The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. 

Teen arts education is central to the ICA. At the ICA, we believe that robust arts education—including learning by doing—is critical to building future artists, audiences, and engaged citizens, and we aim especially to create a more equitable education for teens. Members of our Teen Programs return year after year, becoming familiar faces who we get to see learn, grow, do amazing things, and head out into the world. 

Program Overview 

The ICA/Boston is seeking to hire two Contract Guest Teaching Artists to work with the Teen Program, Artists & Writers Collective (AWC). AWC is a cohort of creative 9th- to 12th-grade teens who are committed to expression through visual arts, performance, and writing. Teens meet once a week for two hours* to push each other creatively and create mixed-media immersive works. They work with professional guest artists like you to explore immersive art-making experiences that challenge and expand their creative process.

*Due to Covid-19 we are meeting over Zoom 

About the Proposal

We are looking for two Guest Artists who will each spend three weeks with AWC and facilitate immersive hands-on creative experiences. Selected Guest Artists will meet with the collective for three consecutive Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We are looking to have one Guest Artist in February 2021 and one in the month of April 2021.

Interested parties should email their resume and a proposal to Nohemi Rodriguez, Teen Programs Associate, at by March 21, 2021. The proposal should describe the creative experience, including what AWC members will be invited to create, what sorts of materials they might use, and a brief overview of how the experience will unfold over the three Wednesdays. Proposals will be reviewed by ICA staff and AWC members. Final candidate will be CORI screened.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation Red and Silver Line.  Currently, ICA staff is primarily working remotely until further notice.

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.