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 a Contract Teaching Artist for the February Vacation Week workshop. The February Vacation Week workshop takes place on Tuesday through Friday during the BPS February Vacation, February 16–19, 2021. This workshop will be image-based with a practice in photography, design, or image-making. Participants in this program will be high school students in grades 9–12. 

Teens will meet virtually over Zoom for the four days of this workshop, from 10 AM to 4 PM (with an expectation of independent “offline” work, breaks, and lunch). Under the instruction of a teaching artist like you, participants will work toward a common practice resulting in a finished project or takeaway. They should also be expected to participate in critique and community building over this period of time. 

About the Proposal

We are looking for a teaching artist to propose, develop, and lead this four-day intensive workshop with ICA Teens. 

The workshop should be open to all levels and focus on a specific element within the broader scope of image-making. The workshop should respond to contemporary issues and interests relevant to teens during this time of disconnected relationships and social awakening. 

Prompts to help guide the development of this workshop: 

  • What tools are accessible now for those interested in photography and image-making? 
  • What is the role of a photographer when many/most in-person activities are unavailable? 
  • How can we reimagine what image-making/taking is when we are often removed from our subjects? 

The proposal should have a brief overview of the whole workshop including the desired work created by the participants (1–2 paragraphs) and a brief overview of each day (1–2 paragraphs each). 

The selected Teaching Artist will meet with the participants of this workshop for four consecutive days from 10 AM to 4 PM.  

Interested parties should provide a resume and draft a proposal for the four-day intensive workshop and email it to Sean Snyder, Teen New Media Program Manager at by December 20, 2020. ICA staff and teen representatives will be reviewing proposals and selecting the teaching artist. Final candidate will be CORI screened.