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 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.
Teen Digital Cooperative (TDC) is a group of paid teens from the Boston area that find creative ways to share, honor, and amplify stories they gather from people across Boston. Participating teens will learn to use digital media tools like DSLR cameras, audio recorders, and editing software, and will build skills for interviewing and storytelling. Participating teens will use a mix of photography, video production, and bookmaking to create a multi-disciplinary project that explores the ideas of Home & Transformation. The project will connect to the 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize exhibition artists Cicely Carew, Venetia Dale, and Yu-Wen Wu. This project will incorporate working with a teen-centered community partner to create media for the project, interview other teens, and build community across teens in Boston.
- Develop scope and sequence for program with consideration of learning objectives and project outcomes set by ICA Staff
- Write plans for individual sessions of program
- Support the teens in TDC, including by facilitating their creative practice
- Oversee prep, set up, execution, and cleanup during programming
- Coordinate with ICA Education staff to procure any materials necessary for their workshops
- Participate in program events and activities
- Participate in post workshop debriefs and assessment
- Experience creating spaces with teens that amplify young creatives and center teen voices
- Experience working with digital media tools like audio recorders, cameras, and editing software — Zine-making & Book-making is recommended
- Demonstrated background in working with teens and engaging diverse audiences
- Understanding of creative youth development and the ability to implement positive youth development values within curriculum
- Ability to work collaboratively with young people and facilitate creative technical skills, build confidence, and community among young people
- Ability to pass a CORI screening is required for this position
Performance Period and Availability:
The Teaching Artist should plan to be available on all TDC program dates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 10th through August 4th from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM, with 2 additional direct service hours to be decided. The Teaching Artist should also plan to spend approximately 10 additional hours developing a scope and sequence for the program, writing plans for individual sessions, and supporting the teens in TDC.
This position is a contract, part-time position with a stipend. The total stipend for this position is $3,850.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, as well as a proposal (approximately one page) outlining the content and structure of the 12 sessions. This is to give us a general sense of how you plan to facilitate this project. Please email the C.V. and proposal to Madeline Muhlberg, Teen New Media Program Manager, at MMuhlberg@ICABoston.org by May 30th.
The ICA’s Seaport Studio is located at 100 Pier 4 Blvd, 2nd Floor, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).
The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce 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.