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.

The ICA/Boston is seeking to hire a Contract Teaching Artist for the 2022–2023 School Year. The contract artist will provide services for the Teen Exhibitions Program (TEP), a group of paid teens from the Boston area that work together to plan, curate, and install artwork in the ICA Teen Gallery located at the ICA’s Seaport Studio just two blocks from the ICA. TEP organizes two exhibitions a year to amplify teen art and invite teens in Boston and beyond to engage with the artwork. Teens work together to imagine the possibilities of what an exhibition space can be and work with ICA staff to design exhibitions, install artwork, and create activations to engage the community with the work. The program runs on Fridays, 4–7 pm, from September 9 through June 9, on Saturday, Sep 10, 10 am–4 pm (with some additional days for exhibitions and other events).

The Teaching Artist should plan to be available on all TEP program dates to prepare, set up, execute, and clean up. The Teaching Artist will also develop a scope and sequence for the program, writing plans for individual sessions, and supporting the teens in TEP.

This position is a contract, part-time position with a stipend. The contractor will be asked to propose their fee in the proposal discussed below.

Please note:

  • All ICA onsite contractors are required to reside in Massachusetts and within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.
  • All ICA onsite contractors are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than their first day of work.

Scope of Work:

  • Develop scope and sequence for TEP program
  • Write plans for individual sessions of TEP program
  • Support the teens in TEP
  • Prep, set up, execute, and clean up for program
  • Coordinate with ICA Education staff to procure any materials necessary for their workshops
  • Facilitate program events and activities
  • Participate in post program debriefs and assessment


  • Demonstrated background in working with teens and engaging diverse audiences
  • Understanding of creative youth development
  • Experience working with exhibition design or organizing
  • Experience preparing work for presentation
  • Experience creating spaces with teens that amplify young creatives and center teen voices a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with young people
  • Ability to pass a CORI screening is required for this position

Interested candidates should send a C.V., as well as a proposal (approximately one page) outlining the scope and sequence of the first 4 weeks of the program. This is to give us a general sense of how you would frame the program, begin to build community, and approach working with TEP. In addition, please share payment requirements for completing the full scope of work as outlined above. It is estimated you will spend approximately 158 hours during the contract, the payment requirements should be a flat fee based on completing the project. Please email the C.V. and proposal to Nohemi Rodriguez at . Priority deadline for applications is Friday, August 12, 2022. 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).

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.