The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston 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. During guided visits, K-12 groups explore how contemporary artists question and make sense of the world. Through thoughtfully crafted gallery lessons that offer opportunities for reflection, close looking, and critical thinking, K-12 guided visits nurture student agency, honor student curiosity, and embrace the diversity of thought and experience that students bring to the ICA. The Education Department seeks applicants for Gallery Teachers for K-12 Groups to lead guided visits for school-aged groups during the 2022-2023 school year. Gallery Teachers collaborate with Education staff to develop and teach thematic, multimodal gallery lessons based on ICA exhibitions that incorporate guided discussion and activities. This is a part-time, fixed-term position lasting from November 2022 to June 2023.

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:

  • Work with ICA Education staff and fellow Gallery Teachers to plan and implement guided visits for K-12 groups, with an emphasis on adolescent populations
  • Develop gallery lessons
  • Lead guided visits for K-12 groups on site at the ICA and virtual pre-visits over Zoom
  • Attend virtual and in-person planning and debrief meetings with ICA Education staff and fellow Gallery Teachers
  • Participate in post-visit debriefs and assessment


  • Background or experience in studio art, art education, art history, or museum education
  • K-12 teaching experience in a classroom, museum, or community program setting. Experience with gallery teaching or lesson plan development a plus.
  • Equity-minded, with a demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-bias teaching practices
  • Ability to adjust communication styles to accommodate audiences of diverse backgrounds, ages, and abilities
  • Ability to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, communicate clearly and in a timely manner, and be punctual for all teaching assignments and meetings
  • Bilingual or multilingual a plus
  • Must pass a CORI screening as required for this position

Compensation: $50.00 per hour

Availability and Technology:

Gallery Teachers for K-12 Groups must have availability on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 AM – 1 PM. Starting April 2023, availability on Wednesday or Thursday mornings is desired. Availability for meetings and prep work is required. This is a part-time, contract position with an estimated 15 hours/month. The contractor must have access to technology device(s) and an internet connection in order to participate in Zoom meetings and lead virtual pre-visits with school groups.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume or CV, a brief statement on your teaching philosophy, and the contact information for 3 references to Amy Briggs Kemeza at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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.