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. WallTalk is the ICA’s multi-visit school partnership program for middle and high school students and is a key part of the ICA’s broader effort to engage teens with contemporary art, artists, and the creative process. Through this program students use discussion, visual art, writing, and spoken word to observe, question, interpret and respond creatively to contemporary art. 

Overview: The ICA/Boston is seeking to hire Contract Lead Teaching Artists for the WallTalk program who specialize in visual arts (specifically in ceramics/sculpture) or writing/performance. Based on current ICA exhibitions, WallTalk (WT) consists of multiple museum visits and classroom workshops facilitated by WT Teaching Artists. While at the museum, WT Teaching Artists encourage close observation, exploration, and reflection through guided discussions and activities within the galleries, helping students make personal connections to the works on display. During the in-school workshops developed and led by WT Teaching Artists, students engage in self-expression and creative skill development through visual art making, creative writing, and spoken word/performance-based projects in an engaging and supportive environment. The resulting student work is published in book form and featured in an exhibition and performance at a final celebration event* at the end of the academic year.

*Due to Covid-19, the 2021–2022 final celebration event is tentative.  

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:

The WT Lead Teaching Artists will develop and facilitate curricula for students in grades 7-12. The WT Lead Teaching Artists will create and lead experiences for young people to form connections with contemporary works of art and to reflect on, process, and express their own experiences through creative processes as follows:

  • Work with ICA Education staff and fellow WT Teaching Artists to plan and implement WallTalk program 
  • Lead gallery experiences on-site at the ICA, in-person workshops in classrooms throughout Boston, and virtual workshops on Zoom 
  • Develop resources to be used in classroom workshops and by teachers to support WT projects 
  • Attend virtual, phone, and in-person planning meetings with ICA Education staff, fellow WT Teaching Artists, and classroom teachers 
  • Coordinate with ICA Education staff to procure any materials necessary 
  • Participate in program events and activities 
  • Participate in post workshop debriefs and assessment 


  • Demonstrated background in ceramics/sculpture or writing/performance
  • Experience teaching teens; working with Boston Public School students, a plus 
  • Understanding of creative youth development and social-emotional learning pedagogy 
  • Knowledge of inquiry-based gallery teaching or desire to incorporate it within their teaching practice 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with youth audiences, teachers, and museum staff 
  • Ability to pass a CORI screening is required for this position 


WallTalk Teaching Artists must have availability Monday – Friday during school hours and be able to travel to schools in the city of Boston for classroom workshops. Must be available for school visits to the ICA, which are scheduled 9am–1pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 25 Harbor Shore Drive.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, as well as a proposal (approximately one page) outlining a sample gallery or classroom workshop. This is to give us a general sense of how you would frame the program, begin to build community, and approach working with the teen participants in the program. In addition, please share payment requirements for completing the full scope of work as outlined above. It is estimated you will spend approximately 10 hours/week during the contract; the payment requirements should be an hourly fee based on completing the project. Please email your C.V., cover letter, proposal, and payment requirements to Jessie Miyu Magyar at Priority deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15, 2022.

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.