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. 

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.  

Position Description

The WT Teaching Artists will develop and facilitate curricula for students in grades 7–12. The WT Teaching Artists will develop digital resources 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.  

Responsibilities

  • 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 

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated background in visual arts (for visual arts WT Teaching Artist) or writing/performance (for writing/performance WT teaching artist) 
  • 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 

All ICA contractors are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by November 15, 2021. All new contractors starting services after November 15 will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 no later than their first day of work. The individuals who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of providing on-site services. 

Availability 

WallTalk Teaching Artists must have availability Monday to Friday during school hours. Must have availability for ICA visits, which are scheduled 9 AM–1 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.  

Rate 

This is a contract, part-time position with a rate of $50 per hour. Mileage for travel to schools will be reimbursed at federal rate.  

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a C.V., an artist/teaching statement, and sample lesson plan to Jessie Miyu Magyar, School and Family Programs Manager, via email at jmagyar@icaboston.org. Priority deadline for applications is October 31, 2021.