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Teaching Artists in Residence Search

Artscope’s mission is to foster emotional well-being, expansive and intentional inclusivity, and environmental harmony through imaginative art. . 


Position Summary


Artscope is searching for qualified artists with a passion for education to join our 2023/2024 Teaching Artists in Residence cohort. This program embeds local studio artists in area schools, providing students access to high-quality arts-education within their school day, while granting artists access to consistent income and other resources.


Artscope provides the framework for skill sharing, informed community engagement, and collaboration as our Teaching Artists engage with, listen to, and model these philosophies with students in a classroom setting. This all supports the ultimate goal: facilitating connection to self through creativity.


This position includes all the duties of a fully immersed school teacher: classroom space, curriculum planning, independent classroom leadership, and more. Our Residents will work in cohort, meeting bimonthly to discuss strategy, skill share, and support one another’s endeavors.


Core Responsibilities


-Elementary level art curriculum development and instruction 

-Grade submission through prescribed systems

-Creation and ordering of workable Art Room backstock and classroom space

-Collaboration with partner schools, Artscope staff, and community members

-Maintenance of workable Art Room backstock

-Lesson plan and semester overview development

-Participation in bimonthly round table discussion with Residency cohort 

-Participation in Artscope professional development

-Advocacy for arts education 

-Gathering and submitting images of student artwork to Artscope

-Other tasks assigned by Artscope



  • -Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Arts Education, or related field.

  • -Flexible or open schedule Monday-Friday during academic year between 10-20 hours/week

  • -Experience in teaching or facilitating art workshops/classes for K-8 students or relevant age groups.

  • -Proficiency in one or more art forms (e.g., painting, drawing, theater, music, dance, etc.).

  • -Strong communication skills to engage with students, teachers, and parents.

  • -Flexibility to adapt teaching methods for diverse learners.

  • -Passion for inspiring creativity and nurturing students' artistic expression.

  • -Collaborative mindset to work effectively with teachers and school staff.

  • -Cultural sensitivity and ability to incorporate diverse perspectives.

  • -Patience and empathy in guiding students' artistic growth.

  • -Demonstrated classroom management skills.

  • -Ability to pass a background check

  • -Access to a reliable method of  transportation to and from partner school site assignment across St. Louis City and County


Our Ideal Candidate will Embody the Following Traits:

Flexibility: Naturally adaptable and open to embracing different teaching environments, student needs, and community dynamics. Adjusts lesson plans and approaches to meet student needs.

Good-humored: Uses humor to foster a positive and engaging learning atmosphere, connecting with students and diffusing tension when needed.

Problem-solving skills: Creative problem solver, finding innovative ways to deliver impactful lessons despite limited resources.

Cultural Sensitivity: Respectful of diverse cultural backgrounds, integrating culturally relevant content into teaching.

Empathy and Patience: Builds a supportive and inclusive learning environment, recognizing students' unique backgrounds and learning styles.

Passion for the Arts: Evident enthusiasm for creativity and artistic expression, inspiring students to explore and appreciate art.

Excellent Communication Skills: Conveys ideas and instructions clearly to students, staff, and community members.

Collaborative Spirit: Works harmoniously with teachers, parents, and community leaders to achieve common goals.

Resilience: Committed to making a positive impact, even in challenging educational landscapes.

Growth Mindset: Actively seeks opportunities for personal and professional growth to improve teaching practice.



-Part time employees working over 20 hours per week or more will have access to Supplemental Insurance, Pet Insurance, Tickets at Work, FreshBennies, IDShield, Legal Shield and much more

-Part time employees working less than 20 hours per week will have access to our employee assistanceship programs and some telehealth resources 

-Community engagement and facilitation training 

-Participation in a  team of dedicated, collective, and community-focused artists

-Paid time off for qualifying employees

-Paid lesson planning opportunities



Starting pay is $24 per hour for Teaching Artists in Residence. Compensation may vary based on qualifications, experience, and other factors. 


Artscope’s Dedication to Expansive Inclusivity

Artscope is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other protected category. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to these characteristics. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that a diverse workforce brings to our organization and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.


How to Apply
Does this sound like an incredible fit? Send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to Artscope Executive Director, Sophie Powell, at If you have any clarifying questions, feel free to call our studio at (314) 865-0060.



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