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Teaching Artist (Museum)
Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

Oakland, CA

MOCHA teaching artists provide hands-on arts instruction in a range of settings. They are assigned placements based on scheduling, experience and interest. Depending on their assignment, teaching artists may also be responsible for developing curriculum, planning and preparing lessons, completing evaluations and attending meetings.

MOCHA teaching artists work in the following settings:

  • Classes, Camps, and Workshops: Artists teach art workshops and collaborate with MOCHA staff to create age appropriate curricula
  • Field Trips: Artists lead classrooms and after-school groups in interactive art lessons and provide an introduction to the museum
  • Open Studio: Artists facilitate drop-in studio sessions for children, youth and their families
  • Art Parties: Artists facilitate art parties for children and their families
  • Special Events/Community Programs: MOCHA artists provide hands-on activities at community events


  • Program Planning: Working with MOCHA staff, develop contextual and age-appropriate hands-on arts education lessons. Coordinate with MOCHA staff to obtain supplies and maintain a responsibility to museum facility and art supplies
  • Art Instruction: Deliver 60 to 90 minute lessons that include discussion, hands-on art lesson, student-assisted clean-up and closing discussion for youth ranging in age from pre-K to 12th grade, and from a variety of backgrounds including students with special needs and children with English as a second language
  • Open Studio: Assist youth and adults as they interact with the studio environment. Encourage their creativity and exploration of materials. Set-up and continual clean-up of art studio
  • Meetings & Trainings. Attend all required meetings and training sessions
  • Evaluations & Reports. Complete all necessary evaluations and reports, including standard MOCHA evaluations and any additional evaluations/forms required for grant-funded programs


  • Experience providing hands-on arts education to youth
  • Ability to demonstrate, engage, challenge and interest youth through the arts
  • Experience designing and implementing developmentally appropriate art curriculum
  • Knowledge of youth development and arts education principles and practices
  • Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for children, youth, families and volunteers
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to work well with children and adults
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, and imaginative. A sense of humor and excellent communication skills
  • Bilingual is a plus

This Position Reports To: Director of Programs

Hours: Artists may be assigned to work during the school day, after-school, and/or on weekends and evenings.

Rate of Pay: $16-$19 an hour

To Apply: Please send a cover letter (explaining your interest in being a MOCHA Teaching Artist) and resume to, subject: (Applicant Name) Teaching Artist Application. Please note incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls please.

Address: 1625 Clay Street, Suite 100

Deadline: 01-31-2017

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