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Spiral Q

Teaching Artists

Spiral Q seeks experienced, passionate and innovative art educators with a commitment to social change to join our artist cohort. Spiral Q artists lead in-school, after school in person residencies with K-12th graders in Philadelphia & Camden schools. They teach sequential project-based workshops in after school programs around the city. Our pool of artists facilitate workshops in which students work collaboratively using accessible and recycled materials resulting in a variety of visual arts and multimedia projects. Ideal candidates will have strong classroom management skills and understand the power of art, arts education, and social justice. They will be undaunted creative problem-solvers, quick on their feet, and demonstrate an ability to engage, challenge, and interest people of all ages. 

POSITION TYPE: Independent Contractor (not W-2 part time)
PAY RATE: $15 for trainings $20 – $25/hr average

A Teaching Artist is responsible for:

  • Developing age- and contextually-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans, incorporating Spiral Q’s teaching methodology, including the use of environmentally-responsible materials (found, repurposed, recycled) connecting to related Common Core Learning Standards
  • Preparing materials, coordinating and tracking supplies for workshops
  • Cultivating safe learning spaces where creativity, resourcefulness and innovation are encouraged
  • Delivering instruction in a range of settings from classroom to community centers to participants of varying ages and backgrounds, including those with disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Submitting timely documentation, supporting program evaluation reporting, and attending all required meetings and training sessions
  • Managing the set-up, implementation, & breakdown of workshops and classes
  • Performing other duties as needed
  • Working in a collaborative environment with Co-teachers and administrators


The position requires any combination of the following education, experience, and performance, which demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position:

  • Commitment to Spiral Q’s mission, vision and values
  • Minimum of three years teaching experience with in-school and out-of-school classrooms
  • Experience working in diverse, community-based settings
  • Strong ability to collaborate with Spiral Q and partner organization staff to deliver Spiral Q style arts and activism education curricula that incorporate and meet the needs of our partner schools
  • Strong project management expertise with proven ability to accomplish deliverables on schedule
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills (written, oral and visual)
  • Advocate of/experience with social, racial, and economic justice; knowledge of anti-oppression and anti-racist principles
  • Regular weekly availability for planning and teaching beginning immediately through early June (more opportunities announced as the year progresses)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience attending meetings in virtual platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams
  • Experience in a variety of artistic disciplines in visual art, movement, music, theater, & poetry. 

Must be less than one year old or obtained within one month of being hired.

  • PA criminal history (PATCH)
  • Child Abuse (ChildLine)
  • FBI Fingerprinting
  • Mandated Reporter

START DATE: December 

Round 1 Deadline: November 30th 2022

  • Virtual interviews conducted early December (followed by in-person interviews)
  • Training and education programming begins in January

Round 2 Deadline: December 12th 2022

Education Level: 
Bachelor’s degree or equivelent experience
To Apply


Please send the following to

  • Recent resume
  • Employment availability
  • Teaching artist statement
  • Brief RFP (Request for Proposal) of a Sequential Learning Based Project that incorporates art and social justice (as a PDF)
  • Three professional references

In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type the initials ARTEDU followed by your name (Last, First), as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls, please. We will notify all applicants. 

Spiral Q celebrates diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without preference for race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.”

We seek representation within our staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and encourage Black, Indigenous and People of Color as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community to apply.

To Be Considered Please:

Submit your:

  1. Resume
  2. A “one-paragraph cover letter” in the body of your email.
  3. Any links to or images of your artwork, and student artwork

Send email to with a subject title of: Spiral Q Artist Application