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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lead Artists, TCA at MCA


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) seeks two Lead Artists to co-teach and co-guide The Creative Agency (TCA at MCA), a rigorous new program for 15-19 year olds that invites participants to collectively explore what art is (see link for more information). Under the supervision of the MCA's Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, Lead Artists actively participate in recruitment, participant selection and outreach; co-create the TCA at MCA curriculum and implement the program, adjusting plans as needed; teach weekly sessions and co-guide program participants during the course of the program; and maintain regular, proactive communication with partner Lead Artist and MCA staff, ensuring the full integration of the program within the core activities of the museum.

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Fine Arts, Humanities, Human Development, Education or Art Education. Master's degree preferred. Active creative practice (in visual, performance, writing or media-based art) required. Minimum three years experience teaching teens and youth. Minimum one year experience teaching youth in out-of-school environments and one year experience in curriculum development and student assessment in formal or informal settings. Candidates must be able to work collaboratively to co-plan and co-lead a youth program, develop curriculum, and evaluate progress. Experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation preferred. Candidates will have knowledge of gallery-based teaching, art interpretation, and experience teaching effective verbal communication. Candidates will have a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in contemporary art. Active knowledge of new media and digitally-based social networking tools required. Strong knowledge of arts organizations, artists and arts programs in the Chicago area preferred. Ideal candidates will demonstrate creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness and must also demonstrate a capacity for giving feedback and incorporating feedback into practice. Position requires a professional demeanor, good judgment, and excellent people skills, including effective verbal communication skills. 12 hours per week, Saturdays 1:30-5 pm and 7.5 hours on other weekdays and select evenings as needed to plan and implement the program. Projected start date June 6, 2011. Program launch date September 10, 2011. This is a one-year temporary position with possibility for renewal.

Send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Application for Lead Artist, Teen Programs position by email to Applications are also accepted by fax at 312.397.4095 or by mail at Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Please use only one format when sending your application. The Museum of Contemporary Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in its workplace. No calls please.

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