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Hiring Teaching Artist: Visual Arts Track

About Elevated Thought Inc.

Elevated Thought is an art and social justice 501(c)(3) organization based in Lawrence, MA. We develop spaces for BIPOC youth and communities to engage and understand art’s liberating power. ET actively addresses forms of injustice through creative youth development, spatial reclamation projects, public outreach, and paid opportunities for BIPOC creatives.

Why Join Our Team? Make an impact with us as we commit to a mission that challenges and works to dismantle systemic oppression. Learn and grow as we are committed to expanding the capabilities of everyone we serve and within our team. Be supported by our commitment to offering a benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick, and personal time, 16 paid holidays, and three rejuvenation periods (25 days); additionally, medical and dental coverage is offered including a wellness stipend and professional development budget.

Teaching Artist: Visual Arts Track

Full-Time | $48,000 - $54,000

As a Teaching Artist reporting to the Program Director, you will use your education and visual arts experience to support the growth and learning of youth in our I Am Art. I Am Change. Apprenticeship program through the facilitation of workshops and classes designed to build their knowledge base. This position aims to facilitate a comprehensive artistic, technical and intellectual understanding and use of the mediums such as drawing, painting, mixed media and more. You will foster a climate that inspires creativity, intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression and critical-thinking, and help recruit and support young people in their efforts to understand, process, and advocate for social justice issues in the community.

This position works Monday - Friday, 35 hrs/wk. Evenings and weekends may be required.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop and facilitate a curriculum for visual arts access for youth that introduces new media and techniques, highlights BIPOC artists, canonical artists, and social justice issues/themes including the creation of supplemental programs outside of the apprenticeship.

  • Engage in and support youth’s goals while helping to build their professional, artistic and social entrepreneurship skills, maintaining consistent communication with them.

  • Introduce and model respectful inquiry and the acceptance of different world views, cultures, traditions, and identities creating an inclusive and healthy learning environment.

  • Play an active role in the marketing, promotion, and recruitment of youth by supporting the planning and execution of events, public workshops, and other aspects of programming.

  • Document apprentices’ work and progress while supporting the creation and preparation of their long-term public art projects.

  • Join the larger vision of ET by actively participating in all staff meetings, and related programming and project meetings

For this role, you will need:

  • Minimum associates degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience related to teaching, youth development and/or social justice work.

  • A diverse portfolio.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is curious; always learning and seeking ways to make things better.

  • Is conscientious; keeps promises, taking commitments to others seriously.

  • Is humble; lead with humility and empathy, respecting and learning from the perspectives of others.

  • Has strong interpersonal and professional communication skills with the ability to work, advocate, and build relationships in a collaborative style with a diverse range of people.

  • Proficient personal organization skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize and use time effectively.

  • Is able to exercise good judgment and discretion.

  • Is strategic and possesses creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Has good time management and written/verbal communication skills

  • Takes initiative

  • Is bilingual (English/Spanish)

To apply: Email cover letter, and resume to


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