Teaching Artist 2021

Education Department

Two part-time temp positions up to 16 hours/week:
June 2021-mid-Sept 2021, Wed-Sat or Thurs-Sun, 11 am-3 pm
Mid-Sept-Jan 9, 2022, Wed-Sat or Thurs-Sun, 11 am-3 pm
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Hourly wage:  $25/hour (Contract position)
Status:  Accepting applications until position is filled

Position description

The Museum Teaching Artist is responsible for managing a maker space environment within a museum exhibition. This person will facilitate inquiry-based learning through asking questions rather than giving answers to encourage exploration and experimentation. The Museum Teaching Artist will foster a fun and engaging environment that supports innovation, critical-thinking and curiosity. The incumbent will create an inclusive environment to make the arts accessible to all, regardless of circumstances or ability. The Museum Teaching Artist will create and lead a collaborative art project, prepare materials for hands on activities, participate in program evaluations, and present artist demonstrations for visitors.  This position also provides a potential opportunity to offer two workshops.

This summer the exhibition will delve into the makers’ relationship with nature, pulling from all parts of the MAC collection to inspire an immersive and family-friendly experience. Discover how the landscape inspires artmaking through the artwork and relationship of Northwest artists Wesley Wehr and Joseph Goldberg. Explore the natural motifs, tradition, and importance of beaded bags in the plateau cultures. Investigate the use of natural materials in millinery and its many different forms. Learn the story of a blacksmith who flew the first plane in the Inland Northwest, illustrating our obsession with flight over the ages.


Professional artist with depth of artistic knowledge in a variety of mediums.
Possess an engaging teaching style to reach participants across diverse developmental levels to include them in the creative process.
Ability to adapt to varying populations and age groups.
Experience leading youth and adult programs.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work and education experience.
Ability to express interpretive concepts clearly and concisely.
Ability to work as a member of a team and independently.
Strong organization and communication skills.
Must be physically able to lift 30 pounds, stand for long periods of time and climb stairs.

Preferred qualifications

Interested candidates should have a passion for sharing the region’s stories with audiences of all ages, cultures, and learning preferences through a variety of media. A bachelor’s degree in art with education experience is recommended.

To apply

Please send the following information in Word or PDF format to: katie.staib@northwestmuseum.org
Cover letter
Artist Resume
Artist Statement
Artist Bio
Up to 5 image/media samples and/or websites/social media illustrating relevant work


Position Details
Employment Type Part-Time
Date Posted March 17, 2021
Valid Through August 31, 2021