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Artist Educator, Dia Teens - Dia:Beacon

Artist Educator, Dia Teens - Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon seeks an experienced Artist Educator to work with high-school-aged youth at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon houses Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which occupies a former Nabisco box-printing factory, features installations of works by some of the most significant artists of the last half century, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public programs.

Dia Teens is an intensive program that elevates the voices, ideas, and contributions of youth at Dia while emphasizing collective agency, critical thinking, and choice. Functioning as an “artist ally” for teen participants, the Artist Educator is responsible for designing and facilitating a yearlong, learner-centered curriculum serving up to fifteen young people from various communities in the Hudson Valley.

Collaborating with participating teens to form an authentic learning community, the Artist Educator ensures a transformative learning experience that offers youth practice in skills related to self-expression, collaboration, and art making beyond a school setting through engagement with contemporary art and practicing artists. Additionally, the Artist Educator supports participants in designing and realizing original programming or projects, and in initiating meaningful dialogue with peers at other arts institutions and within their larger communities. The successful candidate will be dedicated to employing a reflective, responsive, and experimental pedagogy that is authentic to her or his own artistic practice and that is driven by participants’ ongoing inquiries and self-identified interests.

This is a part-time, temporary position based at Dia:Beacon, beginning with regularly scheduled sessions every other weekend during the academic year and concluding with a five-week summer intensive taking place from July to August 2020. The Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia:Beacon, works in close collaboration with the education team based in Beacon and reports to the Director of Education. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research Dia’s collection, history, and relevant concepts and methodologies in contemporary art; articulate a line of critical inquiry that supports and reinforces teen-centered learning; conduct additional research as required to support learning goals over the course of employment

  • Design and implement an original, flexible, and responsive curriculum that contributes to, supports, challenges, or otherwise broadens participants’ understanding of art making and art’s impact in the world; ensure structural support for youth agency by thoughtfully incorporating youth voices and choice making into curriculum design and program sessions

  • In collaboration with Dia’s education team, design, attend, and facilitate all on-site and off-site teen engagement (such as day trips to other arts institutions, artists’ studios, or sites of interest), including regularly scheduled workshops over the course of the academic year and a twenty-session summer intensive

  • Support youth in the conceptualization and resolution of a series of diverse, hands-on projects based on their own interests; support the production of events or presentation of projects as appropriate

  • Establish and maintain a self-directed process of reciprocal reflection with teens, seek out and share resources, and oversee participant social communication and process documentation (such as a group social media account); document youth learning and progress toward learning goals over program arc

  • Communicate clearly, promptly, and on an ongoing basis with the education department prior to and during program implementation regarding curriculum development and work objectives

  • Participate in program evaluations and incorporate feedback from teens, program partners, and Dia staff into program design and delivery as appropriate


  • BA (MA/MFA preferred) in studio art, arts/museum education, or a related field

  • Demonstrable experience designing an original curriculum and facilitating project-based educational experiences in out-of-school settings; experience designing responsive or emergent curricula preferred

  • Experience working with high school-aged youth in a school, museum, or community setting, and a demonstratedcommitment to prioritizing equity and access for youth populations with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and learning styles is required

  • Firm understanding of and interest in contemporary art, particularly the artists represented in Dia’s collection and commissions history

  • Must be a creative, critical, and flexible thinker who thrives in a responsive, collaborative setting and is strongly committed to youth agency; active listening skills, intellectual curiosity, empathy, high emotional intelligence, and comfort with open-ended or experimental working processes is essential

  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently and to balance and meet short- and long-term deadlines efficiently

  • Understanding of and interest in the arts landscape of the Hudson Valley region and/or working knowledge of community-based organizations or educational resources within Beacon’s neighboring communities a plus

This position requires a background check. 

This is a part-time temporary position based at Dia:Beacon. Weekly hours vary, averaging approximately 8–14 hours per week during the academic year and approximately 28 hours per week during the summer intensive. Weekly hours include program facilitation, session preparation and planning, and curriculum design; work relating to research and curriculum development may be done remotely.

Artist educators are paid at a competitive hourly rate. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations, and employees have the opportunity to learn about Dia’s collection through presentations by artists, curators, historians, and writers.

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing the following materials to with “Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia:Beacon” as the subject heading:

  1. Cover letter highlighting your professional experience, pedagogical approach, and interest in the Dia Teens program.

  2. Resume indicating your teaching experience, in particular as it relates to working with high school-aged youth.

  3. Up to three project or curriculum samples (related to schools or museums).

  4. Artist statement and link to portfolio.

No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified. 

Deadline:Open until filled

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.