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Teaching Artist, Family Programs - Cool Culture

Teaching Artist, Family Programs - Cool Culture

Cool Culture seeks a thoughtful, passionate educator with a background in cultural equity and social justice to join our dynamic team. This teaching artist will serve as Project Manager for the Brooklyn-based We Are All Curators Family Program. Responsibilities include: curriculum development, coordinating meetings between museum staff and early childhood educators, and facilitating a series of five family workshops that culminates in a celebratory art exhibit for families. The Teaching Artist will also contribute to Cool Culture’s program evaluation efforts.

The Teaching Artist role centers on creating arts and cultural experiences that will build relationships between families, educators, and museum professionals in their community. To achieve this goal, they will work hand-in-hand with families, early learning centers, and museum educators to design a program that reflects their community’s unique interests and cultural identities while exploring a variety of cultural centers and cultural institutions. They will also partner with museum educators, to establish a prototype for creating family-centric experiences that are co-created by families, and which reflect the culturally diverse art of their communities.  We are seeking a candidate who can join us 4-5 days per week, and will be available one weekend per month. 

A successful candidate demonstrates the following attributes: 

Has extensive experiences working with historically marginalized communities and families

Is an exceptional workshop facilitator, with a focus that includes leadership development 

Has strong project management and program evaluation skills

Enjoys, and excels at, relationship building 

Has experience developing family engagement curriculum for families with children ages 6 and under

Is an effective collaborator with a genuine openness toward learning and constructive feedback

Has demonstrated experience working on issues of cultural equity, and bringing communities together to drive social justice initiatives

ABOUT WE ARE ALL CURATORS 

Through the We Are All Curators initiative, Cool Culture engages families with young children, early learning centers, and museum partners. Working with families, educators and museum partners we explore the role of arts and culture, and curator practices in storytelling, and examine the stories told by families, communities and museums in their curator and creative practices.  

Specifically, the We Are All Curators program seeks to: 

Increase artistic and cultural engagement and participation, by demystifying the practice of curation and expanding perceptions of who makes, curates and exhibits art

Engage families to challenge dominant narratives, craft affirming counter narratives and share stories of resistance 

Positioning families to create art that affirms their cultures and histories, and share these works of art online, in cultural institutions, and within their communities

Harness art and culture to build stronger community and civic engagement

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:  In consultation with the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation and Assistant Director of Programs, the Teaching Artist, Family Programs will support the program team across the following points of engagement:

Program Management

Coordinate program logistics and prepare materials for planning meetings, family workshops, and the culminating family exhibit celebration; communicate program information to program participants, including promotional and outreach materials, supplies purchase and assembly, and the recruitment and training of volunteers and other support staff

Manage relationships with museum partners, early childhood partners, and families

Document all project activities and manage evaluation processes

Curriculum Design and Facilitation

Develop and facilitate a series of 5-8 family workshops and the program’s culminating celebration

Develop the curriculum in collaboration with Cool Culture team members, museum partners, early childhood centers and families

Develop relationships and build enthusiasm amongst participating families 

Support with facilitation of We Are Curators, Professional Development series for Educators

Support with Cool Culture’s Annual Family Festival with art making and children’s activities

Qualifications

3+ years’ experience in the nonprofit field, including developing and facilitating programs for families with children under 6 years old

Exceptional project management and program evaluation skills, including a proven record of successfully implementing complex initiatives

Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with racially diverse groups from various socio-economic backgrounds

Sound judgement, and an ability to prioritize efficiently with minimal supervision

Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills 

Ability to juggle multiple projects while maintaining strong attention to detail

Excellent command of Microsoft Office and Google Apps; STATA proficiency is desired (but not required)

Knowledge of social justice practices, education, arts and culture

Experience working with families and young children

Cool Culture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


READY TO APPLY? Please email your application to hr@coolculture.org, as:

Email subject line: “Teaching Artist, Family Programs _LastName_FirstName” 

Attach the following three documents:

Your resume 

Cover letter

Answers to the four questions found below. (Please label responses with the corresponding question number.)

Application Questions:

Tell us about a time when you successfully managed a program. What was the outcome of your work? (Max: 200 words)

What approaches would you pursue when engaging families who participate in Cool Culture's program? How would you measure program impact? (Max: 200 words)

Why is this sort of role the right professional investment to make at this point in your career? (Max: 200 words)

Please share your compensation requirements, in terms of hourly and annual salary

ABOUT COOL CULTURE

Founded in 1999, Cool Culture is a New York City based nonprofit that helps under-resourced families gain access to arts and cultural intuitions. Cool Culture’s mission is to amplify the voices of families and strengthen the power of historically marginalized communities through engagement with art and culture, both within cultural institutions and beyond. Cool Culture is building a cultural pathway for low-income families that might otherwise lack access the enriching learning experiences that children need to thrive. 


Our mission is twofold: 1) offering families fun educational opportunities, including free unlimited admission to world renowned resources; and 2) seeking to empower historically marginalized communities through art and cultural engagements. 

Cool Culture programs center upon art, cultural engagement, and social justice as a channel for: 

Building awareness and inclusion

Strengthening family engagement

Stimulating early childhood education

Activating leadership within our communities

To achieve these goals, our organization currently partners with 90 cultural institutions, over 400 Early Childhood Centers and Department of Education schools. Currently, we reach 50,000 diverse New York City families. Last year alone, more than 185,000 Cool Culture parents and children visited our partner cultural institutions. 

Cool Culture is an outcomes-driven organization. We are a small and resourceful team that wear multiple hats. As a staff, we seek clear direction while also being comfortable with ambiguity, and understand the importance of being agile and nimble in achieving our mission.