Upturn Arts is a fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to build confidence in themselves as artists. Classes and camps are provided on a sliding scale and scholarships are given to almost 60% of the children who attend. The ultimate goal is to provide “Arts for All”.

Upturn Arts Teaching Artists are professional working artists in their art form – yoga, dance, music, theater, visual arts – who teach our young artists the basics in order to prepare and perform original works.

Upturn Arts is hiring Teaching Artists for our summer camps. To apply email a cover letter and resume to

Teaching Artists Expectations (summer)

Teaching Artists will instruct 2-3 age groups (ranging from 4-14 years old) in preparation for a short performance at the end of each two-week camp.

Recycle Camp: June 3 – 14

International CampJune 17 – 28

Adventure CampJuly 1 – 3

Superhero / Fashion & Photography CampJuly 8 – 19

STEAM / Music Production & Architecture CampJuly 22 – August 2

Explore NOLAAugust 5 – 9

Requirements as a New Hire – Classroom Assistant Opportunities

Hiring for a Teaching Artist position is determined by previous classroom experience in after-school and in-school programs. Applicants that do not meet our experience requirements may be hired first as a Classroom Assistant.

New Teaching Artists are required to attend all paid Professional Development summer training between Tuesday, May 28th – Friday, May 31st 9am-2pm.

In addition, Teaching Artists will sign a contract for one year with Upturn Arts starting in the summer. Additional classes, camps, and partnerships will be assigned for the fall, winter, and spring of the following school year.

All Teaching Artists must be able to pass and submit a background check prior to working with our Young Artists.