Teaching Artists Needed | Application open: February 4, 2022 | Deadline: Open until filled


Are you an emerging artist still in school looking for paid opportunities to teach your skill to fellow young artists?

Are you a professional working artist with a desire to give back as a paid part-time teacher to NOLA youth?

Are you an active expert in your field without any teaching experience and/or training and want to learn how?

We want to work with you!!  

At Upturn Arts we specialize in delivering high-quality arts education and enrichment programming to Nola youth year-round. Our young artists take hands-on skill-building classes across a variety of disciplines including visual arts, music, dance, and theater. We have a small roster of faculty but are always looking to meet fresh faces able and willing to give our young artists new experiences developing their confidence and tools to express themselves creatively. 

Upturn Arts, therefore, seeks talented, empathetic, and uplifting artists/arts instructors with an interest in serving and supporting youth audiences from diverse backgrounds. Some opportunities will be for recurring camps, after-school classes, or day-long workshops. In addition to our core visual and performing arts curriculum, we encourage and are open to non-traditional options such as culinary arts, yoga, bucket drumming, film, architecture, fashion, and anything else that has high engagement potential with our young artists. 

The working relationship with our teaching artists is sustainable through our in-house teacher ladder. This is a tracking and advancement tool allowing us to start and progress our instructors through a tiered system of hourly pay raises based on internal work experience and teacher training completed. We also recognize everyone arrives with different backgrounds and ability levels. As such, we curate based on schedule availability, performance in the classroom, and desire to keep coming back. We value the hard work of our instructors and rely on this ladder to offer transparency and accountability. 

Part of the onboarding process will consist of going through tailored professional development training that grounds each new teaching artist to our classroom expectations, ideal types of learning environments, and inclusive social and emotional participant resources. All teaching artists will report to the Program Director who will serve as a rotating site manager and sometimes a fellow teaching artist.  

If interested, please email your updated resume to

Please note: With COVID restrictions allowing for in-person programming, the candidate must be comfortable adhering to the updated protocols and be vaccinated prior to the start of our week of professional development training, although special circumstances will be considered. Additionally, contingent on any offer made, each candidate is subject to undergo a background check.