Open Door Arts (formerly VSA Massachusetts)

The NonProfit Center89 South St #101
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
June 25, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Teaching Artist- Visual Arts


VSA Massachusetts promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in arts and culture by providing arts education programs, professional development, exhibitions and community events.

Our COOL Schools program (Creative Outlook On Learning) has provided over 38 years of inclusive arts-integrated instruction to students of all abilities ages 3-21 in schools and communities across Massachusetts. COOL Schools engages partnerships between teaching artists and classroom teachers to develop arts-integrated learning experiences that support students’ academic, social/emotional and artistic growth and address specific learning standards through drama, dance, visual arts, movement, literary arts, and media arts.

Job Description - Visual Arts Teaching Artist for COOL Schools

VSA Massachusetts is seeking a passionate and experienced visual arts educator for a part-time position instructing students for the 2019-2020 school year at a partner school site. The VSA MA Teaching Artist will be the lead instructor, bringing their expertise in and enthusiasm for their artistic discipline to students and partnering with classroom teachers to support the integration of the arts into their instruction. Available positions for 2019-2020 include:

  • Part-time (October-June), Visual arts Teaching artist at a High School partner site, supporting students with disabilities in a specialized program
  • Part-time (October-June), Visual arts Teaching Artist at an Elementary School partner site, supporting students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings

In addition to instructional time, the position also includes paid planning/meeting times, as well as training and preparation requirements in August and September 2019. Ongoing paid professional development opportunities are available throughout the year. The visual arts Teaching Artist will join a community of teachers, learners, and leaders committed to the vision of achievement of academic excellence for students of all abilities, equal access to high levels of instruction and support high quality arts instruction for all students as a necessary component of creating and sustaining an inclusive learning environment.

While the TA works most directly and routinely with staff and students at the school site, they are employed by VSA MA and obligated to fulfill HR and professional development processes as put forth by COOL Schools.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute developmentally and age appropriate curriculum that addresses artistic and social-emotional learning goals for the students
  • Collaborate and communicate with partner school staff to implement curriculum and design responsive and rigorous lessons and classroom management strategies
  • Submit documentation of student progress to internally shared online resource site
  • Complete all program planning and evaluation documents with partner teachers
  • Participate actively in VSA MA COOL Schools learning community by attending training meetings and completing required documentation

* TAs are paid bi-weekly as VSA MA term employees and receive competitive rates, including paid training and planning.

  • Demonstrated expertise in art form along with a strong ongoing arts practice
  • Experience teaching, preferably in a public school setting
  • Educator’s mindset and disposition that values documentation, assessing student learning and commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Experience and joy teaching students with cognitive, learning and other developmental disabilities in ways that offer multiple options for participation and success and build on student strengths
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work with school partners and COOL staff
  • Availability to participate in occasional ongoing professional development as an arts practitioner and educator

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

School participants represent a diverse swath of the BPS population and we seek candidates who identify with the racial, ethnic, gender, ability, and class diversity of the students we serve.

How To Apply:

Please send a resume, lesson plan example, and a brief description of yourself and why you are interested in the position (including your preference for a high school or elementary level position) to Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview before being invited to lead a demo lesson and offered a position.

Apply by:
July 30, 2019
About this Organization:
Open Door Arts (formerly VSA Massachusetts) promotes access, participation and representation of people with disabilities in arts and culture by providing arts education programs, professional development, exhibitions and community events.  

The COOL Schools Program(Creative Outlook On Learning) creates partnerships between Open Door Arts teaching artists (TAs) classroom teachers, and schools to implement arts-integrated instruction to improve learning and engagement for students of all abilities. 

The Open Door Galleries provides opportunities for artists with disabilities to display their work in our Boston and Worcester galleries and act as a forum for the community to come together to have important conversations about ability, culture and inclusion.

Training and professional development offer opportunities for collaboration with communities and cultural institutions to improve participation in the arts for people with disabilities, as participants, audiences and creators.