Artistic Noise Teaching Artist – Job Description

About Artistic Noise

Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.

Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and New York, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.

By working with youth while incarcerated or confined as well as back in the community Artistic Noise provides continuity for young people who are often experiencing trauma and upheaval in their lives. Our staff of teaching artists and licensed art therapists works with our participants to create safe, challenging spaces for creative expression. Using a variety of artistic mediums, youth explore themes such as friendship, loss, sexual violence, community, freedom, identity and their dreams for the future. This structured artmaking fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills that are beneficial to the teens' healthy psychological development.

About new Teaching Artist position

Artistic Noise is looking for experienced and qualified Teaching Artists to teach various studio art programs. Depending on candidates and their availability the Teaching Artist can teach either one or more programs. The Artistic Noise Teaching Artist will co-facilitate workshops with an Art Therapist focusing on Artistic Noise’s restorative justice and positive youth development models. We are looking for Teaching Artists for the following workshops:

●      Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 in our Art Therapy Program for youth on Probation in Jamaica, Queens

●      Tuesdays from 2:00-4:30in our Residential Placement Studio Program on Rikers Island. This Teaching Artist will be compensated for travel time.

●      Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 in our Art Therapy Program for youth on Probation in Harlem.

●      possibly other days and times

The Probation workshops are for youth ages 14-16 involved with the juvenile justice system. The Rikers workshops are on EMTC on Rikers Island for young men age 18-21. We are looking for a working artist with experience working with disengaged youth. There is the possibility of additional workshops as well with times and locations to be determined at a later date.


●      Create and implement a curriculum for art projects with youth involved in probation in collaboration with an Art Therapist

●      Design innovative visual art projects examining issues important to our youth, especially related to youth incarceration.

●      Collaborate with the other Artistic Noise programs to organize our annual art exhibit in June

●      Run 1-3 weekly groups in a Restorative Justice format (we will train you prior to beginning)

●      Meet monthly with Artistic Noise’s Director and the art therapist involved

●      Organize fieldtrips as necessary (not applicable to Rikers program)


●      Experience working with disengaged youth a plus.

●      Expertise in developing art curriculum for teens.

●      Strong teaching and group facilitation skills.

●      Commitment to working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth.

●      Belief in the creative potential and crucial voices of young people affected by the juvenile justice system.

●      Interested in issues of art and social justice.

●      Keen political/social/critical analysis skills.

●      Creativity and desire to grow with a small grassroots non-profit.

●      Patience, self-motivation, and flexibility.

●      Working artist with a strong studio practice.

Submission Materials:

●      Cover Letter (please specify which programs you are available for)

●      CV

●      Artist Portfolio, or Artist website

●      Examples of prior student work (if available)

Please email your submission package as soon as possible to:

Please write Teaching Artist Application in the subject of the email.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.