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 are 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, mass incarceration, systemic racism 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. As a part of Artistic Noise’s program model we hire many of the young people who participate in our programs through our innovative Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Program.

Artistic Noise is looking for an experienced and qualified Teaching Artist to teach in our innovative Art & Entrepreneurship Community Program in Boston. We are looking for someone who can be the lead Teaching Artist for this program that will meet 2-times-a-week in Dorchester, MA. The sessions are each 3 hrs and there will be an additional 4 hours of prep/ admin time. This is a 10hr week position that will run from late September through - mid June with the possibility of extension. The program will meet in the afternoons and can be scheduled around the Teaching Artist’s availability.

Who we are looking for:

Our ideal candidate believes deeply in the mission of Artistic Noise and that the voices of young people involved in the justice system must be heard. You believe that our youth can and should be leaders in their communities. You understand that in order to support their leadership development we, as a society, must provide long-lasting support systems and safe spaces for young people to positively develop. You understand that the youth in our programs are extremely valuable and have a unique and important perspective on themselves and their communities. You believe in the power of art.

You are committed to social and racial justice. You are committed and interested in how art-making can support these ideals. You have knowledge and experience with the communities we work in and with, professionally and/or personally. You are able to approach this work with vigor, passion and energy, while understanding this work also requires patience, flexibility and humility. You are honest and sincere, kind and consistent.

You are a visual artist. You have your own personal studio practice and can bring your technical and conceptual expertise to the position. You understand personally the power of art both viewing artwork and creating artwork. You also understand the vulnerability inherent in creating personal works of art and then showing this artwork.

You are an educator and youth worker. Inspiring those you work with and supporting all who work with you. Working in a small grassroots organization excites and inspires you. You understand the challenges of an organization like ours and are willing to take these on. You are skilled at creating dynamic lesson plans and implementing these lessons with teens. You have strong teaching and group facilitation skills. Ideally you have experience working with disengaged youth. You are patient, self-motivated and flexible.


  • Design and implement a innovative and collaborative long term visual art project that examines issues important to our youth

  • Run 2 weekly art workshops

  • Bi-Weekly with supervisor

  • Administrative tasks include, submitting participant invoices, sending out weekly updates, creating lesson plans and supervising Assistant Teacher when applicable

  • Attend end of year exhibition in NYC

Submission Materials:

  • Cover Letter

  • 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.