Ruckus Roots

Teaching Artist

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

RuckusRoots is an LA-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides sustainable arts programs to underrepresented communities throughout Los Angeles.  Our interactive approach fosters positive experiences centered on intersectional environmentalism and artistic expression. The result is stronger communities and citizens empowered to build creative, sustainable futures. 

This position is for an independent contractor paid on an hourly or day-rate basis (dependent on experience)

Expected Hours of Work:
Teaching time will be 1/hr week for 10 weeks and additional 1-2 hrs of planning/prep time per week, plus planning and attendance of final exhibition. 

Position Summary:
The Teaching Artist will collaborate with the Programs and Executive Directors of RuckusRoots to design and lead a 10-week holistic arts program for youth aged 6-12 focused on creative reuse, plastic waste diversion and food access, in partnership with FEAST for All Los Angeles. Working within a loosely established framework, Teaching Artist should be able to contribute creatively to designing the curriculum, sessions and final exhibition (held virtually or in person), be comfortable using recycled materials to create art and passionate about teaching. Teaching Artist will be responsible for planning, preparation, activity guidance, classroom management while successfully working alongside RuckusRoots and FEAST supervisors and/or staff. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate virtual or in-person classes (TBD)
  • Prepare materials for each workshop session
  • Use a wide variety of techniques to engage, inspire and interact with students
  • Collect, organize, and submit student work, sign in sheets, surveys, handouts, etc.,
  • Document program with photos and video with personal mobile device and share with RuckusRoots
  • Other duties, as necessary

Must have: 

  • At least 2 years of experience teaching youth in art-related field, preferably in a community setting
  • Knowledge of and experience in workshop/session planning
  • Strong facilitation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of visual art and creative reuse
  • Access to a personal computer, reliable internet and related software applications (Google Drive, Zoom, etc)
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and time management skills
  • Interest in sustainability, repurposed materials 
  • Willingness to submit to background check eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Willingness to take COVID test or show proof of vaccination before potential in-person sessions/events


Other Duties:

  • Please note this description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the teaching artist for this position.
  • Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This document does not create a contract, implied of otherwise, other than an at-will relationship.





To apply

Please respond with a resume, letter of interest, and two references to [email protected] Incomplete applications will not be considered.