Do you share our passion for art and kids?
You’ve come to the right place.
Since Ruth Asawa went into that first public school more than fifty years ago, hundreds of career painters, sculptors, dancers, singers, drummers, and more have followed suit—sparking creativity in their students and receiving rich rewards in return. We couldn’t reach as many children as we do without a diverse array of talented Artist Mentors sharing their expertise in our many visual and performing arts programs.
Calling All Artists.
We are always seeking working artists who are keen to share their talents in a variety of disciplines (see below). Residencies are available in the public schools (K-8); with our musical theater troupe, the SFArtsED Players; at after-school programs; and during SFArtsED Summer Camps.
Specifically, we seek artists who have demonstrated a commitment to developing connections with students and the school community, and who have the ability to develop hands-on visual- and performing-arts projects that integrate critical thinking, individual learning skills, and collaborative communication. Flexibility is also key!
All Resident Artists are paid as independent contractors, and submit invoices for payment (once per month during the school year, and every two weeks during summer)—the rate of pay increasing with experience with the organization. Outside of contracted hours, Artists may also be compensated for time spent on performances and exhibitions.
We ask new artists to shadow veteran artists in the summer at our camps or during the school year. And we may ask applying artists to “audition” teach in classes at schools or summer camp.
- Active in your art form on a professional level.
- Experience teaching visual or performing arts to a diverse group of young people.
- A deep understanding and knowledge of your art form and the ability to share those concepts with students.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Openness to feedback from SFArtsED directors on teaching approach.
- Willingness to problem-solve with school partners (e.g. classroom teacher and principal).
Public Schools: Artists are most frequently sought for residencies ranging from six weeks to a full school year, depending upon school needs.
SFArtsED Players: We begin staffing artists for our musical theater troupe, the SFArtsED Players, in August, and hire for rehearsals from December through April, with performances in April. Rehearsals typically involve one day per week after school (up to two days as we approach the opening of a show) and Saturdays.
Summer Camp: We seek Artists for our Summer Camps in late winter and spring, in anticipation of the coming season.
- Dance (Creative Movement, Modern)
- World Dance (Capeoira, Hip-Hop, African, Brazilian)
- Music (Drumming, Rhythms, Orff, Choral)
- Visual Arts (Mixed media, Fine Arts, Ceramics, Textile)
- Musical Theater (Dance, Staging, Theater Direction, Choral Direction)
- Creative Writing (Lower-school theater/story scenes)
- Piano Accompaniment (for Musical Theater)
We interview all year for upcoming positions, and often hold audition classes throughout the year.
To apply or request more information, please email or send your résumé to Mia Waller. Please also include a cover letter, brief bio, examples of professional work, and any work that you have completed with students, as well as a sample project proposal.
The San Francisco Arts Education Project
Mia Waller, Program Director
c/o Sydney Goldstein Theatre
135 Van Ness Avenue #110
San Francisco, CA 94102
Upon receipt of your application packet, the Program Director may be in touch to schedule an in-person interview and classroom audition.