Sep 1, 2009

Seeking an art instructor

McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga is seeking an art instructor to teach painting and drawing to senior citizens. Classes will take place at local senior centers in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. The position will begin in September and will run for 10-20 weeks with four hours maximum instruction per week.

The qualified candidate will have an MFA, two years minimum teaching experience, a passion for teaching and the arts, and a background and/or interest in working with the elderly.

To apply for this position with McGroarty Arts Center, please submit a complete resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation or a list of references to Leslie Fischer, Program Director at or fax 818.951.5348.




Positions Available

Inner‑City Arts is dedicated to bringing the best of creative experiences to the thousands of children who live in the downtown area, and attend public schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. Working with LAUSD and community partners, we offer comprehensive arts and language programs during the instructional school day and after school, with classes in visual art, ceramics, dance, music, drama, and animation to over 8,000 children from 55 area elementary, middle and high schools.

Inner-City Arts is seeking experienced, energetic and talented animation and media arts teaching artists to teach multi-week sessions for elementary and middle school students, grades 3 - 8. We are looking for skillful teaching artists who work from the special resources of his or her own art form in unique and positive ways, and who is able to tailor his or her teaching skills to meet the needs of children who attend downtown public elementary schools.

Animation and Media Arts Instructors at Inner‑City Arts have overall responsibility for the teaching of an animation or other media art area curriculum. Specific job responsibilities include (for animation):

· Designing and implementing a program that teaches the basics of animation to students of a variety of ages and backgrounds, to include instruction in flip books, zoetrope creation, morphing, drawing on film, story-board, cut-out puppetry, claymation, pixilation, and creating backgrounds. Ability to collaborate with students and lead them in original animated film creation.

· Developing, writing and updating lesson plans and curricula outlines for that art form. Ability to revise plans based on the creativity of the students.

· Overseeing animation studio set up, equipment and scheduling of 6-8 classes per week.

· Participating in staff trainings and attending all staff meetings

· Collaborating with teaching staff, team-teaching and envisioning growth of the Animation program to achieve Inner-City Arts curricular goals.


· BFA or advanced degree in Animation, or related art form.

· Experience and practice in the field.

· Experience in teaching and/or knowledge of character and experimental animation content

· Prior teaching experience with ages 7-18 years, and knowledge of public school goals, vision and teaching methodologies.

· Knowledge and/or experience working with English Learners

· Must have the ability to design curricula appropriate for different age groups of children.

· Ability to differentiate instruction for diverse populations.

· Knowledge and/or experience teaching in child-centered education.

· Interest in integration strategies and curricular connections a plus.

· Must be a team player, exhibit patience and sensitivity and enjoy working with children.

· Must be in good physical health

· Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus


The Mark Taper Center/Inner‑City Arts is located in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the Produce Mart and Skid Row.

WORK SCHEDULE: Part-time, full time or as an independent contractor, as determined by availability and schedule of teaching terms. Opportunities in special projects and weekend programs are also available.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience, and employment status.

TO APPLY: Fax/send/e-mail resume with cover letter to: Susie Goliti, Director of Administration, Inner‑City Arts, 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, FAX: 213-627‑6469, NO CALLS PLEASE.