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Teaching Artists

Tacoma Arts Live is looking for part-time Teaching Artists to teach in after school programs. Are you experienced in one or more performing arts disciplines? Passionate about sharing that experience with others? Able to facilitate the creation of student-generated work and project-based learning activities? Available from approximately 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday for one or more days? Prepared to support the social-emotional development of youth? If you answered Yes!, then we encourage you to apply.



Teaching Artists build and sustain relationships with staff at each school site as well as with Tacoma Arts Live staff and educators. Classes are taught after school at various partner district schools from approximately 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with possible opportunities for daytime teaching as well. These are in-person classes.

Tacoma Arts Live is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 42 year-old arts organization that is committed to producing the highest quality programs and to the belief that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences. We are seeking Teaching Artists for our Education Programs, and encourage qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace to apply!

Wage: $25-30 per hour depending on experience level; Teaching Artists are paid for teaching time, trainings, and a set amount of prep hours.

COVID-19 safety: Employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, for the safety of all employees and our students. Masks are to be worn by all employees when teaching and in the office.


  • Work with Tacoma Arts Live Education Team to plan and sequence lessons for your class in alignment with program objectives
  • Deliver lessons
  • Convene pre-session planning meetings as applicable
  • Maintain attendance records of each class as applicable
  • Work with Tacoma Arts Live Education Team to maintain healthy partnering relationships with school districts, schools, and other support organizations
  • Evaluate student learning as applicable
  • Attend Teaching Artist meetings and periodic professional development learning opportunities
  • Support students at culminating event or performance event of class
  • Communicate verbally and/or in written form directly with parents via a class welcome letter, periodic updates on class progress and dissemination of culminating event information


  • BA or BFA in Performing Arts, Education, or equivalent experience
  • Ability to engage, challenge and support student growth through the arts
  • Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for youth and adults
  • Ability to sequence lesson plans for optimal student learning and engagement
  • Ability to work with students of diverse life experience
  • Ability to partner with other teachers
  • Capable of performing in busy, non-traditional classroom settings
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, plan ahead, anticipate and articulate program needs, and work independently while keeping open communication and status reports with supervisors
  • Must provide own transportation to school sites throughout Pierce County

We invite interested applicants to apply online. No phone calls please.



Hiring Timeline:

  • Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be held on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants strongly encouraged to apply before December 3.
  • Interviews will conclude by December 21, 2021.
  • Teaching Artists will go through onboarding and training in early January 2022 for class sessions that begin in late January 2022.

Wage: $25-30 per hour depending on experience level; Teaching Artists are paid for teaching time, trainings, and a set amount of prep hours.

About Tacoma Arts Live

Tacoma Arts Live is recognized for leadership in presenting world-class performing artists, providing one of the largest performing arts education programs in Washington State - serving 50,000 students, teachers, and families annually in the South Puget Sound, including deep levels of service with our Kennedy Center Partners, the Bethel, Puyallup, and Tacoma School Districts. We also manage the historic Tacoma Armory on behalf of a private owner.


We recognize that transforming events and venues that once symbolized exclusion and elitism into true community gatherings is a long-term endeavor. Tacoma Arts Live is committed to confronting the multidimensional nature of accessibility in economic, geographic, racial and cultural terms, among others. Learn more about our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism work.

Tacoma Arts Live is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status as provided by law.