Fleisher is always looking for emerging artists to assist with our classes, tuition-free classes, and workshops for children and adults. To be considered, applicants must include the following items:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12), OPTIONAL
Two professional references
Any supporting documentation that demonstrate any experience assisting in a classroom, OPTIONAL

Please note, an up-to-date PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History is required to teach for the Children and Youth program. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher.

Driven by Fleisher’s mission of access to high quality art experiences and our institutional values, “Creative Labs” at Fleisher will aim to provide young people from grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade a safe, inclusive art program during after school hours emphasizing art as a thought process that allows young people to retain their high level of creativity and critical thinking.  

“Creative Labs” will focus on and provide a path to discovery and development of young people’s individual artistic voice while building skills in several artistic practices. Lead teaching artists will work together as a team to develop a thematically driven curriculum for the term, with the ultimate goal of guiding students to learn and refine how to express their thoughts and perspectives through art.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Meeting students at their local school and safely leading them to Fleisher every afternoon 
  • Managing pre-class snack/homework time with other assistant artists 
  • Safely coordinate pick up and 30 minute after care 
  • Assist and implement curriculum and lesson plans for children across a range of ages for a 15 week term in collaboration with the lead After School teaching artists and assistants, with input from the Youth Programs Coordinator and Programs Manager. 
  • Attend monthly planning and check in meetings with teaching artists, assistants and programs staff to communicate and coordinate curriculum and other classroom issues.  
  • Be on time for pick up and class time. 
  • Leaves the room clean and organized with materials put away and children’s artwork placed in safe spaces. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within the classroom. 
  • Create a safe, secure, and fun environment for the students. 

Schedule
Assistant teaching artists will be contracted for up to 5 days per week, in coordination with the Philadelphia School District calendar. Pick up and homework time will occur from 3:00-4:00, with classes running from 4:00-5:30 PM. Each assistant artist will receive an additional 30 minutes of prep time per class. The program will run from August 27th, 2018-June 4th, 2019, with the first of two planning meetings occurring on July 26th, 2018 (attendance is mandatory).

Key qualifications and Requirements 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Two years of art-making experience with a basic artistic skill set. 
  • Some experience doing classroom management or teaching groups of young people, especially elementary and middle school ages. 
  • Experience assisting an artist or implementing a lesson plan 
  • Ability to lead activities on occasion depending on need. 
  • Flexible, can work with variety of skill levels with diverse groups of students. 
  • Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff. 
  • Has current criminal background check and child abuse clearances or can successfully present upon time of hire. 

 Benefits: 

  • $15 per hour, including 30 minute paid additional time per class for set up and clean up (as stipulated above). 
  • Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition 
  • One free Fleisher class per term 
  • PMA ID badge with free admittance to many area museums 
  • Professional development resources 
  • Additional discounts on other Fleisher programming for yourself and immediate family members 

Bi-Lingual teaching artists are encouraged to apply! 

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Driven by Fleisher’s mission of access to high quality art experiences and our institutional values, “Creative Labs” at Fleisher will aim to provide young people from grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade a safe, inclusive art program during after school hours emphasizing art as a thought process that allows young people to retain their high level of creativity and critical thinking.  

“Creative Labs” will focus on and provide a path to discovery and development of young people’s individual artistic voice while building skills in several artistic practices. Lead teaching artists will work together as a team to develop a thematically driven curriculum for the term, with the ultimate goal of guiding students to learn and refine how to express their thoughts and perspectives through art.  

We are looking for teaching artists who specialize in one or more of the following areas of focus: 

  • Painting and Drawing 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Sculpture 
  • Puppetry 
  • Movement 
  • Creative Writing 

Responsibilities: 

  • Designs and implements a well-planned curriculum and lesson plans for children across a range of ages for a 15 week term in collaboration with the team of After School teaching artists and assistants, with input from the Youth Programs Coordinator and Programs Manager. 
  • Attend bi-monthly planning and check in meetings with teaching artists and programs staff to communicate and coordinate curriculum and other classroom issues.  
  • Be on time for class time, including arriving at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time to set up. 
  • Leaves the room clean and organized with materials put away and children’s artwork placed in safe spaces. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within the classroom. 
  • Create a safe, secure, and fun environment for the students.  

Schedule 

Teaching artists will be contracted for 2-3 days per week, teaching from 4:00-5:30 PM, with each artist receiving an additional 30 minutes of prep time per class. The program will run from August 27th, 2018-June 4th, 2019, with the first of two planning meetings occurring on July 26th, 2018 (attendance is mandatory).  

Key qualifications and Requirements 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Experienced teaching with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience (or equivalent experience) instructing technique to a broad population.  
  • Can work within a group of diverse artists and staff 
  • Up to date PA State Child Abuse Clearances and Criminal Record Check  
  • Flexible, can work with a variety of diverse students, ranging in age and artistic skill set. 
  • Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff. 

Benefits: 

  • $31 per hour, including 30 minute paid additional time per class for set up and clean up (as stipulated above). 
  • Annual Fleisher Faculty Exhibition 
  • One free Fleisher class per term 
  • PMA ID badge with free admittance to many area museums 
  • Professional development resources 
  • Additional discounts on other Fleisher programming for yourself and immediate family members 

Bi-Lingual teaching artists are encouraged to apply! 

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Since 1997, Fleisher has partnered with K-8 public schools and social service agencies in South Philadelphia to bring hands-on art-making directly to students. Through a co-teaching model, Fleisher’s Teaching Artist works closely with a classroom teacher to design a ten-week curriculum of creative projects that enhance students’ learning in core subjects, like math, science, social studies, and language arts, while developing studio and technical skills in the visual arts. Each year, 345 students are provided with 30 hours of free arts instruction in one of 15 arts-integrated residencies, and given a sketchbook and art-making supplies to keep. At the end of the school year, their work is displayed in Fleisher’s galleries as part of a Young Artists Exhibition, visited by more than 3,500 community members. Recent residencies took place at Southwark, Jackson, Puentes de Salud, and the Cambodian Association. 

To see recent residencies, please visit fleisher.community.

Requirements and Responsibilities

The Teaching Artist (Artist) has the following responsibilities to make the artist residency a positive and engaging arts-integrated learning experience for participating children and youth: 

  • Designs and implements a well-planned youth focused curriculum and lesson plans for a 10-week residency with the collaborative assistance of classroom teacher/site staff (Teacher) and Manager of Community Programs (Manager)
  • Respectful of classroom space and rules, discipline style, and other expectations of the children. 
  • Communicates regularly with Teacher about kids’ needs and daily plans for residency. 
  • Effectively plans and requests all materials for the project from the Manager in a timely manner. 
  • Arrives at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time to set up. 
  • Leaves classroom or artmaking space clean and organized with materials put away and children’s artwork placed in safe spaces. 
  • Informs Teacher of unexpected change of plans such as illness or other absences as soon as possible. 
  • Informs Manager on necessary arrangements for pick-up of children’s artwork for end of year exhibition. 
  • Answering brief weekly journal questions around the progress and impact of the residency 
  • Regular attendance at Monthly Skill Share meetings and Quarterly Professional Development sessions, availability confirmed by Manager ahead of time 
  • Demonstrated ability of bilingual facilitation and/or art instruction (Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or Cantonese) is a PLUS 
  • Can provide PA State Police Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History, FBI background check, and Act 126 Mandated Reporter Training Certificate. 

The artist is generally on site two times per week for 90 minute sessions each. Artists are allotted 15 hours of prep for the entire residency. Instruction and prep time are compensated at $31/hr. Meetings scheduled throughout the residency cycle will be scheduled at the Artist’s availability and will be compensated at $25/hr.


Benefits
As a member of Fleisher's faculty, teaching artists receive: 

  • A Fleisher household membership for the duration of employment. 
  • 30% discount for art materials purchased at the Fleisher supply store; a 10% discount at our partnering supply stores. 
  • Discounted rates for rental of Fleisher facilities for meetings, lectures, and private events. 
  • Free use of Fleisher studios, pending availability, by appointment for personal work. 
  • Comped tuition for Fleisher classes each semester (material/model fees must be paid.) 
  • Staff ID card from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, allowing free admission to the Museum, access to the Museum library and slide library, and discounts at the Museum Shop.

To apply please submit:

  • Current résumé outlining teaching history
  • Images of current work (maximum of 12)
  • Images of work created by students (maximum of 12)
  • Three professional references
  • Course descriptions and curriculum outlines for courses taught
  • Other supporting documentation, including evaluation or available clearances 

Please note, you cannot begin a residency through the CPA program unless you have your clearances. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher. Please note the FBI background may take 4-6 weeks to process.

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Who we are and why this is important:

The Fleisher Art Memorial is a source for inspiration, creativity, and community. Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our studio classes, exhibitions, and community‐based programming. We are a non‐profit organization committed to advancing the vision of our founder, Samuel S. Fleisher, who believed that art is one of society’s greatest assets and equalizers, and from the doorway of his Graphic Sketch Club, “invited the world to come and learn art.”

Through all of our work, we strive to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age, economic means, or artistic experience. We operate one of the nation’s first community‐based arts centers, providing free and low‐cost studio art classes along with opportunities for beginning and seasoned artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. To further enhance our mission, Fleisher’s arts education programming reaches deeply into schools and community centers and has brought us national recognition and powerful opportunities to advocate for and shape arts education initiatives throughout the region and the country.

Teaching Artist Key qualifications:

· Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Fine Arts degree a plus

· Experienced teaching artist with a solid artistic skill set, and a minimum of two years teaching experience instructing technique to a broad adult population

· Experience doing community engagement work with diverse populations

· Experience developing a thoughtful, fun, creative, and culturally appropriate lesson plan and a class curriculum spanning from 5 to 10 weeks.

· Can provide clear and thoughtful feedback to students, both in group and one-on-one settings.

· Flexible and can work in a variety of studio environments with large and diverse groups of people.

· Punctual, organized, communicates in a timely fashion with Fleisher staff

· Language skills in Khmer, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese a plus

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

· Design and implement a well-planned lesson

· Communicate with relevant Manager about basic supply needs, curriculum development, model requests, and lesson plans

· Arrive 15-30 minutes before class to set up

· Manage classroom time to appropriately clean the studio space with students before end of class

· Respectful of students, partner employees, and Fleisher Staff

· Inform relevant Manager of any unexpected change of plans such as illness or other absences as soon as possible

Fleisher is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply please submit:

An artist statement
Current résumé
Images of current work (maximum of 12)
Images of work created by students (maximum of 12)
Three professional references
Course descriptions and curriculum outlines for courses taught
Other supporting documentation, including evaluation and assessments of previous teaching experiences (*Optional)

Please review the following backgound check required for each program:

Community Partnerships in the Arts

- PA State Police Criminal Record Check

- PA Child Abuse History

- FBI Background check with fingerprinting

- Act 126 Training Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Certificate

Children and Youth Program

- PA Child Abuse History

- FBI Background check with fingerprinting

You cannot begin a residency through the CPA program unless you have your clearances. You do not need these documents at the time of applying, only if extended a formal invitation to work at Fleisher. Please note the FBI background may take 4-6 weeks to process.

Fleisher has a need for figure models on a rolling basis. We like to employ a roster of models that includes all types to pose for life drawing and painting classes. The environment is professional and welcoming, and the students have a range of experience. Models are especially needed for weekday afternoons. Experience is a plus, but the main requirements are reliability, punctuality, professionalism, and the ability to hold a pose.

Applications must include a headshot and clothed full-body photograph. Models interested in working within our children and youth program must have up-to-date state criminal and child abuse clearances.

Fleisher Art Memorial is excited to announce the call for entries to the 43rd season of the Wind Challenge Exhibition Series. Established in 1978, the series is an annual juried competition that is committed to enriching and expanding people’s lives through art. Three Wind Challenge Exhibitions will be held September 2020 through May 2021. To learn more about Fleisher or about the Wind Challenge, please visit fleisher.org.

Selection Process

A two-stage selection process is used to review applicants. 

Round 1: Two jurors, an artist and a curator, are assigned to review submitted artwork. Artwork is reviewed online, and the identity of the applicant remains anonymous. From this initial review, approximately 10% of candidates are selected to advance to the second round. Finalists are notified via e-mail by the week of September 23, 2019.

Round 2: Finalists are required to deliver an original work to Fleisher, which is reviewed along with their original image selections by the artist-juror panel (installation artists have the option of submitting a specific proposal for the Fleisher gallery.) Again, the identity of the applicant is anonymous -- the jury process is based on the merit of the work alone. Applicants selected to exhibit will be notified via e-mail.

Jurors

Maria Dumlao

Maria is a mixed media visual artist whose work has been exhibited and screened at Art in General and Momenta Art Gallery in NYC, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii and internationally in Utrecht, Barcelona, Vancouver, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Tokyo. Maria has had residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Wassaic Projects, Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, and at free103point9's Wave Farm in Acra, NY. Maria’s collaborative work with Brainstormers has appeared at Brooklyn Museum of Art and Bronx Museum of Art (a collaboration with Guerilla Girls) and received funding from The Puffin Foundation. Maria earned an MFA from Hunter College and currently teaches at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. 

Atif Sheikh

Atif is co-founder and resident curator of Twelve Gates Arts (12G), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created with the aim to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Atif orchestrated the first 12G experimental video art festival in 2015 and has curated other art exhibitions such as Not so black & white 2010, Cinephiliac 2013, perform(art)ive 2015, Lived Experiences 2016, and an ongoing project called "alternative narratives of history and exploration of memory through art." 

Eligibility

  • Artists must currently live in CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or Washington, DC.
  • Artists may not show the same major body of work in a regional gallery or alternative space in the same year as the Wind Challenge exhibit.
  • Students enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate granting program during the year of the exhibition are ineligible.
  • Artist must be able to transport their work to Fleisher Art Memorial. 
  • Previous Challenge artists are ineligible.

Exhibition Details

The Wind Challenge Exhibitions are held in the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries. The 2020-2021 Challenge exhibitions are tentatively scheduled for October, December, and April.

Selected artists receive a $750 honoraria and are included in Fleisher's publications, electronic and print announcements, and online profile. Artists are required to:

  • Display recent work in a five-week, three-person exhibition. 
  • Speak about their work to guests at a public reception on the opening night.
  • Create a public event or activity in conjunction with the exhibition, with support from Fleisher staff.
  • Attend a Saturday “Talk About” which is open to the public and includes families and young people and allows artists to enter into conversation with participants about their work. 

 
Application deadline: midnight, September 13, 2019
To learn more, including viewing past artists and exhibits, please visit fleisher.org

The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is made possible with thanks to generous support from the Wind Family Foundation and through Fleisher members.

Fleisher Art Memorial