Background and Description

Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a nonprofit visual arts organization in Arlington, Virginia. Located in an historic school building near the Virginia Square Metro, AAC operates as a small non-collecting museum with nine galleries, two classrooms, and twelve artist studios. Its mission is to enrich community life by connecting the public with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, educational programs, and artist residencies.

Position Description

Arlington Arts Center is seeking thoughtful and creative art instructors interested in working with kids and teens. We are looking for art instructors interested in teaching on-site at AAC with proper covid-19 precautions in place. AAC is a contemporary arts organization with a mission to provide high quality art education for children and adults. We encourage our instructors to expand the creativity and artistic skill of their students by developing innovative and interesting projects and curriculum.

Instructors are responsible for the following:

  • Developing and executing a unique art curriculum that provides high quality art education. We encourage our instructors to expand the creativity and artistic skill of their students by developing innovative and interesting projects.
  • Creating materials lists and coordinating with AAC staff, preparing and organizing supplies for projects for each class.
  • Communicating consistently and openly with AAC staff through email, and over the phone when necessary.

About the position:

  • On-site art classes will have a maximum of 10-12 students in a single class.
  • Instructors leading classes with students ages 5-7 or 8-11 will work with a volunteer classroom assistant aiding in prep, clean-up, classroom management, escorting students to/from the restroom, etc.
  • AAC requires instructors, students, and classroom assistants to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask at all times.
  • This is a contracted position starting at $32/hour – $35/hour based on experience.
  • Youth classes are offered for the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, and 14-18
  • *AAC offers adult courses as well but we are primarily looking for instructors to lead children and teen classes at the moment.

An ideal candidate:

  • Has 2+ years experience teaching children and/or teens.
  • Has strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has strong planning, and time management skills.
  • Is a practicing artist themselves.
  • Instructors must pass a national background check.

Arlington Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. AAC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Request reasonable accommodation by contacting Catherine Anchin, Executive Director, at

If interested, please contact Lia Ferro, Education Coordinator at with the following:

  • Resume/ CV
  • 3 images of your student’s work
  • 3 images of your work
  • 3 professional references

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