Terms: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

Rate: $25/hour, contract position

The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the Greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we strive to utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways.

Teaching artists are integral to the organization’s mission to provide direct support to local artists and to increase access to arts education for youth living in and around North Omaha. Recognizing the acute food access and food security challenges in our neighborhood, we have made cooking an essential part of all youth programs. Teaching artists specializing in culinary arts provide youth with hands-on cooking experiences, with an emphasis on affordable and locally-sourced ingredients and building a healthy relationship with food. This contract position requires the ability to plan and implement sequential learning experiences and one-off workshops for youth (ages 5 and up) and their families during afterschool hours, on weekends, or in conjunction with special events. A background check required in advance.


  • Create a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment

  • Deliver engaging, collaborative, and well-organized cooking lessons

  • Modify instructions, as needed, to meet the needs of all youth

  • Communicate safe kitchen conduct and cooking practices

  • Prep food; setup and cleanup kitchen workspace

  • Communicate necessary ingredients and other supplies for each lesson, staying within the provided budget

  • Use and share recipes that youth and families can replicate at home

  • Promote consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables

  • Lead discussions with youth about the ingredients and what they prepared while they share the meal or snack


  • Demonstrated experience in the culinary arts and a minimum of one years’ experience in a K–12 teaching environment

  • Able to teach food and nutrition in fun and illuminating ways

  • Enthusiasm for working with diverse populations (i.e. race, age, class, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.)

  • Able to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for youth and their families

  • Able to problem-solve and be flexible and imaginative in working with young people and responding to their needs

The Union is committed to creating an environment where youth can see themselves reflected in the arts and education; artists/culinary instructors of color and artists/culinary instructors with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The Union for Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We do not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Period.