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. Teaching artists are locally-based creatives who can 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. Teaching artists provide hands-on visual arts instruction while creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. A background check is required in advance.


  • In coordination with the Youth Engagement Coordinator, develop and deliver age-appropriate and culturally- and community-responsive lesson plans

  • Communicate necessary supplies and lead preparation of materials for each lesson

  • Assist with setup and cleanup of the youth studios

  • Submit notes on the teaching experience, including but not limited to observations on student performance, collaboration, and overall learning

  • Participate in orientation, trainings, and program/project assessment


  • Demonstrated experience in an art discipline and a minimum of two years’ experience in an arts and teaching environment

  • Able to teach art techniques in illuminating and engaging ways

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

  • Skilled in creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for youth and their families

  • Capable of performing in non-traditional classroom settings

  • Has 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

  • 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 of color and artists 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.