Resident Teaching Artists

Each year, CAM hires Resident Teaching Artists (RTAs) to lead our ArtReach in-school programs and teen studio programs at the Museum. RTAs meet regularly to form a community of practice that includes skill sharing and professional development. Each season, select RTAs work with CAM staff to organize an exhibition of their students’ work at the museum. 

Seasonal Opportunities
LEAP Middle School Initiative is a ten-week program offered on Thursdays from 4:30–6:00 pm in the Fall and Spring for students in grades 6–8. Selected LEAP RTAs are responsible for developing and implementing a course curriculum that exposes students to a particular contemporary art practice or medium. Compensation: $1,000 per semester.

New Art in the Neighborhood (NAN) is a twelve-week program offered on Saturdays from noon–4:00 pm in the fall and spring for students in grades 9–12. Selected NAN RTAs will collaborate with CAM’s Museum Educator to teach 24 of the 48 program hours, provide portfolio development, and work collectively on an exhibition project. Compensation: $1,170 per semester.

ArtReach RTAs bring contemporary art into selected schools. Opportunities include multipart Intensive workshops and quarter-long Partnership residencies at Vashon and Sumner High Schools. Selected ArtReach RTAs work closely with the School and Community Program Manager to determine project scopes. Compensation is calculated based on the confirmed teaching load, ranging from $450 for Intensives to up to $2,200 for Partnerships.


Applications for the Spring Semester are currently open and are due October 24, 11:59 pm CT. Applicants will be notified of selection by October 27.

CAM commits to creating environments that are equitable, just, and accessible without discrimination toward a person’s race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, and national origin. RTAs are expected to contribute to the advancement of equitable, inclusive practices.



  • Able to teach on-site at school and/or museum
  • Develop curriculum that will enable the class(es) to acquire the knowledge, skills, and technique required to complete the proposed projects
  • Expose the students to the artistic techniques and creative processes of practicing artists
  • Give students a platform for self-discovery and expression, increasing student visual literacy and their ability to articulate ideas
  • Be a positive role model to students, CAM staff, and fellow RTAs
  • Respond to time-sensitive email correspondence throughout the program and exhibition organization periods
  • Document student attendance and evaluations
  • Communicate with museum staff on curriculum and material needs in a timely manner
  • Help/direct/be present for final installation, opening night, and other culminating events (Details dependent upon project)


  • Skills, training, and/or professional experience in the visual arts
  • Experience working or volunteering with young people, especially middle and/or high school aged students
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias, antiracist education. Teaching Artists with experience connecting with racially diverse and predominantly African American student populations are encouraged to apply.
  • Teaching Artists with the following skills are strongly encouraged to apply this round: graphic design, digital painting, intro to animation, and/or Photoshop.

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