The South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC), Dallas Texas is seeking part-time Teaching Artists (TA) to teach students K-8 during the 2019 Summer at the Center Program. Selected Teaching Artist will be available to work at least one week during the four-week Program.



May 8, 2019



TA’S will be compensated $50 per hour.

Supplies and materials are excluded from compensation and will be purchased and available prior to class starting.



The SDCC is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Its mission is to provide instruction and enrichment in performing, literary, media and visual arts with emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. The Center seeks to educate and inspire through the arts by offering a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora.



The Harlem Renaissance, also referred to as the “New Negro Movement,” was a cultural revival giving way to exceptional literature, art, music and political activism in the early 1920s through the early 1940s. Students will be presented a basic context of the movement’s legacy and international African-centered. Lessons will convey an immersive introduction to many of the great artists, writers, musicians, works of art and literature produced during that time. Developing a common visual and written language through individual and group activities, will help students identify a deeper meaning of self and inherited the legacy. By the end of the camp, students will have experienced hands-on art-making, writing and composition forms that reinforce the principle ideas of the Harlem Renaissance.

Length of program: 06/10 – 07/3/2019 8am-5pm; one-hour lunch break

  • Students are grouped into the following grades k-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8
  • Teaching Artists (TA) will be assigned groups based on qualifications and availability. TA’s will spend up to four hours daily with assigned group(s) at least four days weekly depending on artistic discipline (see Program Outline and Schedule)
  • TA’s will have up to 30 minutes for lunch and may be asked to assist with students during the remaining 30-minute break (as needed).


Program Outline*

Week One: Orientation & Media Literacy and Advocacy **

Program Summary: Documentation; Blog; Publication; Social Media Posts; Articles


Week Two: Visual Art

Program Summary: Sculpture; Photography; Cut-out paper tableau


Week Three: Literature

Program Summary: Group/Collaborative Poems; Individual Poems; Prose; Spoken Word


Week Four: Music & Dance

Program Summary: Music Compositions; Choreography; Movement


** The ideal candidate for week one will have proficiencies in English/Language Arts, History or Visual Art (with Graphic Design or Visual Communication experience a plus)

  • Trained Student Leaders/Camp Counselors) will be assigned to each group to provide classroom support for each
  • TA’s required to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to classes
  • TA’s responsible for maintaining clean and orderly



Summer Classes (all grades)


8:00-9:00 Students arrive Students arrive Students arrive Students arrive Students arrive
9:00-10:00 Outdoor/Indoor programmed play Outdoor/Indoor programmed play Outdoor/Indoor programmed play Outdoor/Indoor programmed play Field trip

(all grades all day)

10:00-11:30 Class time Class time Class time Class time Field trip

(all grades all day)

11:30-12:30 LUNCH

(all grades)


(all grades)


(all grades)


(all grades)


(all grades)

12:30-2:00 Class time Class time Class time Class time Field trip

(all grades all day)

2:00-4:30 STEM Camp STEM Camp STEM Camp STEM Camp Field trip

(all grades all day)

4:00-5:00 Pick-up Pick-up Pick-up Pick-up Pick-up



Teaching Artists are expected to perform the following duties:

  • Pass background check requirements before the Program start date
  • Develop appropriate and contextually relevant lesson plans and acquire materials for their classes
  • Provide arts instruction to students of varying backgrounds and art-making experiences
  • Attend a KICKS planning meeting organized by Big Thought
  • Attend one mandatory training sessions at the SDCC
  • Submit documentation including: final lesson plans and photographs of completed projects



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one or more arts discipline, related training or equivalent experience
  • Working as an artist or teaching in one or more art discipline
  • Demonstrable ability to create safe, inclusive and creative learning environments for children
  • Capacity to engage and teach children with varying learning styles and abilities
  • Ability to perform in busy, non-traditional classroom setting
  • Flexible, adaptable, creative problem-solver


Submittal Materials


Current Résumé or CV

cover letter detailing experience, qualifications, and indication of grades and group preference(s)

Sample description of a hands-on, art-making or creative project workshop Sample lesson plan for students grades k-8 that you originated



  • Submission Review May1-May 6, 2019
  • Interviews as needed
  • Selection/Notification on or before May 10, 2019
  • Mandatory Big Thought KICKS conference May 16, 2019
  • June 1, 2019 – 9am – 3pm mandatory orientation
  • Draft lesson plans and materials/supplies list due – June 8, 2019