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The Creativity Lab was created by Bob Bates, co-founder and artistic director of Inner-City Arts, and is supported by The Walt Disney Company. Its central purpose is to encourage students to pursue tasks and challenges using creative thinking and creative problem-solving. In the Creativity Lab, we use the scientific method expressed in the following sentence: “Test—Evaluate—Adjust the Design.” This is a powerful example of “learning by doing” that looks at “mistakes” not as failures but as new opportunities for innovation. The Creativity Lab studio classes are based in problem solving and collaboration. We use simple materials to create complex structures, and students learn how to use basic hand tools and operate power tools such as drill presses and scroll saws. Students achieve an understanding that mistakes, improvisation, and exploration are part of the creative process.
Inner-City Arts is seeking a creative individual with Maker Movement experience, focused on “learner-centered,”learning-by-doing processes that combine artistry, exploration, and craftsmanship to teach in the Creativity Lab. The Teaching Artist’s primary role will be to partner with our Artistic Director and Co-founder Bob Bates to lead a team of creative, inventive, committed people and deliver a unique curriculum in the art studio/maker space/science -lab environment.
The Creativity Lab Teaching Artist would serve as the studio lead for a team of other Teaching Artists and studio staff within a flexible, cooperative environment, and as a member of the Creativity Lab’s team. He/she should uphold the values of artistic and scientific exploration as expressed in the philosophy and values of the program.
- Required experience: minimum Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related field.
- Established practice in the process of “making,” creating, and inventing.
- An ideal candidate would have an Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education background with a foundational understanding and education in child development and how it affects participation in the creative process.
- Proven track record of a commitment to youth ages 8-18 with a minimum of six years teaching experience in either school or community settings.
- Mechanical ability a must—able to operate both hand and power tools. Awareness of best practices for safety for both adults and children.
- Experience integrating technology into the curriculum (3-D printing, robotics, virtual reality)
- Knowledge of and implementation experience in STEAM curriculum.
- Demonstrated experience in Curriculum Development.
- Demonstrated experience in research and development of new student projects in educational practice.
- Understanding and articulation of VAPA and CCS Standards.
- A commitment to diversity, and effectively working with diverse participants.
- Ability to take the initiative and work well with others compassionately.
HOURS: FTE, 40 hours per week
LOCATION: Inner-City Arts is a contemporary, creative facility in the downtown Los Angeles Warehouse District, adjacent to the Produce Mart and Skid Row.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.
TO APPLY: Please send a resume and letter of interest to the Hiring Committee, via email to, firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Creativity Lab Teaching Artist”
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