RPAA is seeking Teaching Artists for its arts-integrated Pre-K and middle school programs. Teaching Artists experienced in theatre, music and dance/movement are needed for in-school and community-based residencies and programs that may span three to ten weeks at a time, taking place throughout the school year.

Artists will develop and deliver residencies as part of our ELLA (Early Literacy Learning through the Arts) program, which uses the arts to develop vocabulary and reading comprehension in early learners. Residencies for middle schools will focus on developing and delivering lessons that integrate the arts-based SOLs with non-art SOLs, as well as immersive arts experiences. If selected, training will be provided in arts integration strategies, developing arts-integrated lesson plans, collaborating with Classroom Teachers in lesson plan development and delivering arts-integrated lessons that include Classroom Teacher engagement.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent combination of training/education and experience.
  • An interest and desire to work with children in grades Pre-K to 3 and/or 6 to 8.
  • Available to deliver artist residencies during the school-day, no less than two days a week.
  • Have reliable transportation to travel to/throughout the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, with an emphasis on Chesterfield and Henrico.
  • Attend trainings and meetings as scheduled.
  • Be clear and reliable in communication with RPAA education staff, teachers and fellow Teaching Artists.
  • Demonstrate an ability and willingness to collaborate with teacher(s) in developing appropriate and relevant arts integration strategies for learning objectives identified by teacher(s).
  • Teaching Artist must engage and include teacher in lessons as part of the goal to provide hands-on, embedded Professional Development for the teacher in arts integration.
  • Must be creative, reliable, resourceful, organized, positive and flexible.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years’ experience working with children Pre-K-12 (classroom, community centers, camps, etc.).
  • Bilingual skills are a plus but not required.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend (at no cost) a two-day Arts Integration Workshop taught by a nationally-recognized Master Teaching Artist. This workshop is designed as a trial run for applicants and the RPAA Director of Education to see if this is a good fit for both. The Workshop will take place at Dominion Arts Center June 22-23, 2017, from approximately 9 AM to 4:30 PM, daily. Based on this, applicants will be asked to join our roster of Teaching Artists and expected to attend an additional two-day Orientation/Teaching Artist Training in September (date TBD) from approximately 9 AM to 4:30 PM, daily, for which there will be compensation.


To apply, please submit the following by June 1, 2017:


  • Resume/CV listing specific teaching experience and other work with children and youth Pre-K-12.
  • Three references with contact information.
  • One page personal Teaching Artist mission statement.


  • Artist work samples (print, CD/DVD, original scripts, links to video or websites, etc.).
  • A sample 30-minute unit/lesson plan for appropriate for the age group for which you are applying.

Please note: This is a contractual hire with no benefits and will require a background check. It is not a full-time position.

Materials should be directed to Melissa Rayford, Education Assistant, RPAA, 600 E. Grace Street, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23219, or

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