ArtsBank, Inc.

How to Become an ArtsBank Teaching Artist

Title: ArtsBank Teaching Artist

Job Description: Teaching Artists serve students in the school setting while working with school teachers and staff.  They create curriculum based hands-on experiences in public schools frequently with emphasis on STEAM and cross-curricular programming. They are responsible for planning, preparing, and instructing the classes in a safe and timely manner, also in accordance with the policies and procedures of Randolph County Schools and the West Virginia State Board of Education. This position is tasked with developing and preparing teaching curriculum, as well as submitting lesson plans, project proposals and material supply lists to the program director.  The Teaching Artist is required to maintain professional conduct and good communication with students, teachers, school administrators, and ArtsBank Inc. They will prepare student artwork for the annual Student Art Show and attend ArtsBank meetings.

If you are interested in becoming one of our teaching artists, introduce yourself! Contact Akiko Endo, ArtsBank Program Director, by email or call 304.636.3625.

Ideal candidates are practicing artists who have developed a discipline of studio work habits that transfer directly to the demands of academic success. ArtsBank screens potential candidates through basic requirements (noted below), review of recommendations and a series of interviews.

Contact us if you are interested in applying to ArtsBank Inc. Generally hiring, orientation, and training will be conducted prior to the beginning of the start of a new school year.


  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Candidates must be a practicing artist and show a working portfolio as evidence

  • Candidates must have good communication skills

  • Candidates must have some teaching experience

  • Candidates must pass a TB test

  • Candidates must pass a background check

  • Candidates must have time management skills

  • Candidates must have reliable transportation

  • Candidates must have knowledge of classroom management and procedures

  • Candidates must maintain professional conduct in the classroom setting

Upon acceptance into the program, candidates must attend a mandatory, paid training/orientation. At that time, they will be guided through the necessary forms and registration process to teach in Randolph County schools.

Time frame: Teaching Artist residencies are assigned to specific schools. They will be responsible for coordinating with the principal to set up a teaching schedule. Currently the program is offered to the eight public elementary schools in Randolph county.

Supervision:  The Teaching Artist will report to the program director as well as the president and board members as requested.  

Benefit: The Teaching Artist will be compensated at a daily base rate.  Mileage to schools will be reimbursed if a school is more than 12 miles from Elkins, WV.  The Teaching Artist will receive training through a Professional Learning Community.

To apply, please mail the following to ArtsBank Inc, P.O. Box 1933, Elkins, WV 26241:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three References
  • Portfolio of work and completed project concepts.

If you have any questions, please contact Akiko Endo, the program director by email- or call Scottie Wiest at 304.636.3625

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