Topic: Faculty & Staff

Community arts education providers employ more than 16,000 teaching artists who are both practicing artists and skilled educators. Other professional staff fill the essential roles that support the organization’s work. An executive director works with the board and manages the staff to guide the organization toward its full potential.

Community arts education providers look for teaching artists to fill specific, long-term teaching positions and to provide short-term services, such as one-day workshops or classes. Teaching artists also market their services to organizations by proposing programs that fit the mission and curriculum. Teaching artists may be full-time employees, part-time employees, or independent contractors. Every community arts education provider does not necessarily have a faculty of full-time and part-time teachers.

Staff size, organization, and responsibilities in community arts education providers vary from one organization to another, but most require a set of core functions:  programs and instruction, student services, administration, and communications, marketing, and public relations.

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