Educator-in-Residence Program Pilot: Spring/Summer 2023

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Mural Arts Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts Philadelphia exists to provide transformative experiences, progressive discourse, and economic stimulus to the City of Philadelphia.


Our mission: Through participatory public art, Mural Arts Philadelphia inspires change in people, place, and practice, creating opportunity for a more just and equitable Philadelphia.


Mural Arts seeks candidates who value and demonstrate the following core competencies: committed problem solving, deep thinking and fearless creation, inquisitive learning, thoughtful communication, mindful collaboration, personal accountability, and a commitment to actively prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Mural Arts Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Mural Arts Philadelphia seeks applications for a new residency program designed to engage an educator in meaningful collaboration with Mural Arts teaching artists and Art Education staff. The Educator-in-Residence will help identify and deepen best practices, provide professional development to Mural Arts teaching artists & Art Education staff, and propose new approaches based on the needs of program participants. 


The Educator-in-Residence will serve as a thought-leader and our “eyes and ears” to the field for the Spring and Summer. The Educator-in-Residence is afforded a stipend, and access to staff and resources to develop and realize their projects. We seek applications from dynamic educators to act in an advisory role to the Art Education department, lead professional development sessions, and develop curricular and classroom resources for teaching artists. 


TIMELINE: (Spring/Summer 2023):

Applications accepted beginning March 6, 2023

Applications due by April 14, 2023

Selection Committee reviews applications week of April 17, 2023

Educator-in-Residence selected and notified April 2023

Dates of residency: May 2023 - August 2023


Desired Qualifications: 


At least 3-5 years of previous teaching experience or work in education, specifically working with middle school and/or high school participants

Knowledge of healing-centered practices

Knowledge of anti-racist education practices

Some knowledge of how out-of-school time programming works with within public school environments

A creative practice or knowledge of creative practice(s) e.g. visual and performing arts, poetry, music




A minimum of three visits (in-person) to Mural Arts education programming in Philadelphia. The Educator-in-residence will be asked to provide observations and recommendations following these site visits 

A minimum of 2 one-on-one meetings with each Lead and Assistant Teaching Artist pair to review curricula and provide feedback (virtual or in-person)

Lead two 2-hour professional development sessions for Mural Arts Teaching Artists and Art Education staff

one session will be scheduled the week of June 26, 2023

the other session is flexible between May - August 

Create and share resource guide for teaching artists

To Apply


This Educator-in-Residence can complete most functions remotely, but will be required to complete a minimum of three in-person observations of our Art Education programming in Philadelphia during the residency period (May 2023 - August 2023). This position is not eligible for benefits. 


To apply, please submit a resume and the following materials, with subject line “Educator-in-Residence_Your Name,” to by Friday, April 14, 2023 


2-3 lesson plans that exemplify working with school programs and diverse communities 

3-5 samples of previous student work or classroom images with brief description of project(s)

A proposal responding to the following questions (up to 800 words):

What is your teaching philosophy? 

What excites you about this opportunity? 

What do you bring to Mural Arts Philadelphia as an educator? 

What professional development sessions or programs do you propose developing with the Art Education staff and teaching artist faculty?