Teaching Artists for School Tours Program Workshops

Call for Teaching Artists for School Tours Program Workshops

About us:

The USC Pacific Asia Museum, established in 1971, is one of a few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving the city of Los Angeles and the Greater Southern California region. The museum’s mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

What we are looking for:

The Education Department is seeking proposals from teaching artists to lead workshops as part of our School Tours Program for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of the program, the museum offers docent led tours accompanied by hands-on art workshops for students in grades 1-12. The workshops are inspired by themes in Asian art and culture. Current projects offered are calligraphy, brush painting, origami, dragon design, and pagoda drawing.

We are interested in activities that teach a technique or theme found in Asian art while allowing students the opportunity to express themselves creatively and think critically through the art making process. Projects that directly relate to objects in the museum collection are preferred.

The activity should be modifiable for different grade levels. Each workshop is one (1) hour, which includes clean-up time.

Teaching artists must have experience working with diverse groups of students with different skill levels. Artist should have classroom management skills and a basic knowledge of or familiarity with Asian art and culture. You are welcome to submit more than one project idea.


  • The programs runs Wednesday through Friday, 10am-12pm
  • There are two (2) one-hour workshops, back to back, for a maximum of 35 students at a time
  • Artists are compensated $60 per hour for a total of three (3) hours per day. This includes teaching two workshops and 30 minutes for set up and 30 minutes for clean-up ($180 total)
  • Artists are scheduled based on their availability up to 4-5 days per month
  • The program runs from September through May
  • A docent will assist you with each class
  • This is a contracted position
  • If your project is selected, you will then need to submit a formal lesson plan

How to Apply: Email the following materials to Valentina Quezada (Youth and Family Programs Specialist) with the subject line: School Tours Teaching Artist Proposal

Submit via email:

  • Resume/CV
  • Workshop proposal including:
    • Description of activity and the grades for which it is most appropriate
    • List of materials needed
    • Why you are interested in working for USC PAM
  • Example(s) of previous teaching work

Deadline: July 31, 2019