Group photo of Upstream Arts Staff and Teaching Artists in our colorful office.

We’re hiring!
Apply now for to be a Teaching Artist

Accepting applications through September 23, 2022

Upstream Arts is looking for experienced Teaching Artists of any artistic discipline to join our Teaching Artist Roster: actors, dancers, clowns, painters, musicians, singers, playwrights, directors, physical theatre artists, multi-disciplinary performing artists, mixed media visual artists, writers, poets, composers, and all other unclassified artists.

This is a part-time position.  Hours vary depending on organizational need and artist availability. Applications accepted until September 23, 2022.

The mission of Upstream Arts is to use the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. In our programs, professional artists teach fundamental skills in a variety of art forms through activities that nurture self-expression, conversation skills, and group participation. We integrate individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts programming designed to develop social and communication skills vital to success in school, work, and life.

Upstream Arts’ Teaching Artists teach our multi-disciplinary arts-based curriculum in teams of 2 or 3 in schools, adult day centers, and community groups in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. All classes are taught in a group facilitated structure with Teaching Artists rotating up front leading activities. 

Teaching Artists are provided paid training to learn how to teach our unique curriculum as well as training in teaching strategies for working with mixed-ability groups. 


  • Collaboratively facilitate programs as part of a Teaching Artist Team
  • Attend Teaching Artist Trainings throughout the year
  • Assist with the development of new curriculum
  • Give and receive timely feedback 

Skill Requirements:

  • Artistic background
  • Minimum 1-2 years Teaching artist experience
  • Excellent group facilitation and communication skills
  • Ability to work and collaborate as part of a team
  • Ability to project an air of calm in hectic environments

Valuable Skills:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • Bi–lingual in Spanish, Hmong, Somali or American Sign Language
  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • Background in education


This is an in-person position, with the possibility of some remote or hybrid classes.

Upstream Arts adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy in January 2022. All employment with Upstream Arts is conditioned on candidates being fully vaccinated. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs, or practices, that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from our vaccine requirement.


This is an hourly position, $18-$28 per hour, commensurate with experience. Upstream Arts offers accrual of Paid Time Off and eligibility to opt into a retirement plan.


Email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by September 23, 2022.

Upstream Arts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.  Individuals with disabilities, people of color, women, trans, and gender-queer individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.