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we're hiring Teaching Artists!

Chicago, IL

4-8 hours per week

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Job Description​


Olive Tree Arts Network is a youth arts organization that uses creative expression to promote cooperation, understanding, and peace in our multifaith and multicultural society. We bring together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students to create a welcoming and safe environment for them to form friendships and build empathy through collaborative artmaking.

Poetry Pals is an in-school program and we visit faith-based schools throughout Chicagoland. During our sessions, we write poetry, perform plays, create visual art, make music, see each other’s holy spaces, and share our unique traditions to help kids find common values among the Abrahamic religions. 

Position Overview

We are looking to grow our team! Olive Tree Arts Network seeks passionate, enthusiastic teaching artists to join our Poetry Pals team this Spring. We are hiring for six 3-hour sessions on weekday mornings between the beginning of March and mid-May. Teaching Artists are artists who teach and integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into classroom settings. We plan to hire at least 6 candidates.
This is an opportunity to bring your passions for the arts and interfaith peace into classrooms around Chicago. A successful candidate will value the rich cultural diversity of the community and be passionate about arts education. Olive Tree Arts Network offers competitive compensation, a creative work environment, opportunities to impact and develop programming, professional development, and flexibility.


Experience in classrooms and/or working with children and youth is preferred. 
Successful candidates will enjoy working with children and have experience in arts education, an arts discipline, or traditional art practices. They will be eager to cultivate relationships within a diverse, multicultural community.

   Ideal candidates will be:

  • Confident in busy, non-traditional classroom settings

  • Excited to share and teach their creative talents

  • Playful, spontaneous, and comfortable acting in simple teaching plays

  • Collaborative and cooperative

  • Experienced in or enthusiastic to learn classroom management techniques

  • Reliable and consistent

  • Check email regularly

  • Supportive of the mission of Olive Tree Arts Network



More Info


Starting pay for Teaching Artists is $50 per hour for each hour of teaching time, $15 per hour for training, and $20 per hour for any curriculum development or consulting.

Olive Tree Arts Network will assist in transportation to and from program sites. Teaching Artists will be expected to use public transpo
rtation for some programs.


Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

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We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Questions? Concerns?

Reach out to our Program Coordinator, Layna Wang, at

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