Community Arts Partnerships: Teaching Artists


STATUS: Temporary, Part-time
DIVISION: Community Arts Partnerships (CAP)
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Education & Outreach, Community Arts Partnerships  
START DATE: Fall 2022


CAP collaborates with Detroit community organizations to create art and design education, experiences,
and resources for local youth and families in support of individual and community development.

In support of this mission, CAP provides programs that foster creative youth development through visual arts classes & experiences that: are focused on skill development, self-discovery, and self-expression; bring education in art, design, and new technologies to youth in under-resourced areas; inform young people about career and educational opportunities in visual arts and design fields; and bring the arts to bear in the redevelopment of Detroit and its diverse neighborhoods and communities.

CAP has provided after-school art programs throughout Detroit’s neighborhoods since 2001 and worked with more than 69,000 students. Artists from CCS and the community are trained and placed in a wide variety of programs serving predominantly low-income, underserved students from neighborhood elementary/middle/high schools, libraries, and community centers. Programs are hands-on art making with custom art, craft, and design curricula


Teaching Artists teach students in out-of-school, hands-on art making programs within 25 miles of CCS.


  • Have reliable personal transportation
  • Report to work site prepared and on time (no less than 15 min before class begins)
  • Write & deliver custom curriculum for assigned programs blending requested subjects with own art practice
  • Work with CAP office staff to procure all necessary supplies to deliver curriculum
  • Document each program by completing and submitting all photos, forms, and paperwork in a timely manner as required
  • Retain and submit properly documented student artwork for consideration in exhibitions


  • Artist – Must be a practicing artist demonstrable through education, exhibitions, portfolio, etc.
  • Teacher – Must have some experience teaching (formal or informal) and/or working with youth
  • Availability – Must be available to work during after-school hours (weekdays roughly between 2pm and 7pm)
  • Communication – Must return phone calls and emails promptly & communicate well with CAP staff, site staff, & students
  • Teamwork – Must work well with others (CAP staff, site staff, students, etc.) in challenging environments
  • Organization – Must keep accurate paperwork & records and submit to the CAP office in a timely manner and must leave classroom/teaching spaces cleaner than they found them.
  • Detroit – Must be comfortable navigating and working in Detroit neighborhood schools, community centers, churches, etc. 
  • Professionalism – Must always behave in a professional manner; Teaching Artists represent CCS to the community
  • Interest – Must demonstrate an interest in contributing to/investing in Detroit youth, their families, and neighborhoods


To Apply

Send all inquiries & applications to CAP Coordinator via email: Lynn Blasey at

Each application consists of a 1 page cover letter & 1 page resume.

We will schedule a (professional & teaching) portfolio review & interview after receipt of previously listed documents.

The application deadline to be eligible for our September training is June 20, 2022


The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.