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Youth Teaching Fellow 2022-2023

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Recruiting Organization: New Museum of Contemporary Art

Youth Teaching Fellowship

Department: Education and Public Engagement

Employment Status: Part-Time (approx. 10 hours per month); Limited-Term (October 3, 2022 -May 31, 2023)

Union Position: No

Stipend: $800 monthly

Fellowship overseen by: Associate Director of Education


The New Museum Youth Teaching Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduate student to facilitate engagement between youth and contemporary art, focusing on artists currently or historically exhibited at the New Museum. The fellowship is ideal for a person looking to develop their teaching practice with contemporary art working with the Museum’s flagship youth program, Youth Spectrum Arts (YSA). This program focuses on connections between gender, sexuality, and contemporary art. Enthusiasm for these topics, and for working with LGBTQIA2+ youth, is preferred. The fellow will co- organize and teach programs, for which the fellow develops lessons alongside New Museum staff. This program features close looking at the objects and installations on view, consideration of artists’ practices and relevant social, political, historical, technological, or cultural conversations, and meeting with contemporary artists alongside youth in the program. The youth program culminates in a summer celebratory event, which the youth develop alongside Museum staff over the year.

Candidates who are interested in developing creative and experimental youth programs are encouraged to apply. The fellow will learn a variety of techniques that encourage participants to creatively view, analyze, and discuss art through training sessions and observations. Further, the fellow will learn about facilitating conversations and program development with youth, as well as creating a culminating event.

The fellow will use their specialized knowledge and skills to offer creative, enriching, and accessible experiences with the New Museum’s exhibitions. In turn, the New Museum will provide an immersive experience for developing pedagogical skill as well as opportunities to research artists and their work. The Assistant Director of Education oversees the Youth Teaching Fellowship.


· Candidates must have one of the following criteria: 1) MA in art history or other area of study with scholarship focusing on contemporary art and be enrolled in a doctoral program; 2) PhD completed within the past three years, with scholarly focus similar to #1; or 3) MA in arts education or an MFA completed within the past three years, with a strong knowledge of contemporary art and teaching experience.

· Candidates must be comfortable with public speaking and have an enthusiasm for engaging a variety of audiences, particularly youth, in close looking and critical thought. Candidates should share the ethos of the Department of Education and Public Engagement: to link people with art and ideas, cultivate growth through inquiry, and develop stronger relationships. (More details about the department’s mission, values, and methods are here.)

· Experience teaching and/or leading both in person and online groups is preferred.


Duties include the following:

· Research and plan lessons with the fall retrospective of Theaster Gates and spring exhibition (to be announced).

· Co-organize and lead Youth Spectrum Arts programs on Tuesdays (in session 2 hours a week) Engage diverse audiences with a wide range of contemporary art experience.

· Learn and share information about the New Museum’s institutional history, exhibitions, public programs, Membership, and visitor services, as needed.

· Participate in continued training sessions, including occasional meetings with department staff members, and tour assessments for professional development (approximately one hour per month).


The fellow is required to commit to the position for an 8-month period from October 3, 2022, through May 2023. The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $500 as well as a free standard museum membership (membership benefits here). This position does not include healthcare or insurance benefits.


Please send a cover letter (detailing how the candidates’ experience meets or exceeds the position requirements identified above) along with a professional resume to: with the subject line "LAST NAME Youth Teaching Fellowship" (e.g., "Doe Youth Teaching Fellowship") by September 5th, 2022.

We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this fellowship describes you, then please apply.


The New Museum's mission is simply "New Art, New Ideas." Founded in 1977 by curator Marcia Tucker with a bold vision of presenting contemporary culture in a critical and scholarly context, the New Museum has been a leader among contemporary art museums for over 40 years and is among the most respected internationally for its risk-taking curatorial program. The New Museum is a center for exhibitions, information, and documentation about living artists from around the world, focusing on emerging and under-recognized voices, and providing a platform for the artists who are defining our cultural moment. In 2007, the New Museum made history with the inauguration of its first permanent building at 235 Bowery designed by the Tokyo-based firm SANAA. Since opening in its new location, over 4 million have visited or attended programs and events, and the Museum has 155 exhibitions featuring over 600 artists from 60+ countries in our galleries, as well as over 1,200 public programs ranging from live performances, conferences, residencies, screening, after-school programs, and family days.

With a current staff of approximately 145 people and an annual budget of $13.4M, the museum is preparing for the start of construction of a new building adjacent to the current site. The new seven-story, 60,000 square foot building will include three floors of galleries, doubling the Museum’s exhibition space, along with additional space for the Museum’s many community and education programs, a permanent home for its cultural incubator NEW INC, as well as increased public amenities and improved vertical circulation.

For more information about the New Museum and its programs, please visit

Equal Opportunity Employer

The New Museum of Contemporary Art believes that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity, and we do not discriminate against our staff members or applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sex, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran or citizenship status provided they are qualified and meet the requirements for the job. The New Museum provides Reasonable Accommodation to candidates with Disabilities. As per New York State Guidelines, all candidates hired must be vaccinated with the COVID vaccine.

Please learn more about New Museum's Commitment to Racial Equity

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