Youth Teaching Fellowship

New Museum of Contemporary Art

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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.



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).



  • 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.

How to Apply


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.

Posted on August 29