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Join Our Roster

AECSD is recruiting new teaching and performing artists at this time!

Are you a teaching artist who is an expert in your craft in dance, music, theater, literary or visual arts? Are you experienced in working with students of all levels, particularly elementary and middle school levels? Are you prepared to share your knowledge in different program formats, including residencies, after-school, and community workshop programs?  


If this sounds like you, we invite you to learn more about joining the Arts Education Connection San Diego Teaching Artist Roster as a freelance, business-to-business contractor! 

To be considered please fill out the form below and share your resume and portfolio of work with our Program Managers via email at

Job Description and requirements:

Arts Education Connection San Diego (AESCD) is seeking experienced teaching artists specializing in dance, music, theater, literary, and visual arts to add to its Teaching Artist Roster as freelance, business-to-business contractors.  

Since 1963, Arts Education Connection San Diego has delivered a rich variety of arts education programs to San Diego students and communities through performances, workshops, residencies, and professional learning opportunities, connecting young people to their cultural roots and creative wings.  


AECSD offers arts education programs to K-12th grade students and their families that engage, elevate, inspire, and transform. We believe that communities thrive through the arts, and that when children learn through the arts, they discover their own creativity and new possibilities for their happiness and success. 


WE ARE SEEKING TEACHING ARTISTS WHO ARE:  experts in their craft (dance, music, theater, literary and visual arts), experienced in working with students of all levels (particularly elementary and middle school levels), and prepared to impart their knowledge in different formats, including residencies, after-school, and community workshop programs.  


If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply! 



  • Develop and teach California Visual and Performing Arts and National Core Art standards-based educational programs to K-12th grade students that demonstrate the process of an art form, stimulate creative practices, and build art-making skills. 

  • Present art programs in an authentic and culturally responsive manner and have a thorough knowledge of their history, background, and context. 

  • Understand, assess, and adapt to the learning needs of diverse student populations. 

  • Represent ACESD in a positive and professional manner; work collaboratively and communicate clearly with AECSD staff. 



  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge, expertise, and passion for the visual or performing art through your professional artistic practice. 

  • Can work collaboratively in a school environment and with various school community constituents. 

  • Possess strong English communication and interpersonal skills. 

  • Demonstrate a warm, respectful, and trustworthy rapport with students and teachers. 

  • Maintain availability during school hours with advance notice and flexibility in scheduling. 

  • Adapt to a wide range of teaching conditions. 

  • Have reliable and consistent means of communication and transportation. 

  • Pass a federal-level background check via Live Scan fingerprinting. 

  • Provide proof of a negative TB test dated within the past 2 years. 

  • Provide proof of a full series of Covid-19 vaccination. 

  • Be willing to follow school district requirements for Covid-19 safety protocols regarding vaccinations, texting, and wearing masks.  

  • Teaching Artists must routinely lift, push, pull, or carry art supplies, equipment, instruments, and classroom furniture weighing up to 40 lbs. Must also bend, twist, reach, stand, and/or sit for extended periods of time. 

  • Two years of experience teaching in a public-school environment (preferred). 

  • Experience with English Language Learners and students with special needs (preferred). 

  • Spanish language skills strongly preferred. 



Freelance work not guaranteed; time commitment based on school requests, with compensation determined by the number of sessions booked. 



  1. Sign up to attend one of our virtual Artist Information Meetings. See dates below.

  2. Fill out the Prospective Teaching Artist Application form.

  3. Send a current resume and sample lesson plan to You may also include a  a written outline for an 8-week residency AND/OR a link to a video clip of you teaching or describing your lesson plan. Use the email subject line “TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION WORK SAMPLES.” 



If selected, you will be contacted for a virtual teaching demonstration and informational interview with AECSD staff. 

Attend one of our virtual Artist Information Meetings!

  • Dates TBD

RSVP in the form above

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