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​Creative Curriculum​ Program

Educational Artist-in-Residence 
Spring 2024 Interest Form Now Open 

Launched in Spring 2022, The Creative Curriculum Program is an educational Artist-in-Residence in collaboration with local Education Agencies based in Phoenix. The program uses the arts, including creative writing, visual arts, and other disciplines, to get students excited and engaged about learning. Working closely with teachers, district specialists, and department staff, local artists create lesson plans, develop trainings, and provide in-person instruction to help students achieve district standards and goals.​​



Spring 202​4 Call to Teaching ​Artists

  • Compensation: $5,000 all-inclusive stipend
  • Commitment: 8 hours a week over twelve weeks (specifics outlined below)
  • Required Qualifications: Previous teaching experience with youth
  • Deadline to Apply: ​January 19, 2024 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply: ​​https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCSpring24​

Call to Teaching Artists​

The Phoenix Department of Arts and Culture is seeking three teaching artists with elementary - high school age youth instruction experience for Spring 2024 residency. Placements will be at schools within Cartwright School District, Deer Valley Unified School District, and Laveen Elementary School District.

Working in close collaboration with staff members at the Department of Arts and Culture and the classroom instructor and school principal, the educational artist-in-residence will help develop, administer, and evaluate a variety of exercises, lesson plans, resources, and tools to help students get engaged and excited about the arts in accordance with district standards and goals. ​​

Compensation and Commitment

The educational artist-in-residence is a contracted position expected to work up to 8 hours a week meeting with teachers, developing curriculum, and instructing students over a 8-week in-classroom period from March 18, 2024 to May 10, 2024, with an additional four weeks for preparation and wrap-up (total 90 hours). For this work, the artist will receive all-inclusive stipend of $5,000. This stipend includes materials and mileage. Pending any changes in district policy, the artist is expected to teach in-person once a week.  

Learn more​ by reading the full guidelines.​​

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Professional arts background though education and/or an arts practice (e.g. drawing, painting, poetry, collage, etc.)

  • 1-2 years teaching or educational experience with elementary through high school aged youth in academic, community, or other settings​

  • Dependability and strong communication

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Positive attitude, sense of humor, and flexibility

  • Availability to complete the duration of the placement

  • Passed background check and fingerprint clearance card from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (required after hire)

  • Preferred: Bilingual in Spanish and English

Applying to the Position

Once you've read the full guidelines, you can apply for the position by completing the online form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCSpring24​​. To apply for the position, all you'll need is a cover letter, a resume, and three references (one reference must be able to speak to your teaching/instruction experience). The application is expected to take between 15 minutes and 1 hour to complete. While you can edit and save your responses in the form, we recommend preparing your responses in a separate document and copying and pasting your answers into the form when you're ready. Applications close January 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. 

What's next?​​

Once you submit your application, you'll receive an automated message in your web browser confirming receipt, with an additional confirmation email from the City of Phoenix Department of Arts and Culture once the application period closes. Selected applicants will be contacted for virtual interviews the following week. All applicants will be notified by February 9, 2024. 

More Information

If you have any questions, please make sure you have reviewed the full guidelines. If you still have questions or would like to talk more about the position before applying, reach out to the Community Programs and Engagement Manager Elida Acosta at 602-495-0191 or elida.acosta@phoenix.gov. Thank you so much for your interest in applying for the position, we look forward to talking more with you soon. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ ​Meet our Spring 2022 Educational Writer-in-Residence

Sean Avery Medlin​

Sean Avery Medlin (they/them) is a gamer and Hip-Hop nerd, whose only wish in this world is to watch an unproblematic, Black sci-fi T.V. show. Till then, Medlin teaches creative writing and guides cultural work across the state of Arizona, while also creating rap, poetry, prose and performance. Their music, literature, and theater all question the limits of Black masculinity, media (mis)representation, and personal narrative.

Medlin’s work has been featured in Phoenix New Times, Chicago Tribune, Afropunk, Blavity, and the 2020 Tucson Poetry Festival. Their Hip-Hop play and album, skinnyblk, along with all their previous work, is available online at superseanavery.com. 808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies is Medlin’s debut collection of essays and poetry, is available at local bookstores Grassrootz, Palabras​, Changing Hands​, and anywhere else books are sold.

To learn more about Medlin's work, you can listen to interviews or read reviews:


Local poet and writer Sean Avery Medlin ​ participated as the first educational writer-in-residence for the Creative Curriulum program. Medlin taught creative writing at Barry Goldwater High School in the Deer Valley Unified School District, helping students improve their understanding of narrative writing, figurative language, and figures of speech.​​​

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 Program Contact

​Elida Acosta, Community Programs and Engagement Manager, 602-495-0191, elida.acosta@phoenix.gov​ 

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