Truck Studio Lead Artist Position

A.W.E. Truck Studio LEAD ARTIST Position Description:

A.W.E., Inc. (Artists Working in Education) seeks talented visual artists or professional art teachers to deliver hands-on art activities with children through A.W.E.’s Truck Studio summer outreach program.  The A.W.E. Truck Studio is a fleet of four brightly painted trucks loaded with art supplies bringing free, drop-in art experiences to children at parks and playgrounds in Milwaukee’s Harambee, Washington Park, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, and Clarke Square neighborhoods on weekday afternoons from June 26 thru August 4 this summer (no program on July 4). There is a paid training week June 19-23 that is mandatory for all team members to attend.  Lead Artists supervise a team of two college level Interns and a high school Intern.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least two years professional experience working with urban youth
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Significant prior job experience supervising/managing others in a professional setting
  • Experience working with community members from diverse backgrounds
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and patience – must be able to react quickly to changing conditions
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • High-level creative and organizational skills
  • Interest in social justice or community development

Desired Qualifications:

  • Multiple years of experience teaching and lesson planning at the K-12 level, either in a formal school setting and/or informal settings such as playgrounds, camps or after school programs
  • Degree in Art Education, Fine Art, or Art Therapy
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Familiarity with the urban environment
  • Preference is given to bilingual (English-Spanish) speaking candidates

General Information:

  • A criminal and employment history background investigation will be performed prior to employment

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing weekly written engaging and appropriate lesson plans for original hands-on art activities according to A.W.E. program goals and objectives
  • Communicating daily with the Program Director to discuss and fine-tune programming
  • Prepping for each visit by creating samples, printing out examples of artwork, and selecting key concepts and vocabulary to incorporate into the activity
  • Leading and supervising planned activities to ensure learning outcomes while creating an inclusive educational environment
  • Effectively managing site workflow to fully involve all participants as well as the intern assistants and any volunteers
  • Participating in team strategy and evaluation meetings as necessary, usually at least 2 additional required meetings a week
  • Participating in community outreach in city neighborhoods, including canvassing door to door weekly with program flyers with intern/assistants
  • Facilitating a positive connection between A.W.E. and the communities we serve, including parents of participants and recreation leaders
  • Driving Truck Studio van to and from program delivery sites; fill the truck with gas (as needed)
  • Keeping a comprehensive daily journal describing children’s responses to art activities, general park atmosphere, notes and suggestions for improvement and submit entries weekly
  • Supervising, mentoring, and evaluating job performance of the intern assistants
  • Overseeing program participation records and maintaining a high volume of program documentation
  • Monitoring and maintaining Truck Studio supply inventory
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director


This is a limited-term but intensive part-time position beginning in June thru early August.  Lead Teachers are required to attend meetings prior to the start of the program as well as develop professionally written curriculum for art activities appropriate to the non-traditional setting and goals of the program.  On-site program hours are in the 12-3pm Monday-Fridays June 26 thru August 4 this summer (no program July 4). There is also a paid training week during the afternoons of June 19-23 that is mandatory for all team members to attend.  This is a sizable time commitment; Lead Artists must allow time in the mornings for lesson prep, loading the van with supplies, meetings, as well as time to drive to and from the site and set up and clean up on site. Applicants must be available to work every day of training and programming.

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following (in one package):

  • completed A.W.E. Truck Studio application (via online jotform)
  • letter of interest (as an attachment submitted with online application)
  • résumé (as an attachment submitted with online application)
  • completed A.W.E. Background Check Form (via link in online application jotform)

*Applications missing any of the above items may not be considered.  Call A.W.E. if you have any questions about the position or the application process. Our phone number is 414-933-3877.

The application materials are to be completed and submitted (in one package) online via this link:

A.W.E. will review your application soon after you send it and will contact you to set up an interview if you are selected.                

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, by 5 p.m.

Main contact:

Audrey Moore, Community Engagement Coordinator

Phone: 414-933-3877

Fax: 414-342-1251