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Hirshhorn is Hiring Mentors for ARTLAB+

Are you an artist with experience working with teens?

The Hirshhorn Museum writes:

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s ARTLAB+ is in the process of growing its team of contractor Artist Mentors to help develop and facilitate creative digital media experiences for a teen audience and assist with project management tasks. ARTLAB+ is a free, afterschool program that offers local teenagers hands-on experience using new technology while gaining the entrepreneurial skills necessary for today's workforce. ARTLAB+ engages teens using digital arts media, equipping them with digital literacy skills, exposing them to career opportunities, and affording them access to practicing artists in a safe and creative environment.

If you or someone you know fits the following descriptions please be in touch. We are looking for individuals with strong skills in the following areas:


  • Be proficient with at least two of the following art mediums: video production and editing, graphic illustration, 3D modeling and printing, animation, digital photography, beat-making, spoken word and/or rap, DJ’ing, audio engineering, computer programming, or video game design.
  • Knowledge of contemporary artistry and practices and able to connect real-world professional knowledge to programs.
  • Able to focus on process instead of product.
  • Familiarity with modern and contemporary art history and able to make connections between programs and Hirshhorn content and special exhibitions.

Working with Teens

  • Experience teaching/facilitating programs for youth audiences (age range for these programs are 13-19).
  • Excellent at facilitating fun, engaging experiences for teens that invite them to fully and creatively participate.
  • Be able to connect with underserved and at-risk youth.
  • Develop curriculum that encompasses an inter-disciplinary and user-led approach.


  • Able to create and keep calendars, timelines, and deliverables schedule.
  • Able to maintain communication with educational staff and managers.
  • Maintain library of participant data and run reports and stats as needed.
  • Maintain equipment, computers, and software.

We are looking for individuals who can commit to 15-30 hours per week, and programs occur weekdays, 4:00–8:00 pm. In addition, some weekend and daytime hours may be required.

Interested? Please send a note, CV, and/or portfolio to Linsay Deming at DemingL@si.edu with the subject line Mentor_LAST NAME.

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