POSITION TITLE: Virtual Worlds: Teens Code Teaching Artist, School and Family Programs

REPORTS TO: Assistant Manager of School and Family Programs

DEPARTMENT: School and Family Programs

DURATION: Two months


The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes

understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of the


Now in its second decade, the Rubin has welcomed over 200,000 visitors in the past year and has

a growing membership of more than 4,000 households.

Within its five floors of galleries are several long-term rotating installations drawn from the

permanent collection as well as frequent short-term exhibitions that are more broadly

conceived. The Rubin’s collection includes over 3,500 objects spanning more than 1,500 years up

to the present day. Renowned for its quality and depth, the collection focuses on art from the

Tibetan Plateau and is broadened by a significant number of important examples from

surrounding regions.

The Rubin presents films, performances, and on-stage conversations as well as a robust roster of

other educational initiatives. The ground floor anchored by its magnificent staircase is free and

open to all visitors and provides a lively nexus for conversation, shopping, refreshment and



The Rubin Museum offers schools new and inspiring ways to make curricular connections,

inspire learning, and expand opportunities for students and teachers.

Virtual Worlds: Teens Code was designed to build on the mathematical principles observed

in mandalas by teaching valuable coding skills. It is a free summer program for teens that

teaches art-making, mathematical design principles, and computer coding through the lens

of the Rubin’s collection of mandala paintings and special exhibitions.

The Rubin Museum seeks a Teaching Artist to:

  • Design a series of nine session that incorporate the mathematical and artistic principles

behind mandalas into real-time coding projects using programs such as Pure Data

  • Combine coding instruction with museum tours, art-making projects, and group discussions

and activities.

  • Drive the central project is to code a personal mandala using P5.JS or Pure Data (Pd) – a

flexible software sketchbook and visual programming language that is widely used by visual

artists, musicians, performers, and developers. (Other coding programs also accepted).

Culminate the program with an exhibition of student work on Friday evening when the

Rubin is free and open to the public. Teen work can be displayed in the café or galleries to

allow relatives, friends, and the general public to interact with their designs.


  • Works collaboratively with Assistant Manager to develop curriculum based on

program outline

  • Outline and lesson plans to be submitted before the August program


  • Three onsite-meetings required in July

  • Manages students in a classroom-like setting.

  • Conducts assessment of programs' effectiveness.

  • Documents and reports on work of students in the form of photographs, written quotations, videos, and/or audio to be digitally delivered to The Rubin for grant and/or promotional purposes.

  • Attends trainings, professional developments, and planning meetings.

  • Prepares on a timely basis all materials for each classroom, workshop, and museum visit including laying out art supplies, setting up PowerPoints, having lesson plan on hand, etc.

  • Attends and leads all 9 sessions throughout August.

  • Submits a reflection of each workshop or lesson that you taught that details the

  • successes of the experience, areas for improvement, and more.

  • End of program evaluation done in conjunction with the Assistant Manager.


  • Proficiency using web-based visual programming language, such as P5.JS or Pure Data

  • Some knowledge of Himalayan Art, or interest and willingness to learn.

  • Comfort with a range of art making techniques

  • Experience working with high school students required

  • Ability to work with ESL and ELL students a plus


  • Stipend of $1,650

Please provide the following as part of your application:

  • Resume and Cover Letter

  • Artist Website and/or examples of your work


  • Indicate “Virtual Worlds Teaching Artist”in the subject line of your email.

  • Resumes and Cover Letters should be emailed to: rhouran@rubinmuseum.org