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  • Part Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $37,500 - $39,000
  • Organization Type: Art/Culture

St. Louis Art Works

The Art Therapist is responsible for leading ArtWorks apprentices through a variety of activities to address topics including self-esteem, outlook on life, and overall well-being. The Art Therapist will serve as a communication bridge between apprentices, staff and teaching artists when issues arise requiring a third party to work toward a solution.  The Art Therapist will also support the personal needs of apprentices and reinforce feelings of understanding and respect.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide insight to program staff and input on curriculum to ensure that program activities are providing adequate structure, safeguards, and/or opportunities for participants to address or improve their wellbeing. The art therapist shall provide a bridge of understanding of emotional needs of the youth with the staff and teaching artists.
  • Lead mindfulness exercises, therapeutic art activities, and team meetings around improving mental wellness outcomes for youth
  • Develop ideas and strategies for what may need to be done.
  • Talk with participants during regular programming and individual assessment sessions to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to the artistic process.
  • Document activities of the participants, staff, and teaching artist to summarize progress.
  • Conduct information sharing sessions, such as in-service workshops for participants, families and/or staff as
  • Provide referrals to community resources as needed.
  • Work with staff and Teaching Artists to identify strengths, success, concerns, and challenges impacting the youth.
  • Assist in administering evaluation tools
  • Responsible for providing Assistant Director and Grants Manager with grant reports and preparation of grant materials in a timely manner
  • Maintains detailed records of youth therapy reports and submit required grant reports

Programming takes place after school (3:30 pm – 6:00 pm) and on Saturday (10:00 am – 3:30 pm) during the school year and for five days a week, for six weeks during the summer (9:00 am – 3:30 pm). Art Therapist is contracted for approximately 15 hours a week for 13 weeks in the spring and fall and approximately 30 hours a week for 6 weeks in the summer.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in providing therapeutic art activities to youth including wellness exercises designed to reduce stress
  • Experience working with a teen audience in out of school program setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a teaching team
  • Artistic abilities, creativity, imagination and enthusiasm
  • Ability to provide a trusting, open, kindhearted atmosphere that encourages learning and participation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Empathy with and commitment to helping people from all walks of life
  • Comfort with technology; ability to conduct work with youth via video conference, if necessary
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information
  • Collaborative working style
  • Willing to assist in the implementation of all program activities


  • Understanding of nonprofit sector, its issues and challenges
  • Technical skills: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Gmail and Google Suite


Master’s Degree in Counseling/Social Work/related discipline

ATR Credentials

Application Information

Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Executive Director, Jacqueline Dace, via email at St. Louis ArtWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.