At the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC), we offer a variety of ways for individuals or organizations who are passionate about the arts to get involved.

Employment | Emerging Teaching ArtistsVisual Artist Residency | 23rd Street Artists' Market

Staff helping kids with art project



Work for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Museums and Cultural Programs Division. Schedule and hours vary depending on position and program. Pay rates start at $20 per hour.

Adult Studio Instructor 

The Dougherty Arts Center is currently hiring Professional Instructors in a variety of mediums for the Adult Studio Program.

We are looking for applicants that teach workshops or classes in the following areas:

  • Ceramic hand building and wheel throwing
  • Drawing, painting and watercolor
  • Black & white darkroom
  • Silk screen, loom weaving, and textile design

Our Professional Instructors provide instruction, classroom management, provide feedback and encouragement, and ensure safe and proper use of equipment, materials, and facility. Candidates should enjoy working with adults and sharing their knowledge and love for the arts in a creative and fun environment and working with diverse populations.   

The mission of the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is to support emerging through established artists who create, showcase, and experience the arts first-hand. For more information about our classes and the Dougherty Arts Center Adult Studio program visit: 

Apply Online!

Please send your resume to:

Youth Arts Programs

Share your love of the arts with the future of Austin! Experience with youth, teaching, or arts is preferred.

Summer Art Escape - Summer Camp 2023

  • Supervise, assist, and lead activities with youth ages 5 and up.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and Team Leads.
  • 4-day staff training week, from May 30th through June 2nd.
  • 10 week-long camp sessions, from June 5 through August 11th.
  • Half-day and full-day positions available.

Apply Online!

Review specifications and apply online: - Cultural Arts Activity Specialist/Leader.

Questions? Contact

Teen Internships

Works in Progress (WIP) is an immersive program that prepares teens living in the Austin metropolitan area for careers in the arts. WIP Interns will focus on projects throughout the Dougherty Arts Center in art education, gallery exhibits, and event planning. 

For more information, visit the Works in Progress website.

WIP is an Internal City Pathway with Austin Civilian Conservation Corps.


Emerging Teaching Artists Bring Your Creativity to the Classroom!

Emerging Teaching Artists

MINDPOP and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Museums and Cultural Programs, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, are excited to offer the Emerging Teaching Artists program (ETA). The purpose of ETA is to increase the number of artists of color and artists with disabilities working in classrooms across Austin. Successful applicants will come from these communities, have a clear interest in teaching arts to children or adults, and demonstrate a strong creative/arts background. 

Questions? Email

visual artist residency- ceramics

Visual Artist Residency

The Visual Artist Residency Program strives to provide visual artists with the space, facilities, time and professional interaction that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as practicing artists. This is a work exchange program where resident artists are expected to create outreach opportunities within our community such as teaching workshops, giving public presentations, critiques and monitoring our independent study program and open studio hours. 

For more information visit our Visual Artist Residency page. 

23rd Street Artists Market open 7 days a week

23rd Street Artists' Market

The 23rd Street Artists' Market is Austin's original open-air artists' market for artists to make and sell their own work. Licensed artists sell their handcrafted art year round, 7 days a week. The Dougherty Arts Center hosts membership meetings of the 23rd Street Artists' Market on the third Wednesday of each month. Thanks to a City Council initiative, Market Permits applied for between October 2022 and September 2023 will be free! Attend an upcoming meeting, to learn more about getting involved with Austin's original outdoor market for handmade crafts. 

Visit the 23rd Street Artists' Market on Facebook.

For more information, contact

Monthly Meeting Dates
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 7-9pm
Meeting Flier

23rd Street Artist Market Flyer for Vendor Meeting Dates. Market Permits between October 2022 and November 2023 will be Free. Please bring samples of your craft, a picture ID, and your tax permit.