Share your skills!teaching artists

We’re always looking for creative, scrappy teaching artists! Continue Perennial’s mission of teaching DIY skills with a focus on sustainability by teaching classes with a clear and focused skill that incorporate a natural, eco-friendly process and/or utilize reused + and unwanted materials. Please take a look at our current classes to become familiar with some of the skills and materials we teach and work with. We accept applications on an ongoing basis and will keep your application on file. We’ll reach out to potential candidates as we plan our next class season.


What makes a great Perennial instructor? 

Our teaching artists are life-long learners who are kind, flexible, patient, humble, and dedicated to reuse. We love to celebrate self-taught artists as well as self-taught teachers, so don’t let lack of traditional or formal experience stop you from applying.


We are currently looking for contracted teaching artists with skills in:

Upholstery | Soldering | Plumbing + other Home Repair skills | Bookbinding | And more!


Perennial Teaching Artist Application

Thanks for your interest in teaching at Perennial. Please keep in mind the following as you fill out Perennial’s Teaching Artist Application. 

Perennial’s educational goal is to teach adult beginners to think and act creatively and responsibly by providing opportunities to develop ‘do-it-yourself’ skills and learn to reuse objects and reduce waste. Your class proposal should include a clear and focused skill that incorporates a natural, eco-friendly process and/or utilizes reused + and unwanted materials. Perennial practices the “refuse” tenant of sustainability by eliminating plastics from our shop as much as possible. Projects with plastic at the center (plastic bottles, bags, etc), though reuse focused, will not be considered. 

Classes are held at Perennial’s Shop located at 3762 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63118. 

Perennial pays instructors $27 per teaching hour, plus $20 per class to compensate for prep/planning.

Perennial has small class sizes of 6-8 people, depending on the project, and at least 3 participants must be registered in order for a class to be held. Teachers are notified at least 2 days in advance if class will be canceled due to low enrollment.

Teaching artists are responsible for creating the content of their class. It must follow Perennial’s guidelines but is otherwise their intellectual property. Teaching artists are required to submit a lesson plan to be approved by the Director of Creative ReUse and provide a sample of the class project or collaborate on a photo for a demonstration-based class. Teaching artists are also expected to collaborate on a description for the class which will be listed on Perennial’s website.

Perennial is an accessible art + sustainability non-profit committed to hiring expert teaching artists of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, faith, disability, age, or veteran status.


Apply to teach with us here!