Become a Roster Teaching Artist

What is a teaching artist roster?

ArtsWestchester administers a Teaching Artist Roster. It is an online resource for schools and community agencies who want to work in collaboration with an artist and conduct an artist residency.

What is an ‘artist residency’?

An artist residency is a highly structured, multi-session workshop that fosters learning in and through the arts. Generally, workshops are sequential, each session building upon the previous ones. Teaching Artists develop and implement residencies in collaboration with educators or, in the case of human service and community agencies, with the site staff. In schools, residencies serve as an instructional tool, helping students to master core curricula content in other subjects as well as addressing the Common Core Standards in the Arts. In day-care centers, after-school programs, mental health facilities, shelters and other community settings, residencies foster cognitive, developmental, social and individual skills and abilities basic to success in one’s personal and professional life.

Who can apply to be included in the Teaching Artist Roster?

Artists of any discipline who live or maintain a studio/performance space in the New York-Tri-state area.

What criteria must be met?

  • Must be an active professional
  • Must have current body of recent work
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with schools and community agencies
  • Must have strong verbal and communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups, e.g., pre-school, children, seniors, teens, individuals with disabilities, etc.
  • Experience conducting residencies/hands-on workshops

How does an artist apply for the program?

Visit ArtsWestchester’s Submittable portal here to apply.

When is the next deadline?

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 AT 5 PM.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, there is no fee.

What is the selection process?

ArtsWestchester secures an independent panel of professionals in the field to review all applications and recommend artists to the Teaching Artist Roster that are qualified to conduct art programs in schools and community sites.

What kind of remuneration can an artist anticipate?

It is the responsibility of the artist to negotiate their payment with the school and/or community site.  However, based on current industry trends, the following is the recommended fee structure:

  • $350 per full day (3 1/2-5 1/2, including set-up and clean-up time),
  • $200 per half day (1-3 1/2 hours, including set-up and clean-up time),
  • $150 per planning session (1-1 ½ hours)
  • $150 per wrap up session (1-1 ½ hours)

What happens if an artist is accepted onto the Teaching Artist Roster?

After receiving a congratulations letter and attending a recommended new artist orientation, the artist now qualifies to be listed as a Roster Teaching Artist for opportunities to partner with schools and community sites. 

What happens if an artist is not accepted?

If not accepted into the Teaching Artist Roster, the artist may reapply at a later date. The artist may also set-up an appointment with an ArtsWestchester Arts-in-Education staff member to discuss the panel’s feedback on their application.

If accepted, how long does an artist stay active on the Teaching Artist Roster?

All current teaching artists need to submit a renewal application every 5 years.  To submit a renewal application, please visit ArtsWestchester’s Submittable portal here. The deadline for the 2021 Teaching Artist Renewal Application is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021 AT 5 PM.