Become a Teaching Artist


What is an ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist?

To be listed in our Teaching Artist directory, an artist must pass our rigorous panel process to be ready to work in schools and human services sites. Professional artists working in all fields and media are welcome to apply—currently the list encompasses visual art, theater, video, music, dance, book arts, slam poetry, computer arts and more. Each artist must have a proven track record of artistic achievement, along with the training and skills needed to bring learning to life through the arts in classrooms or human services sites.

Browse our current list of teaching artists online in our Artist Directory under the Teaching Artists Directory.

Are you an artist?
Keep reading to find out how you can become a Teaching Artist!

What are the benefits?
You will make a difference in the way the populations you work with learn, while earning supplemental income and fostering your development as an artist. Our artists receive ongoing professional development training, helping you develop skills, knowledge, and effectiveness as a teaching artist. Being a part of our family of teaching artists also provides networking opportunities, fosters collaborations, and functions as a support system.

ArtsWestchester is committed to helping teaching artists grow by presenting an ongoing series of professional development workshops on pertinent topics such as legal advisement, staff resources and social media marketing .

For more information, please contact Jessy Méndez, Program Manager, Arts in Education, at

Who can apply?
Professional artists of any discipline who live or maintain a studio/performance space in the New York Tri-State Area and are currently active in their field.

How do I apply
The application process is competitive and consists of a written application, an interview, and a review of your work as an artist.

Download the 2016 Teaching Artist Application & Guidelines

The next deadlines for Teaching Artist Applications:
Spring Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 pm
Fall Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5 pm

Applications are to be received by 5pm. Any application received after the given deadline will not be reviewed.

Does My Application Expire?
Yes, you must reapply every fifth year.

Download the 2016 Teaching Artist Renewal Application & Guidelines

What skills and experience do I need?

  • A track record of creative work and professional accomplishments that show artistic merit
  • The ability to work collaboratively with schools and social service agencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of curricula and the needs of particular groups, such as preschool age children, seniors, teens, persons with disabilities, etc.
  • Experience conducting residencies and/or hands-on workshops

How does it work?
You create a profile on our online Artist Directory, and we include the profile in our ArtsWestchester approved Teaching Artist Directory. Schools and agencies browse the online directory to select the artist with whom they would like to partner. If you are selected, ArtsWestchester will work with you and the school or agency to plan the residency. You will be paid by ArtsWestchester’s residency grants program. In any given year, you may receive several grants, one grant, or none. Many organizations use the Teaching Artist Directory as a resource, and your participation on the Directory may lead to other opportunities.

How much will I get paid?
Residency grants vary according to the length, but are based on the following rates:

  • $350 per full day (three to five hours),
  • $200 per half day (one to three hours),
  • $150 per planning session, and
  • $150 per wrap up session (when applicable)

Is there a fee to participate?
NO. This is a free program, designed to help working artists earn supplemental income. The only cost to you is the time it takes to go through the application process.

Download the 2016 Teaching Artist Application & Guidelines and get started today!