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 school, in life, and in the workforce.

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.  The deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.

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. In addition to reviewing the application, the panel convenes 5-6 weeks after the deadline for a brief interview with each candidate. Candidates will be informed in advance of their interview date and time.*

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 Teaching Artist panel recommends the following 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 the welcome 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. Please take the necessary steps to get fingerprinted. Many schools and community sites require that an artist has been cleared/fingerprinted by the New York State Education Department in order to conduct on-going programs at their sites. Failure to be fingerprinted can/will result in a lost opportunity to work in a school or community site.

Many schools and community agencies administer residency programs in partnership with artists. These entities select the artists through recommendations and other resources, one of which is the Teaching Artist Roster.

If selected by a school and/or community agency, artists will have the opportunity to sharpen their teaching skills by conducting educational art programs and supplement their income while continuing their professional growth.

What happens if an artist is not accepted?

If not accepted into the Teaching Artist Roster, the artist may reapply at a later date. Artists may set-up a consultation 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 five years. Artists are notified by ArtsWestchester when they will need to renew.

To submit a renewal application, please visit ArtsWestchester’s Submittable portal here.  The title of this year’s application is 2021 Teaching Artist Renewal Application. The deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.

* If there are an insufficient number of applications, the Teaching Artist Roster panel reserves the right to rollover all submissions until the next deadline. All applicants will be notified of any postponements.