Become a Teaching Artist

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What is a Teaching Artist?

To be listed as a Teaching Artist directory, an artist must pass a 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. An 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 the current list of teaching artists online in the Artist Directory under the Teaching Artists Directory.

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.  All artists are informed about ongoing professional development workshops that will help develop skills and knowledge about their medium.

For more information, please contact Jessy Méndez, Program Manager, Arts in Education, at jmendez@artswestchester.org.

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 by a panel of school and community administrators.

The next deadlines for Teaching Artist Applications:
2018 Spring Deadline: TBA
2018 Fall Deadline: TBA

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

Does My Application Expire?
Yes, Teaching Artists apply every five years.

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?
Create a profile on the online Artist Director and, if accepted, your profile will appear in the Teaching Artist Directory. Schools and community sites browse the online directory and select the artist with whom they would like to partner with. If selected, you will be responsible for partnering with the school or community sites and planning your residency.  Art residencies are paid through grants. In any given year, you may be awarded several grants, one grant, or none. Many organizations use the Teaching Artist Directory as a resource, and your participation 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, there is no fee.