What is a teaching artist? A professional teaching artist is an “artist-educator,” able to translate their creative process into an instructional setting. Nationally recognized teaching artist and author Eric Booth developed the following definition:
“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”
Teaching artists represent all disciplines including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, storytelling, theatre, visual arts, folk and traditional arts, and multidisciplinary arts. MAC is currently accepting applications from teaching artists and arts organizations. If you are considering submitting your application, it is a good idea to call a member of our staff first.
What types of services do teaching artists provide?
• Short and long-term school and after-school residencies for PK-12 students
• Arts experiences, including in-school performances by professional artists, as well as guided field trips to studios, galleries, art centers, museums, and performances
• Integration of the arts throughout the curriculum as a way of engaging all learners
• Standards-based instruction to supplement ongoing curriculum-based arts instruction in Preschool through Grade 12
• Discipline-specific learning in the arts, such as visual art, dance, theater, music, poetry, media arts
• Professional learning opportunities in the arts for classroom teachers, arts specialists and other professional artists • Lifelong learning in the arts through community arts events, classes and workshops
• Learning that takes place in a variety of settings, including senior centers, healthcare facilities and detention centers.
Who is eligible to be listed on the Artists in Schools and Communities Registry?
The Montana Arts Council is currently accepting applications from individual teaching artists, arts organizations and performing ensembles that provide the types of services listed above to groups of PK-12 and/or adult learners. Successful candidates will demonstrate:
• Evidence of mastery and a professional practice in an artistic discipline
• Knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction
• Good communication skills
• Planning and organizational ability
• Understanding of the learners the teaching artist(s) intend to work with, whether PK-12 or adult
• Undergraduate college students are NOT eligible to apply
Teaching artists are eligible to be on the AISC Registry for three years. To maintain status, artists must re-submit their materials every three years to prove active professional activity. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the appropriate time. Active professional activity includes proof of contracted residencies and workshops, professional development, presentations, performances, etc.
IMPORTANT: A listing on the Artists in Schools and Communities Registry is NOT a guarantee of employment for teaching artists. The AISC Registry is intended as a resource to help connect teaching artists to schools and communities. MAC does not act as an agent for artists. Interested school and community organizations are responsible for contacting the artist directly, and contracting and paying artist fees, as negotiated between the artist and contracting organization.
Questions about the Artists in Schools and Communities Registry? Please contact Monica Grable, Director of Arts Education, Monica.Grable@mt.gov or (406) 444-6522.
For more information and the application: http://art.mt.gov/Portals/27/2017AISCRegistryInfoApp_Updated3_2_17%20Final.pdf