Opportunities for teaching artists
A primary objective of our Arts in Education program is to cultivate the field of professional teaching artists. Two ways we do this are through the Roster of Teaching Artists, and the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab – and applications are now being accepted for both opportunities. Both opportunities are open to teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines, in all parts of the state.
The ArtsWA Roster of Teaching Artists is a resource directory of high-quality teaching artists who are especially well suited for working with K-12 public schools. Rostered teaching artists are strong artists, as well as experienced educators, and are able to support classroom teachers by making connections between their art form and the Washington State standards in the arts. Guidelines and applications materials are on our website. Applications are due June 30, 2017.
The Washington State Teaching Artists Training Lab (TAT Lab) is a professional development program that supports teaching artists’ capacity to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers. The program is suitable for experienced professional teaching artists as well as newer teaching artists seeking foundational knowledge. The training focuses on instructional design – how to craft strong learning plans to support student success – and how to incorporate 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind as well as state standards in the arts. TAT Lab also focuses on social justice in education, and the role of arts educators in creating inclusive learning environments. The eight-month program includes eight days of in-person training, five teleconferences, and ongoing support and mentorship from faculty and peers. Certified K-12 teachers, particularly arts specialists, may also apply to participate in the TAT Lab; clock hours are available.
TAT Lab is a tuition-based program, with scholarships available; travel reimbursement is available for teaching artists from outside King County. The application deadline for the 2017-18 program is July 12, 2017. Early applications are encouraged: applicants who submit their materials by June 12 will receive a $50 early-bird tuition discount.
TAT Lab is a program of the Washington State Arts Commission and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and hosted by Seattle Children’s Theatre. Additional collaborating partners: Pacific Northwest Ballet, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.