Teaching Artist Training Lab

A brief video about TAT Lab, produced June 2016.

The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) supports teaching artists’ capacity to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers. A key focus of the program is on developing strong learning plans, with clearly articulated arts learning goals, assessment criteria, and formative assessment techniques. TAT Lab also focuses on social justice in education, and creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. We work on authentic approaches to incorporting 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind along with arts skills and techniques.

TAT Lab is intended to support mid-career and experienced teaching artists, as well those newer to the field.

This training is appropriate for experienced professional teaching artists looking to enhance or refresh their work, particularly in the areas of assessment strategies and well-articulated learning plans, as well as newer teaching artists seeking foundational knowledge. Certified K-12 teachers, particularly arts specialists, may also apply to participate in TAT Lab; clock hours are available through OSPI at no additional cost. All participants will benefit from peer learning in a community of committed arts educators.

The seven-month program includes three in-person sessions in Seattle. Dates for the 2019-2020 program are:

  • September 19-21, 2019
  • November 1-2, 2019
  • March 12-14, 2020

Additionally, there are monthly phone conferences, and ongoing mentoring and support from faculty and peers.

TAT Lab tuition is $675. Financial Aid is available. Travel support, including lodging, is available for participants coming from outside of King County. We encourage arts education organizations to support professional development for their teaching artists by covering some or all of TAT Lab tuition.

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, coordinated by Pacific Northwest Ballet, and hosted by Seattle Children’s Theatre. Additional support comes from 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


"All components of this program have been valuable! TAT Lab has empowered me to authentically redefine myself as a teaching artist. This experience has included one aha! after another. TAT Lab has been a powerful lens into strengths and weaknesses in my practice. I have learned SO much and will be a better teacher, and a better human, because of TAT Lab."

- TAT Lab graduate, 2018


TAT Lab application process

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 program is July 11, 2019.

Early applications are encouraged: applicants who submit their materials by June 12 will receive a $50 early-bird tuition discount.

Download the complete TAT Lab Program Description for further information about the application process and requirements.

To request a link to the online application form, go to www.PNB.org/tatlab

Contacts for more information

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Jaret at ArtsWA, or the TAT Lab Coordinator at PNB.

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