Teaching Artist Opportunity: Creative Start Mini-Lessons

Contract Amount: $500 – $1,500

ArtsWA is currently accepting applications from teaching and working artists impacted by COVID-19.

Selected artists will produce short mini-lessons and corresponding video tutorials to support educators, parents, and caregivers working with youth (ages 3-8). Mini-lessons and video tutorials will support mindfulness, fun, and relief for early learners and their caregivers through COVID-19 related stress and beyond.

Artists will be compensated $500 to produce (1) Creative Start mini-lesson and corresponding video, with the opportunity to produce up to (3) for a total of $1,500.

The Mini-Lesson project seeks to support:

  • Creative and social emotional learning for Washington’s youngest learners.
  • Caregivers and educators working with youth ages 3-8.
  • Artists with direct contracts as a part of COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • Mindfulness, fun, and relief for early learners and their caregivers during a high stress period.

Selected teaching and working artists will produce:

  • 1-3 Mini-Lesson(s): Write a mini-lesson using the Creative Start Mini-Lesson template (example and template below) and ArtsWA provided mini-lesson topics (below). Arts focus can include theater, dance, visual arts, music, literary arts, media arts, and mindfulness and observation.
  • 1-3 Tutorial Video(s): Produce a corresponding Creative Start tutorial video (2-3 minutes in length) that demonstrates how to teach an art activity aligned with each submitted mini-lesson (above).

Lessons and corresponding tutorial videos will be offered as creative support to a diversity of caregivers working with early learners in any context.

Application Information

Application Timeline

Applications Open: April 24

Applications Due: May 15

Applicant Notifications: May 19

One-hour Orientation: May 21, Time TBD

Mini Lesson Drafts Due: May 29

Mini-Lesson(s) plans and videos Due: June 12

  • Teaching and working artists impacted by COVID-19.
  • Applicants must be residents of Washington State.
  • Applications must be submitted in full by the deadlines listed above.
  • Applicants must attend a one-hour project orientation (May 21) and meet all deadlines.
  • Applicants should have the following materials available:
    • Device for video recording (DSLR camera, cellphone, tablet, laptop, etc.)
    • Device for audio recording (cellphone, microphone, etc.)
    • A well-lit and quiet environment to record the Creative Start Mini-lesson(s).
    • Any materials needed to support the Creative Start Mini-Lesson(s).
Required Application Materials
  1. Application Form
  2. Work Sample (maximum 3)
    Submit one (maximum three) sample(s) of your work as an artist that integrates the arts and other content objectives. Work samples should be representative of your arts practice. (Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, or .jpeg files)
  1. Resume
    Please attache a separate resume with your application that addresses your experience and training as teaching artist and/or working artist. (Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat files)
Review Criteria

Review criteria are standards used to score applications. Strong applicants demonstrate strengths in:

  • Alignment with project goals (5 points)
  • Developmentally appropriate lesson idea(s) (5 points)
  • Understanding of the project’s target audience (5 points)
  • Equity and access (5 points)


A panel of arts professionals, ArtsWA commissioners, and staff will review your application alongside other applications in the same category. Using criteria to score applications, the panel will recommend high scoring applications to produce Everyday Arts mini-lessons.

Creative Start Mini-Lesson Topics and Guidelines

Selected artists will produce 1-3 mini-lesson(s) and corresponding video tutorial(s) of an art practice that helps youth (ages 3-8) engage with mini-lesson topics from the list below.

Mini-Lesson Topics (these will be assigned to selected artists)

ArtsWA has chosen these topics to be included in a downloadable mini-lesson card set. In your application, you will choose your top choices. Selected artists will be assigned a topic in their acceptance letter that may or may not correspond with your top choices.


  • Endings and Beginnings
  • Cleaning up
  • Conflict & Compromise
  • Let’s Get Grounded
  • Inside & Outside
  • Taking Space Giving Space
  • Breathing Everyday
  • Calm the Storm
  • Energize
  • Hello Big Feelings
  • Find Another Way
  • Our Bodies are Here
  • Shake it Off
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Giving and Taking
  • Take a Break
  • Yours, Mine, Ours
  • Be Curious
  • Notice the Details
  • Your Turn My Turn
Additional Information

This is a short-term, direct contract opportunity for teaching and working artists. Successful applicants will be asked to attend a one-hour project orientation. Interested artists should submit a complete application form, work sample, and a resume. For more information, please contact Alexis Sarah, Creative Start Project Manager, at alexis.sarah@arts.wa.gov or 360.228.6359.