Taking teaching to the next level
TAT Lab supports teaching artists’ capacity to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers. Photo courtesy of TAT Lab.

Teaching Artist Training Lab

Are you an experienced, professional teaching artist looking to enhance or refresh your work?

Are you a newer teaching artist, seeking foundational knowledge?

The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) can help you:

  • Learn about best practices in arts education
  • Develop strong and effective learning plans
  • Articulate arts learning goals and assessment criteria
  • Use formative assessment to support teaching and learning
  • Create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students
  • Incorporate 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind with art skills and techniques
  • Understand the role of social justice in arts education
  • Build effective partnerships with K-12 schools and teachers
Who can participate?

TAT Lab supports mid-career and experienced teaching artists. It can also provide foundational knowledge for newer teaching artists. Certified K-12 teachers, particularly arts specialists, may also apply. Clock hours are available through Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) at no additional cost. All participants will benefit from peer learning among committed arts educators.

What does it cost?

TAT Lab tuition is $675. Financial aid is available. Participants from outside of King County are eligible for travel and lodging support.

ArtsWA encourages arts education organizations to support professional development for their teaching artists by covering a portion or all of the TAT Lab tuition.

Program Dates

TAT Lab is a seven-month program. It includes three in-person sessions in Seattle. Additionally, there are monthly phone conferences, and ongoing peer and faculty mentoring support.

Sessions for the 2019-2020 program are:

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

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 TAT Lab 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.

To apply, please go to www.PNB.org/TATLab, where the first step is to complete an information form.

Full Program Description

Download the TAT Lab Program Description | for application requirements and complete program information.


ArtsWA produces TAT Lab in partnership with the OSPI and Pacific Northwest Ballet. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provides major support. Seattle Children’s Theatre hosts TAT Lab sessions. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

Want to know what goes on at TAT Lab? Alumni talk about the program and give us an insider view.

Contact us

If you have questions, please contact ArtsWA’s Arts in Education Program Manager, Tamar Krames, or the TAT Lab Coordinator at Pacific Northwest Ballet.