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Teaching Artists


Teaching artists bring vast expertise and specialized skills into schools, bridging the classroom and real-world practice. The Arts Council facilitates connections that enrich the state’s arts education landscape by investing in high-quality arts experiences in learning institutions. Supporting the enrichment of teaching artists through professional development is also a Council priority.

School Residencies

Artists on the Council’s Teaching Artist Roster are professionals with extensive experience in education. Their school residencies can be funded through the Council's Artists in Schools Grants which provide arts experiences for students and professional development for teachers of all disciplines who are interested in teaching through the arts.

Professional Development

These local and national resources are listed for artists seeking to improve their skills and get more joy from their teaching experience.

National Guild For Community Arts Education

The National Guild Conference, November 15-18, is an annual gathering of the nonprofit arts education community, providing learning, networking, and tools to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. This year’s conference in San Francisco will focus on how arts education can serve as a source of hope, healing, and strength in challenging times.

Northern Vermont Collaborative

The Arts Council is partnering with Catamount Film and Arts, the Community Engagement Lab, River Arts, VSA Vermont, and WonderArts VT to bring opportunities, resources, and connection to teaching artists in the Northeast Kingdom and surrounding areas. Several events are scheduled through June, 2018.

  • November 5: Teaching Artist Mixer at the Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro
  • tba: Engaging Reluctant Learners Workshop I
  • tba: Engaging Reluctant Learners Workshop II
  • tba: Universal Design for Learning Workshop I
  • tba: Universal Design for Learning Workshop II

Teaching Artist Academy and Fellowship Program

This event is produced by the Community Engagement Lab. Hands-on experimentation and individual coaching from leading experts in the field will help selected participants develop tools and skills for advancing the scope and reach of their work in partnership with schools.

Academy sessions are January 13-14 and March 24-25, at Lake Morey Resort. Apply online by November 15.