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Teaching Artists

Bookmaking is one way visual arts can be used in a fourth-grade history class.

Many positives result when teaching artists and classroom teachers come together in both arts and non-arts classrooms. These include:

  • developing new skills as educators
  • establishing techniques or lesson plans that can be used again
  • capturing artists’ expertise to support or assess student learning goals
  • engaging a broad range of students
  • creating a positive classroom environment

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 Opportunity

Each fall, the Integrated Arts Academy, in partnership with VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council offers Arts Connect — a semester-long professional development opportunity for any teaching artist to learn more about arts integration, universal design, and classroom collaboration. Teaching artists from across the state are encouraged to apply.

Program participants who complete the course receive three graduate-level credits through Saint Michael’s College and a stipend to cover tuition costs. Arts Connect 2016 took place during St. Michael's College fall semester.