Vermont Arts Council

RFP for Teaching Artist Trainer

There is a need in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for trained teaching artists to provide high quality arts-based educational opportunities for students of all ages, preschool through adults. This need is currently unmet, due to a lack of experienced teaching artists living in the region. Catamount Arts, a multi-media community arts center based in St. Johnsbury, and Discover St. Johnsbury, the local downtown revitalization organization, seek to provide a program of professional development for local artists in all media who have an interest in teaching, particularly youth.

Catamount Arts and Discover St. Johnsbury seek a Teaching Artist Trainer (Trainer) to provide professional development for local artists with little or no teaching experience, sharing teaching strategies and best practices to help prepare them for school- and community-based teaching opportunities, thereby increasing their capacity to make a living using their craft. Training can be done in person, or through a combination of virtual and in person work.

The winning proposal will receive an award of $5,000. An additional $1,000 is available for supply purchases associated with this contract. Funding is provided by a Rural Business Development Grant to Discover St. Johnsbury, from USDA Rural Development.

A contract for services will be entered into between Catamount Arts and the Teaching Artist Trainer. The Trainer will be required to meet conditions required of the funding source, including, but not limited to:
– USDA Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion
– Compliance with Executive Order 11246 Concerning Equal Employment Opportunity

All activities and deliverables may begin immediately upon selection of the Trainer, and must be completed before December 31, 2023.

• Course curriculum for a teaching artist training program.
• Completed trainings for up to six trainees.

Proposals should be brief (1-3 pages) and address the following points and questions:
• Your name and contact information.
• An overview of your proposed training program. Include information about a timeline, how material will be delivered (in person, virtually, on site at a school, etc.), number of participants able to be served, materials participants will need, and the specific skills the participants will develop.
• Tasks, steps, or resources that might be included to help participants build and reflect on those skills.
• Ways participants might share about their work and interact with others, building a network of support that will help them to continue their practice.
• Your experiences delivering content through virtual and in person training.
• Any support materials you would like to include in addition to the proposal. This may include existing curricula, reports or other materials. These are not required.

• Feasibility and accessibility of project, given time and funding constraints.
• Feasibility of timeline to develop skills stated in the lesson over a 6-10 month period
• Strength of providing sustained engagement over the course of multiple months – encouraging practice and iteration

Proposals should be submitted by April 15 to Anne Campbell at [email protected]. Trainers will be notified of their status by May 15. Please contact Anne with any questions.

April 15: Proposals due
May 15: Notification of accepted proposals (including Contract and Scope of Work documentation to selected artists)
June 15, 2023: Training outline submitted
Summer/fall, 2023: Training to begin
December 15, 2023: Deadline for training completion
December 31, 2023: Deadline for project completion; project report due