Information for Teaching Artists


Applications will be accepted in the areas of Literary Arts, Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre.  While we will consider applications in other arts areas, we rarely have a need for Teaching Artists in disciplines other than those mentioned above.

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In order to be considered for placement with the Arts in Education program, artists must submit the following via email to the School & Family Programs Coordinator at childrensprograms@artscenterlive:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Recent Educational Work History: A list, up to one page in length, of workshops and residencies provided for preK-12th grade students in the past 4 years, including grade level, location and a brief description of the program offered.
  • Resume: Please include education, training, work experience, recognition and any other pertinent biographical information.
  • Work Samples: These should represent your creative ability and the quality of your work.  Please submit examples of both your professional work and educational work demonstrating your teaching ability.
  • Support Materials (one or more of the following): Study guides, lesson plans, and/or a list of professional development received over the past 5 years.
  • If you have not worked with The ArtsCenter in the past 3 years, please submit 2 Letters of Recommendation.


Teaching Artists will be selected based on the applicant’s ability to conduct arts-based learning experiences in preK-12th grade settings and the quality of the applicant’s work as a professional artist.  The ArtsCenter’s Arts in Education Teaching Artists must demonstrate their ability to collaborate with teachers to integrate NC standards-based curriculum with the arts, provide detailed assessment and evaluation, and conduct residencies that are age-appropriate.


In order to be considered for placement in schools, selected applicants must attend a Teaching Artist Orientation at The ArtsCenter, or make arrangements to meet with the School & Family Programs Coordinator for orientation.  This meeting/workshop is FREE to Teaching Artists who have applied to the Arts in Education program.  Application materials will be accepted at the meeting as well as via email on an ongoing basis.

Focus School Program

The Focus School Program is a partnership between Orange County Schools and The ArtsCenter which provides Artist Residencies to each classroom in Orange County’s Title 1 elementary schools and the alternative high school, as well as free admission to one School Show at The ArtsCenter, at no cost to the students.  Therefore, Artist Residencies in these schools are tied both to curriculum and to the subject matter of the School Show students will attend, and should prepare students to attend the performance in addition to enhancing classroom learning.  Artists working in this program are required to attend a planning meeting with classroom teachers before beginning the residency, as well as providing assessment and evaluation materials.  Focus School Program Teaching Artists are paid at the rate of $75/class session (usually around an hour per classroom, x 5 days), plus $150 for planning and evaluation time, plus up to $100 reimbursement for materials.

When registering for the Focus School Program, classroom teachers will indicate their choice of School Show and art form.  Teaching Artists will be placed in residencies based on their compatibility with classroom teachers’ selections and the artist’s demonstrated ability to work with each grade level.

Other Residencies

Occasionally, The ArtsCenter is asked to coordinate residencies in other schools.  The School & Family Programs Coordinator will work with the school administration and/or staff to develop a plan, and will recruit Teaching Artists from the roster.  Artists will be considered for these residencies based on their past projects and programs, and their ability to collaborate with school staff.