ARTS FIRST Professional Development for Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists at a Classroom Management workshop

Teaching Artists at a Classroom Management workshop


Teaching artists on the SFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners Roster are required to participate in annual professional development (PD) in order to maintain “active” status. The purpose of PD is to help artists gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach high quality, in-depth, standards-based arts residencies in schools. This purpose is in alignment with the National Endowment for the Arts’ goals and outcomes.

SFCA and its partners will annually provide opportunities and, when possible, financial support for TAs to participate in professional development. If it is not possible to attend PD offered by SFCA, Roster TAs are required to attend an alternate PD which has been pre-approved by SFCA, at their own expense. Click here for a list of workshops and courses offered by SFCA’s partners. Most are for classroom teachers, but TAs can benefit as well. Alternate PD options are not limited to this list; TAs are encouraged to seek alternate PD that is useful to their practice. TA will then submit the Professional Development Action for Roster Artists form to SFCA.

In the past, day-long workshops were offered several times a year. Past topics included:

  • Introduction to the ARTS FIRST Essential Arts Toolkit
  • Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration (with the Kennedy Center)
  • Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residencies for Students (with the Kennedy Center)
  • Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist
  • Disability Awareness (with VSA)
  • Pedagogy Primer – A Workshop Trilogy on Core Principles of Teaching and Learning

Since 2013, PD has taken the form of annual two-day or three-day institutes for the entire roster with guest presenters, master classes, peer presentations, arts-alike breakout sessions, etc. Each institute below is described in a booklet pdf:

The workshops are coordinated by the Hawai’i Arts Alliance with funding from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai’i and the National Endowment for the Arts.