Teaching Artists

For the teaching artists on the SFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners roster, or those interested in applying to the roster.

About Teaching Artists

Professional teaching artists are qualified to conduct in-depth, standards-based fine arts and arts integration residencies in educational settings and to present professional development workshops for teachers.

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) maintains an Artistic Teaching Partners Roster of qualified individuals and organizations. The SFCA works with teaching artists from this roster for educational programs including Art Bento and Artists in the Schools.

How to Become a Teaching Artist

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Professional Development

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.

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.

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.