“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”
Actor, teaching artist and author
AIE artists are selected through a rigorous peer panel review process administered by the NJSCA. They are evaluated for both the quality of their art work and their ability to create lively, substantial and sequential arts programs in collaboration with teachers in educational settings.
Professional practicing artists who wish to learn more about becoming eligible to conduct AIE residencies should refer to the current guidelines available online.
NOTE: There are other requirements for artists who apply as part of ensembles or companies; refer to the current guidelines for details.
Once accepted as an AIE roster artist, your application/resume package will be sent to AIE Consortium Partners and you will be notified about AIE Orientation and Training. An AIE Orientation for new AIE roster artists is held along with an annual multi-day AIE Training for all AIE artists. New AIE roster artists are expected to attend the AIE Orientation and Training in preparation for conducting residencies.
NOTE: In any given year, there is no guarantee of residency work, as the demand is based on school grants and disciplines selected.
You will be partnered with an experienced AIE teaching artist who will mentor you through your first residency. The AIE Consortium makes and informs all participants of the arrangements. Your Mentor will contact you to set dates to visit and observe you during a few days over the course of the residency. Your Mentor will have 3 days to work with you, but in most cases, an informal mentorship continues by phone or e-mail. Your Mentor will provide a report, copies of which will be shared with you, the AIE Consortium and the AIE Partner. This report is designed to provide constructive suggestions and observations that will guide you in your professional development and ideas for future residencies.
When a residency opportunity arises that matches your arts discipline and resume experience, an AIE Partner will call you to set up a school interview. You will receive a copy of the school’s residency proposal in preparation for the interview. Please note that artist candidates are not compensated for the interview time. School Steering Committee members including the On-Site Coordinator and administrator, along with teachers and/or community members and the AIE Partner, conduct the interview.
Bring copies of your resume and/or CV, along with any brochures, fliers or a portfolio of materials that highlight your artistic work as well as prior experience working with students. You may wish to organize and bring a laptop for a slide show, PowerPoint or website presentation of your work. Be prepared to relate your skills and experience to your ideas and vision for carrying out the specific residency proposal.
To be an effective teaching artist you must not only be able to create in the art form, but communicate the ideas, techniques and skills involved in that creation. It is very important that you review the school’s residency proposal to prepare for the interview. Think about the related student learning, how to guide them in the art making and how you will know if your work is effective. The interviewers may ask about specific activities, goals and assessment; be prepared (with notes, if that helps you) to talk in detail about these topics.
Include items such as sample lesson plans, rubrics and references to state or national core curriculum content standards that will signal that you are familiar with traditional forms of school curriculum planning and evaluation tools.
Think about questions you may have for the site administrators and teachers: what they hope to achieve by having a Residency Artist; how the residency fits their overall vision for arts education; what is the prior student and staff experience with the arts. The most effective interviews are conversations in which the teaching artist and site personnel learn enough about one another to determine that they will make a successful match.