Teaching Artists are a unique combination of working artists and working educators. Artists represented on the Teaching Artists Roster have successfully undergone a panel review process that evaluates their artistic and instructional abilities and achievements. Those selected have proven their success in their professional arts field and arts discipline. They also demonstrate expertise in teaching such as knowledge of organizational systems, trends and philosophy of education, people/classroom management and the ability to educate learners about the creative process. IAC Teaching Artists are able to create programs for teachers (professional development, in-service, co-teaching) and for students in a hands-on participatory way. You can expect IAC Teaching Artists to have the following skills and abilities:
Important information: The Iowa Arts Council does not conduct background checks or fingerprint artists on the Teaching Artists Roster. Schools and institutions should use their own normal screening processes. IAC requires that the classroom teacher is present at all times in the classroom when artists are working with students.
Hiring a Teaching Artist: IAC Teaching Artists have proven their professionalism in working with organizations and classrooms. They are experienced in working with teachers to design age-specific residencies, workshops and informances that meet district and national standards. It is up to the teacher or administrator to contact the artists or their agent(s) to determine their availability, fees and expenses. Artists will work with you to plan a residency, project or program that meets your needs and budget. Teaching Artists are responsible for maintaining accurate contact information on their roster page. If you have trouble selecting or contacting a teaching artist, IAC would be happy to assist you.
Artist Selection: You can select Teaching Artists by discipline, location, or view the list alphabetically. The Teaching Artists profile gives specifics on core group, artistic work and background, residency preferences and needs, availability and contact information.
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All IAC Major Grant or Mini Grant applications making use of artists must include work samples and support materials in order for reviewers to judge the artistic quality of their work. However, if you are working with an IAC Teaching Artist you do not have to submit work samples. Rostered Teaching Artists are considered to be high quality artists in their Roster-approved arts discipline. Just print off their IAC web page and submit with the other supplemental material.
Teaching Artists, you are part of a select roster for the Iowa Arts Council. You were approved after completing a thorough application, review, and interview process led by a panel of experts in arts and in arts education programming. The Teaching Artists Roster is not simply a directory of artists; it is a highly selective part of the Arts Education program at IAC.
IAC Arts Education program’s primary purpose for the Teaching Artist Roster is to identify and promote high-quality artists who maintain active careers as teaching and professional artists, with expertise in collaborating with schools and communities in life long learning in and through arts. You are IAC’s partner in classrooms throughout the state of Iowa. Listed below is general information regarding the IAC Teaching Artists Roster program.
IAC Teaching Artists must commit to the following agreement to maintain their status as an IAC Rostered Teaching Artist:
Communicate with the Iowa Arts Council:
Removal Policy: IAC may remove a Teaching Artist from the roster at any time for actions or behavior that could be detrimental to students, teachers, the community and/or the IAC program. This includes inappropriate behavior or language in a school setting, violating school/ organization rules, unlawful activities, or unprofessional conduct including not submitting required materials on time, being late or not showing up for a residency
IAC is committed to providing the following services to you as an IAC Teaching Artist:
Thank you for your interest in becoming an IAC Rostered Teaching Artist. IAC knows the importance of the work done by teaching artists in schools and institutions throughout the state. The roster is a resource for teachers and administrators seeking professional teaching artists to provide life-long learning opportunities. The Teaching Artists on the IAC roster have proven to be high quality artists in their disciplines and proven their success in their professional quality and experience in instruction. While IAC will assist in promotion of the rostered Teaching Artists, being on the roster does not guarantee employment. Teaching Artists are encouraged to leverage their position on the roster in their own marketing strategies. As an IAC Teaching Artist, you would be expected to encompass the following skills and abilities:
To Apply to be included on the IAC Teaching Artists Roster:
Evaluation Process: IAC staff screens applications and supplemental materials received for basic eligibility. Eligible applications are reviewed by an advisory panel comprised of experts in the arts and in arts education programming. Applications and supplemental materials are reviewed by panelists individually and in a group after the audition/interview. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the IAC Executive Director for approval.