National Artist Teacher Fellowships for teachers at public arts high schools

Letters of intent are due Nov. 18.

The National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program sponsored by Boston Arts Academy’s Center for Arts in Education offers arts teachers from public arts high schools the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.

(Teachers from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County are past recipients of this Fellowship. The Fine Arts Center’s Terri Parker Lewis and Donna Shank-Major  are current NATF recipients.)

The purpose of this Fellowship is to expand and/or rejuvenate the applicant’s artistic range and abilities in their artistic practice. Teachers will be expected to design a fellowship program that provides opportunities to enhance their understanding of current techniques, activity, and thinking in their artistic domain(s). It may include: study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals or institutes; residencies at artists’ colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; independent study towards the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals), or other artistic entities.

Up to 20 awards of $5,500 each will be made, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the Fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities. The fellowship award is for the Fellow to use towards the completion of their project experience. It may be used to defray the cost of tuition and other fees, room and board, travel, purchase of materials and/or equipment for personal art-making, childcare, mentor fees, and other relevant expenses. The post-fellowship funds are to be used at the discretion of the Fellow for the benefit of their students, school and classroom.

Schools must*:

  • Be an arts-focused public, magnet, or charter high school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent
  • Offer sequential arts courses as a requirement for graduation
  • Employ artists as teachers

Arts teachers must:

  • Be permanently assigned full or part-time faculty (minimum of 6 hrs/week in their arts discipline)
  • Be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts at the high school level.

*The 2014 NATF program now includes arts teachers at Title 1 schools that have demonstrated a commitment to using the arts to improve student engagement and achievement. Teachers from high schools that are not arts-specialty schools are not eligible to apply at this time even if those schools have an arts concentration (unless they have Title 1 status).

The application is a two-step process, with letters of intent due Nov. 18. Complete guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online.

Image: Pamela Plagge-Isaac, 2012 NATF Fellow, Brooklyn Center Arts Magnet & IB World School, Brooklyn Center, MN. Photo by Alice Gebura

Via: Center for Arts in Education