Teaching Artist Field Development

The Connecticut Office of the Arts has been at the forefront of a national movement designed to cultivate a field of teaching artists for over 35 years. The HOT Schools Program professionally develops teaching artists in the HOT APPROACH to arts-integrated teaching practice so  they may provide exceptional artistic experiences and authentically integrated curriculum to reinforce the role and power of the arts in a well-rounded education.

Teaching Artists have the opportunity to enrich their body of work through networking with peers and collaborative opportunities in schools, arts organizations and other venues to become integral partners in the HOT APPROACH. The Program has developed a Teaching Artist Professional Development Triad of experiences that begins with observation, leads to mentored experiential learning and concludes with coaching for understanding, documentation and assessment of the impact of the work of teaching artists. This is an ongoing process requiring research, commitment to learning, and collaborative effort with classroom teacher partners. Teaching Artist Mentorships echo the HOT Schools Program's commitment to unique professional development in, about and through the arts. This experiential learning opportunity deepens and strengthens the skill set and role of teaching artists.

Examples of Teacher Artist Collaboration Leadershops

Connecticut Office of the Arts Teaching Artist Application 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is accepting applications for its Directory of Teaching Artists.  Teaching artists are individual practicing artists who specialize in teaching both in the classroom and in the community.  The Directory of Teaching Artists is a reliable resource of high-quality Connecticut teaching artists who have been juried for excellence in their art form and readiness and capacity to work in schools and community settings.
Program Guidelines
Deadline:  Rolling

HOT Schools Quote

“I work with artists, arts educators, and organizations around the country, and the work in Connecticut’s HOT schools is among the best done anywhere. Their approach, expertise, and team of skilled practitioners provide leadership that is ready to transform the learning in many more schools, within the state and across the states.”

Eric Booth, Juilliard faculty member, author, national consultant, and arts education advocate