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Teaching Artist Roster

New Teaching Artist Roster

Open Submission; No Deadline

Due to possible funding changes, out-of-state applicants will not be accepted at this time.

We provide opportunities for artists and artistic groups to work as artists/educators in schools, nonprofit organizations and other community settings. Services are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Legislature and local sponsoring organizations.

The Teaching Artist Roster is the recommended source of artists for grantees who are funded for projects and events. Once accepted into the Roster, artists may choose to be involved in the following types of arts education. View artist profiles.

  • Arts Learning GrantFunding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects where a qualified teaching artist(s) works with a specific community population, organization, or school.
  • Artists in Teacher-Initiated Projects (TIPs) engage professional educators in the creative process.
  • PTA Grants are for schools applying for an Arts Education grant for the first time. They are a maximum of $500.
  • Access the Arts Education Program’s Artist Handbook.

Arts education goals include the following:

  • to encourage a cooperative commitment among artists, teachers, students, communities and arts organizations, making arts learning an integral part of the educational experience
  • to create opportunities for participants to develop their own creativity
  • to use artists as resource people to facilitate and develop methods of teaching arts concepts and encourage participation in the creative process
  • to offer professional opportunities for artists
  • to make the arts basic to our lives by enhancing our cultural life and encouraging greater appreciation for all art forms and artists

Artists’ Requirements

Artists must:

  • be active and continually producing art
  • demonstrate artistic excellence (artists are not required to have formal training)
  • demonstrate communication and teaching skills (English skills are not required for the application and special needs are considered; please contact us for more information)
  • be flexible and able to work in, and with, a wide variety of settings, populations and ages
  • be professional, punctual, and able to submit contracts, final reports and evaluation forms

Artist Payments

Artists receive $30 for each contact hour with participants. Artists also receive $25 for preparation time per 10 hours of residency time. Utah Arts & Museums funds most residency airfare, hotel and per diem costs and provides mileage reimbursement for any artist working more than 30 miles from home. Salary, airfare, travel, hotel and per diem are paid directly to the artist by the grantee. Utah Arts & Museums funds travel to Utah once each year for out-of-state artists.

                               Apply to the Teaching Artist Roster                  (Before starting your application read the information below)

All documentation submitted is subject to a blind review by a peer panel. The panel consists of artists, university professors, artistic directors, curators, arts educators and presenters from Utah and other states.


All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decisions from the Artistic Excellence Review. Please do not call the Arts Education office. Letters will be mailed notifying you of the results. Those approved will be given additional application materials for the Educational Excellence Review.

Educational Excellence Review

This is a review of arts education experience, with particular attention to how the applicant will engage the students in their discipline and the creative process. At this review applicants will be interviewed on possible residency plans, artistic philosophy, how you view your role as different from the teacher, etc.

Applicants accepted at the Educational Excellence Review will not be notified but will automatically be subject to final Utah Arts & Museums/AE Committee Approval. The Committee, composed of five members of the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors, examines the decisions of the two previous panels. The Committee then makes final recommendations to the entire Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. No additional information is required of the applicant for this review.


ALL applying artists including traditional, ethnic and folk

Remember to submit your best professional work. It is not necessary to submit only child-appropriate works. We strongly suggest that you submit documentation showing the depth and range of your work, yet the depth and range of your work should clearly define your artistic voice.

It is also in your best interest to submit documentation of high quality; video recordings that are poorly lit, video and audio recordings with background noise, etc., will hinder the panel’s ability to review your documentation accurately.

You are welcome to apply to more than one discipline, however, acceptance in one category does not automatically assume acceptance in all the applied categories. Documentation should reflect work from the past 2-3 years. With that in mind, please note the following documentation requirements.


For group performances, clearly identify yourself on each segment of the recording so that the panel members know whom to watch. For example, you might identify yourself by placement on the stage or by describing your clothing.

Literary Arts

Submit typed examples of recent work. Do not put your name on the pages. Prose writers may submit up to 40 pages of typed manuscript. Poets submit up to 40 pages of poems in varied forms.


Clearly identify which tracks to be played. For group performances, clearly identify which instrument or voice is yours. Composers may submit a musical score. Do not put your name on the pages. Number pages consecutively.


We recommend that at least one of the stories be of your own creation and not an adaptation of a well-known folk tale or story.


(Includes mime, reader’s theatre) For group performances, clearly identify yourself on each segment. For example, you might identify yourself by placement on the stage, by describing your clothing, or by your role. You may also submit a written script. Submit written scripts in their entirety. Do not put your name on the pages. Number pages consecutively.

Visual Arts

(Includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture, clay, printing, photography, mixed media, installations, digital graphics, cartooning, drawing) Submit prints of original works, digital images or original works for 20 separate works. Number each print/image/original work in the order you wish them shown. Detail prints or images of larger works are acceptable, but you should not submit more than two or three views of the same work (detail prints/images do not count as part of the original 20). When appropriate, indicate the actual size of the work within the print or image. (For example, place a penny or pencil next to the work to visually show the size.) Collaborative work needs to be clearly explained as to the artist’s specific role in the work. In addition to the prints/images/original works, artists may include catalogs and raissonnés of their work, but these do not substitute for the required 20 pieces.


Your documentation must reflect how you integrate the different disciplines to create a single multi-discipline exhibit or performance.

Because of the difficulty in accurately representing multi-disciplined exhibitions and performances, please call the Arts Education Program at 801.236.7557 for suggestions on how to best submit documentation.