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Teaching Artist Roster

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing, dance, film/video, folk traditions, mime, music, photography, sculpture, theater, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels and the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. Click HERE to find out more information about applying for the Teaching Artist Roster.


Teaching Artists and Their Work Survey

The results of the Association of Teaching Artists Survey on What are Meaningful, Supportable, and Sustainable Environments for the Work of a Teaching Artist are now available online. The focus of the survey, conducted between September 2009 and March 2010, was teaching artists’ experiential knowledge. Teaching artists from fifty states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.

Arts Education Research Compendium

The Arts Education Research Compendium is a collection of citations from arts education research articles, sorted by topics pertinent to arts education (produced by the Beverly Taylor Sorenson A.R.T.S. Initiative of the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and Utah Arts & Museums).

Other Arts Education Program Resources

Professional Development Resources and Links

Educators, artists and school administrators can find lesson plans, curriculum guides and funding opportunities utilizing the links below:

American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE)
A networking organization for theatre artists and educators that provides services and programming. Provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, creativity, artistry, mentorship, recognition, and advocacy.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
The leading association in America for local arts organizations. They have an electronic arts education newsletter that often includes new and obscure funding for artists and teachers. They also provide an Arts Education Field Guide, Arts Education Navigator, and Arts Education Network.

Arts Education Partnership
A primary source for research and advocacy materials that can be downloaded and shared. The partnership includes the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Endowment for the Arts and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

A searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ArtsFUSION strives to increase the quantity and quality of arts learning experiences for children in Southern Utah.

BYU A.R.T.S. Partnership
BYU A.R.T.S. Partnership offers professional development, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers.

Carnegie Hall Music Educators Toolbox
This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices.

Classics for Kids
Classical music lesson plans, activities, and more.

Crayola Dreammakers
Utah’s own Mary Wells is the representative for Crayola, and she also provides free workshops for teachers and students. Lesson plans for teachers are available on this site.

The Dana Foundation – Arts Education
Information regarding grant procedures and deadlines for arts education grants.

Dance and the Child International
Dance and the Child International (daCi) is a nonprofit organization that organizes dance teachers and students to create more opportunities for all children to dance. State, national, and international conferences are held once every three years. The daCi Utah Day of Dance is held on a Saturday in November.
A listing of education grants and new funding opportunities for organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

The Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
This site has terrific arts education lesson plans and instructional resources in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, as well as multidisciplinary resources. Also has a great list of links to other resources in all of the disciplines.

Kimball Art Center
Kimball Art Center (KAC) is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone. Provides lesson plans.

Kingsbury Hall
Kingsbury Hall offers: matinee performances during the school day for students and for senior citizens from SL County Aging Services senior centers; artists who visit schools to perform or do workshops; and professional development for teachers through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with SLC School District and Youth Theatre at the U.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY)
Art history timelines.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting music through donation of musical instruments to young musicians.

National Arts Education Association (NAEA)
A group devoted to a belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential, offering ideas about teaching, leading, and learning, as well as an annual convention. Provides an instructional resources gallery.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
Provides professional development, leadership, support services, research, and advocacy for artists, educators, and administrators in dance education across all genres of dance.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Arts learning grants, due dates, applications and other information.

National Gallery of Art  
Offers online resources, loan programs, school tours, teacher workshops, lesson plans, and other resources.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
Through the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program, the Guild distributes best-practices guides, makes grants and produces training institutes to support high-quality, sustainable arts education partnerships with public schools.

National Opera Teacher and Educator Source (NOTES)
A recently launched website by OPERA  America, this offers a wide range of lesson plans among other resources that are easily accessible to busy educators.

Neuroscience and the Classroom
By gaining insights into how the brain works – and how students actually learn – teachers will be able to create their own solutions to the classroom challenges they face and improve their practice.

Repertory Dance Theatre
RDT offers teacher in-service workshops, lesson plans, student matinees, resource materials, mini-residencies, long-term residencies, school partnerships, lecture demonstrations, and summer workshops for teens.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Ririe-Woodbury offers summer workshops, lesson plans, POPS outreach, educational videos, free dress rehearsal attendance, student matinees, and teacher discounts.

Springville Museum of Art’s StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP)
SWAP is a collective of Utah museum and arts educators which aims to help establish visual art education as a part of the curriculum. Programs are funded by the State Office of Education through POPS (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools). Programs include art talks, evenings for educators, and lesson plans.

Tanner Dance at the U of U
Tanner Dance supports 800 scholarship students in area schools. The scholarships are part of a residency designed to help teachers incorporate movement into the curriculum. Other outreach services include teacher workshops, lecture/demonstrations, and school performances. Participating teachers receive grade-specific lesson plans based on the Utah State Core Curriculum.

Timpanogos Storytelling
Timpanogos Storytelling offers lesson plans, a summer festival, a midwinter event, a fall retreat, assemblies, and workshops.

Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers
UACTT offers lesson plans, an annual summer retreat, a listserv, mentoring program, resource guide, production galleries, and professional development opportunities.

Utah Art Education Association (UAEA)
Offers advocacy resources, a listing of grants and scholarships, an annual conference, and other resources.

Utah Book Arts Program
Since 1998, the Book Arts Program has provided hands-on education in art, history, cultural studies, and literacy appreciation to Utah’s school children and educators. Offers teacher workshops, lesson plans, and classroom kits.

Utah Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (UAOSA)
This organization offers four workshops in Orff Schulwerk throughout the fall, winter and spring. Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music, based on singing, chanting rhymes, clapping and dancing. Orff Schulwerk is active involvement in music-making that incorporates speech, singing, movement and instrument-playing in a creative environment.

Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO)
UDEO focuses on professional development, research, documentation, assessment, and leadership. Offers conferences, newsletters, lesson plans, and other resources.

Utah Film Center
SHIFT is a program of the Utah Film Center that provides curriculum resources and lesson plans, professional development and curriculum in the integration of the filmmaking process to educators.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
UMFA offers art classes for kids, docent-led tours, evenings and lesson plans for educators, school partnership programs, a teacher resource center, and a newsletter.

Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA)
Open to all music educators in both public and private institutions, from pre-K to college level, offering resources and opportunities for learning and growth in the field.

Utah PTA
Utah PTA offers grants annually to encourage local schools to develop, promote, and provide quality art programs. Grants are $500 maximum and are for units in good standing (paid dues and submitted by-laws and membership fees).

Utah State Board of Education Division of Fine Arts
For fine arts core curriculum and teacher guides, curriculum maps, and resources for teachers in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

Utah Symphony | Opera
Utah Symphony | Opera offers a multitude of events and activities for teachers and students.

Utah Theatre Association
UTA offers an annual conference, scholarships, a newsletter, and a guide to Utah theatre resources.

Utah Valley University Department of Theatrical Arts
UVU offers theatre programming for children and youth, student matinees, an educators’ evening, and a performing arts summer camp for kids.

Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative
The WSU Arts Learning Collaborative offers lesson plans, year-round professional learning opportunities in arts integration for K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, arts specialists, and WSU students. The Collaborative hosts an annual Arts Integration Conference and supports the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program–a statewide K-6 arts integration program.

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) engages with a specific community population, organization, or school.
  • Artists in Teacher-Initiated Projects (TIPs) engage professional educators in the creative process.
  • PTA Grants for schools applying for an Arts Education grant for the first time. Maximum award $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 engage artists as resources 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 in their discipline
  • 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 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 are notified of the panel’s decisions from the Artistic Excellence Review. Please do not call the Arts Education office. Letters are mailed notifying you of the results. Approved artists are given additional application materials for the Educational Excellence Review.

Educational Excellence Review

Artists are reviewed for arts education experience, with particular attention to how the applicant will engage the students in their discipline and the creative process. At this interview artists describe residency plans, artistic philosophy, role of the artist vs. the teacher, etc.

Utah Arts & Museums/AE Committee Approval. Followed by Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. Makes final determination.


ALL applying artists including traditional, ethnic and folk

Submit best professional work that documents the depth and range of work, and clearly define the artistic voice. Do not submit only child-appropriate works.

Submit documentation of high quality video recordings. Poorly lit, video and audio recordings with background noise, etc. will hinder the panel’s ability to review weak documentation accurately.

Artists 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. Please note the following documentation requirements.


For group performances, identify applicant on each segment by placement on the stage or by describing clothing.

Literary Arts

Submit examples of recent work sans name. Prose writers may submit up to 40 pages of manuscript. Poets submit a maximum of 40 pages of poems in varied forms.


Clearly identify tracks to be played. For group performances, clearly identify which instrument or voice is applicant’s. Composers may submit a musical score. Do not place applicant on the pages. Number pages consecutively.


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


(Includes mime, reader’s theatre) For group performances, clearly identify applicant on each segment. For example, identify applicant by placement on the stage, by describing clothing, or by role. Applicant may also submit a written script. Submit written scripts in their entirety. Do not note playwright 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 digital images of 20 separate works. Detail images of larger works are acceptable, but do 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 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.


Documentation must reflect integration of 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.