How to Become an AIS Artist

FAA suggests reading the 2012-2013 FACE Handbook to become familiar with the AIS progam to see if it is a right fit for you. In order to become an eligible artist for the Artist-in-Schools program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Artist must complete the four classes from a Teaching Artist Training Session. These sessions are offered once each fall and spring. Please know that all four classes must be attended in order to receive certification.
  • Artist must submit all application materials.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the FAA education coordinator.

Fairbanks Teaching Artist Training Sessions will be in August 2014, dates TBD.


What is the Teaching Artists Training Academy?

* Professional development for area artists to qualify for Alaska State Teaching Artist status. This will be a lively and informative series of hands-on presentations by expert teachers and administrators who will share knowledge skills and techniques. A certificate will be awarded on completion of the 12 hours of coursework to equip you to work effectively in Fairbanks classrooms and beyond.

*Advice on how to negotiate contracts, market yourself and how to join the Alaska Teaching Roster of the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

*Dialogue and community building among local artists and educators about teaching in and through the arts.

Topics to be discussed will include: Application process, importance of residencies, Alaska State standards, FNSBSD Arts, developmental levels, differentiated learning, classroom management strategies, collaboration for successful residencies, and the business of being a teaching artist.

Would you like to be notified when the next training is scheduled?

You could be an Artist in the Schools Fall semester 2014!


 Questions? Please email


An example of a past teaching artist training:

Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy February 15, 16, 17 and March 2

The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is offering a Teaching Artist Academy in Anchorage on Friday-Sunday, February 15-17 and Saturday, March 2 at the ASCA offices at 161 Klevin Street, Ste 102 in Anchorage.

This professional development program will include sessions on connecting to curriculum, lesson planning, classroom management and preparation, building a professional teaching artist practice and development of strong arts education partnerships in schools. Workshop leaders are from the fields of education, non-profit arts and individual artists.

Whether you are an experienced teaching artist seeking ongoing professional development and a cohort of arts educators or an emerging artist exploring the idea of what it means to be a teaching artist in Alaska, this program will address current issues in arts education for all participants. This is the second Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy and one of several occurring throughout Alaskan communities. These programs were developed in response to the need for professional development and networking opportunities for teaching artists, and to prepare teaching artists who are considering becoming involved with school residencies such as the ASCA Artist in Schools program.

  • Gain an understanding of current educational practice as it applies to the work of teaching artists across disciplines;
  • Work with professionals to develop their ideas for arts education programs as applied to their own artist practices;
  • Discuss what works with a diverse group of artists and educators at different points in their careers, with focus on a variety of disciplines in the visual and performing arts;
  • Explore a variety of ways to present themselves and build a professional teaching artist practice in Alaska;
  • Earn a certificate of completion to add to their professional qualifications.

*Cost: $50 for all sessions (includes lunch on Saturday, February 16th, light refreshments during other sessions, and all printed materials) A limited number of scholarships for those unable to afford the workshop fee are available. Please ask about these opportunities when you contact us.

  • Friday, February 15 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Keynote Presentation and Session Introduction with workshop leaders B. Hutton (Independent Teaching Artist) and Laura Forbes (ASCA Arts in Education Program Director)
  • Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information and to register for the Anchorage Teaching Artist Academy contact Laura Forbes at (907) 269-6682 or

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