How to Become an AIS Artist

FAA suggests reading the 2014-2015 FACE Handbook to become familiar with the AIS program 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 a Teaching Artist Academy. These sessions are currently offered once each fall and spring. Please know that all sessions must be attended in order to receive certification.
  • Artist must submit all application materials.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the FAA education coordinator.

The dates for the next Fairbanks Teaching Artist Academy are:

Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 AM- 3:30 PM. Art Center in Ryan Middle School (951 Airport Way)

Sunday, Aug. 23, 10 AM- 3:30 PM. Bear Gallery (3rd Floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way)

  Lunch to be provided at both sessions   Registration Info: Contact: or 456-6485 x 222 Cost: $50. Checks made out to Fairbanks Arts Association, Cash or Credit Cards are accepted. *Participants must attend entirety of the Teaching Artist Academy  to receive completion certificate & become eligible for participation in the AIS program.


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 course to equip you to work effectively in Fairbanks classrooms and beyond. *Advice on how to negotiate contracts, market yourself as a teaching artist and how to join the Alaska State Teaching Artist Roster (AK STAR) 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.

Print 2015 Teaching Artist Academy Information


Would you like to receive information about upcoming teaching artist academies? You could be an Artist in the Schools beginning the 2015-16 academic year!

 Questions? Please email

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