Become an Artist in the Schools!

Fairbanks Arts is seeking artists of all disciplines to join Fairbanks’ Artists-in-Schools (AIS) Program. The AIS program matches artists to schools for several weeks of artistic residency within the FNSBSD each academic year. The AIS program is funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts & Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and is administered by Fairbanks Arts Association on behalf of FNSBSD. AIS residencies are active studies that span traditional and contemporary art forms including music, dance, traditional Alaska Native art, media and digital arts, visual arts, literary art and drama.

Fairbanks Arts suggests reading the 2015-16 Fairbanks Arts & Cultural Education (FACE) Handbook  to become familiar with the Artists-in-Schools program to see if it is a right fit for you. In order to become an eligible AIS artist, the following criteria must be met:

  • Artist must complete a Teaching Artist Academy. These sessions are currently offered once a year. Please know that all sessions in an Academy must be attended in order to receive certification.
  • Artist must submit all application materials.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the Fairbanks Arts Education Coordinator.

The 2016 Teaching Artist Training Academy will be held:

Saturday, September 10th from 10 am – 3:30 pm

Location: FNSBSD Art Center Office in Ryan Middle School (2nd Floor), 1450 Cowles St.

Sunday, September 11th from 10 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery

(3rd Floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Rd.)

What is the Teaching Artists Training Academy?

* Professional development for area artists to qualify for inclusion on the local AIS roster. This training is also a requirement in applying 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.

  Lunch 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.

Can’t attend the 2016 Teaching Artist Academy but wish to be notified about future dates? Sign up to be contacted regarding the 2017 Teaching Artist Academy.

 Questions? Please email