How to Become an AIS Artist

Fairbanks Arts suggests reading the 2016-17 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 artist for the AIS program, 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 AIS application-materials list for 2016-17.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the FAA education coordinator.

Stay Tuned for dates for the 2017 Teaching Artist Training Academy!

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.

  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

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