How to Become a Teaching Artist for the Artists in Schools Program

Mary Maisch at Denali
Students at Denali Elementary created whimsical birds with artist Mary Maisch.

Fairbanks Arts suggests reading the 2017-18 FACE Artists in Schools Handbook to become familiar with the Artists in Schools (AIS) program to see if it is the right fit for you. In order to become an eligible artist for the AIS program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Artist must complete a Teaching Artist Training. These sessions are currently offered once a year. Please know that you must attend all sessions in the Training in order to receive certification.
  • Artist must submit all necessary application materials.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the FAA Education Coordinator.


 What is the Teaching Artist Training?

  • 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. Discussion topics 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.


Sign up to be contacted regarding the 2018 Teaching Artist Training.

 Questions? Please email or call 456-6485 ext. 222.

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