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 2016-17 FACE 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 by the deadline: Friday,
    September 15, 2017 at 5 PM.  AIS application-materials list for 2017-18.
  • Artist must schedule interview with the FAA Education Coordinator.


2017 Teaching Artist Training
For Artists In Schools Program

Saturday, September 9, 10am-3:30pm

Location: FNSBSD Art Center, Ryan Middle School, 1450 Cowles St., Fairbanks, AK 99701

Sunday, September 10, 10am-3:30pm

Location: Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts),
Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

 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.

Lunch will be provided at both sessions.

Registration Information

Contact: or 456-6485 x 222

Cost: $50. You can pay by credit card online below or pay in person by check (please make check out to Fairbanks Arts Association), cash, or credit card.

Please submit the registration form below in advance, even if you decide to pay the registration fee in person.

Participants must attend the entire Teaching Artist Training to receive the completion certificate and become eligible for participation in the Artists in Schools program.

Can’t attend the 2017 Teaching Artist Training but wish to be notified about future dates? Sign up to be contacted regarding the 2018 Teaching Artist Training.

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


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