Become a professional Teaching Artist!  

In order to become a Teaching Artist eligible for residencies in the Juneau School District, an artist must be accepted onto the Juneau Teaching Artist Roster through an application process which requires completion of the Teaching Artists Academy.

The Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR), coordinated by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, provides eligibility for statewide residency work.  To find more information and review eligibility, go to for details and more information.

Guidelines for applying to the STAR. 

About the Teaching Artist Academy:

During this workshop series artists learn how to work effectively with students of all ages in varied settings in Juneau and, potentially, elsewhere in Alaska. Each workshop features expert teachers, administrators, and consultants who share knowledge, skills, and techniques. Topics include:

  • Current brain research on why the arts are important, and how they tap into brain functioning like no other discipline
  • Preparing a lesson plan
  • Integrating the school’s curriculum and the Alaska education standards
  • Engaging and managing a classroom full of students
  • Effectively communicating with the schools before, during, and after a residency
  • Developing strategies to teach to all students with developmental differences
  • Effectively communicating with the schools before, during, and after a residency

The workshop series typically involves 5-6 sessions and up to 15 hours total. As a part of the workshop, participants may observe a class in a school, write a lesson plan, and teach their lesson to a group of students.

Past Teaching Artist Academy Facilitators in Juneau include:

  • Ryan Conarro – Teaching Artist, Actor, Director
  • Lynn Williams – Former Juneau teacher, Consultant. Presidential Award winner for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. Grinder State Associate for Non-Verbal Classroom Management.
  • Lorrie Heagy – Glacier Valley Music Teacher/JAMM Director- 2011 National Teacher of the Year, 2017 Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Alaska Southeast
  • Annie Calkins – Alaska State Council on the Arts Special Projects Coordinator for Arts Education.
  • Roblin Davis– Teaching Artist, Actor, Director


How much does it cost?

The cost for the Academy is $90 per participant.

When will it be offered?

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (Arts Council) hosts the Teaching Artist Academy annually with interest.   

If you are interested, please fill out the online form at the link below:

Teaching Artists Academy Interest Form

How do I sign up?

Registration information will be posted on this page when an academy is scheduled.  If you have filled out the interest form above, you will be notified of an upcoming academy.   

Explore the Alaska State Council on the Arts website: The AIS Teaching Artist Guide located on this site provides a full description of the program.



Sessions:  July 24-27 8:30-12:25 (Monday-Thursday), July 28 8:30-10:30 (Friday) . *8 am breakfast provided on Monday!

Bonus Catamaran Excursion:  July 30 8:30-2:30 (Sunday) to Berner's Bay with Tom Gamble as part of the UAS Indigenous Arts Institute

About 2017 Academy:

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, in coordination with Alaska Art Education Consortium and the University of Alaska: Southeast  combined the Teaching Artists Academy with AAEC's Basic & Beyond Arts Institute, week one, followed by UAS' inaugural year of ‘The Rainforest Series,'  week two,  Indigenous Arts Embody Living History.

A unique opportunity for all levels of teaching artists, to make connections and learn with local certified teachers enrolled in the Basic & Beyond!  Teachers and artists draw upon one another's knowledge to create arts integrated lesson plans ready to be taught in classrooms. 

If you are a professional artist who is interested in teaching your art form to school-aged students in a classroom setting, participation in the annual professional development opportunity will be required to qualify for placement on local and state Teaching Artist Rosters, and be qualified for in-school residency contracts in Juneau and other Alaskan communities.  JAHC hosts the Artists In Schools program through grant funding from the Alaska State Council on the Arts  which provides school matching grants to contract for residencies from artists listed on the rosters. 

General Information for 2017:

Academy Outline

Academy Schedule

2-Step Registration Process:

Step 1:    2017 Teaching Artists Academy Registration Form

Step 2:   Teaching Artists Academy Online Payment Link

More questions? Contact Jen!, or 907-586-2703

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