Become a professional Teaching Artist and qualify for residency in an Alaska school!

Professional Development Opportunities:

Current offerings noted on our Education Blog!

Artists-as-Educators Series        

 Register for Artist Seminar Series HERE!

In partnership with The Kennedy Center and Any Given Child Juneau, annual opportunities for Teaching Artists to develop their skills in arts integration and artist residency leadership will be offered through sponsorship by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Arts Integration Series:

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration is a one-day seminar that examines a comprehensive definition for arts integration, principals for how students learn, and how the philosophy and practice of arts integration is supported by current theories about learning. Participation establishes a shared understanding among teaching artists about the definition and practice of arts integration.

Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students, a two-day seminar, is designed to help teaching artists and arts educators develop their skills in planning arts-integrated residencies for students. The seminar's work guides participants to create a Residency Plan, a detailed document describing various aspects of their residency.

Anatomy of a Lesson: Designing Instruction is a one-day seminar that examines the impact of lesson design on teaching effectiveness and student learning.  In this seminar, teaching artists identify the components of effective lessons, see them reflected in a lesson template, and apply their new understandings to plans for their own teaching. Participants examine the steps of their own instruction to plan ways to better facilitate student learning.

Teaching Artist Academy

How does an artist become a Teaching Artist?

In order to become a Teaching Artist, an artist must be accepted onto the Alaska State Teaching Artist Roster, if interested in state-wide eligibility, which requires completion of the Teaching Artists Academy.

An artist may choose to only be accepted onto the Juneau Teaching Artist Roster to qualify for local Juneau School District residencies through the Artists In Schools local program.  Completion of the Teaching Artists Academy is required for the local roster as well.


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 about:

  • Current brain research on why the arts are important, and how they tap into brain functioning like no other discipline
  • how to prepare a lesson plan
  • how to integrate a lesson plan with the school’s curriculum and the Alaska education standards
  • how to engage and manage a classroom full of students
  • how to communicate with the schools before, during, and after a residency

As a part of the workshop, participants 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/Librarian - Juneau. 2011 Alaska State Teacher of the Year.
  • Annie Calkins – Alaska State Council on the Arts Special Projects Coordinator for Arts Education.
  • Roblin Davis– Teaching Artist, Actor, Director

The workshop series typically runs for 6 weeks and involves 5 sessions; with substantial interest from artists outside of Juneau we can restructure it to minimize travel costs.


How much does it cost?

The cost for the Academy is $70 per participant.


How do I sign up?

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

We are gauging local interest and rural community interest in order to structure the Academy.  Please contact Jen at the Arts Council at 907.586.2703 or email her at, and let her know:

  • Your level of interest
  • Your community of residence
  • Your art form to teach
  • What school(s) you would be interested in gaining residency with?
  • If you want to earn UAS credit for the academy (subject to changes)

Feel free to contact Jen with any further questions, or 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.

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