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ArtistYear - AmeriCorps Resident Teaching Artist

*NOTE: We accept applications on a rolling basis and review applications on pooled deadlines throughout the year. Our final deadline is June 2nd, 2023. Please apply directly on Handshake!

*Do YOU have a passion for the arts and serving communities?
Pursuing a service year in the arts may be the right choice for you!
*Why ArtistYear?
At ArtistYear we train & place exceptional arts graduates as Resident Teaching Artists (RTAs) to address inequities in creative learning at K-12 schools across the nation.
What is the role of a Resident Teaching Artist (RTA)?
RTAs represent all artistic disciplines. An ArtistYear AmeriCorps RTA is dedicated to the highest level of artistic excellence, possesses a deep commitment to service, and believes in the artistic potential of every child.
ArtistYear RTAs work alongside a faculty member at their school placement. Each placement relationship looks different depending on the region served, placement school, and the personality match and communication between an RTA and the faculty member they are assigned.
An ArtistYear RTA’s role is to enter into a school community and provide arts instruction or exposure where it may be lacking. RTAs have the opportunity to fill in the gaps in a unique way outside of the parameters of being a teacher or a sub.
In addition to providing youth-centered arts experiences each day, RTAs also act as “capacity builders” for a school’s emerging arts program, supporting existing arts specialists or school leadership with arts partner cultivation, arts field trip preparations, and arts resource procurement.
What does service look like?
Once trained, RTAs collaborate with their service site to expand and deepen arts offerings via:
  • Partnering with teachers to enhance arts instruction in the general classroom setting. 
  • Arts Clubs
  • Pull-out instruction with small groups of students
  • Arts Integration in Core Academic Subjects
  • School-wide arts initiatives. 
What is an RTA’s role and responsibilities? 
As an ArtistYear RTA responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • A full-time (40 hours) service week in a Title I funded school, inclusive of:
  • Direct teaching and school common-time hours
  • Communication, meeting, planning, and preparation hours
  • Student performance or exhibition hours
  • Full attendance and participation in all training and professional development requirements for school site and ArtistYear
  • Designing and teaching standards-based aligned arts education that supports school culture and goals, as well as ArtistYear’s standards.
  • On-time submission of all required timesheets and data collection reports. 
  • Design and execute arts instruction and activities that encourage student social-emotional growth.
  • Prepare and execute required Community Arts Events (minimum of one per year) 
  • Regular communication, meetings and collaboration with school staff members and the ArtistYear leadership. 
  • Complete required documentation and records for school site and ArtistYear.
  • Receive and implement regular and supportive feedback from ArtistYear leadership and/or school site supervisor on performance.
Where can you serve?
ArtistYear serves in:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRIORITY AREA - PLEASE APPLY!)

  • Central North Carolina (PRIORITY AREA - PLEASE APPLY!)

  • Washington D.C: new partnership with the Earth Conservation Corps (PRIORITY AREA - PLEASE APPLY!)

  • New York City (slots almost full)

  • Denver, Colorado (slots almost full)

Who are we looking for?
We look for applicants who possess the following characteristics:
  • Dedication to the highest level of artistic excellence, deep commitment to service and belief in the artistic potential of every child.
  • Aptitude for organization, self-motivation, and problem-solving;
  • Ability to remain flexible and manage changing priorities and demands on time;
  • Exceptional judgment:
  • Interpersonal maturity, compassion, and wisdom;
  • Respect for individuals’ and diverse experiences;
  • Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • Effective communication:
  • Easily engages others and demonstrates genuine interest in the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others;
  • Comfortable with public speaking, writing, preparing presentations and/or speeches;
  • Possesses the ability to actively listen.

What are the RTA benefits?
ArtistYear supports the professional development and personal growth of each RTA throughout the year of service. These benefits include:
  • A monthly living stipend of $2,083 (pre-taxed).
  • An educational award of $6,495 following successful completion of your service year.
  • Federal school loan forbearance during your ArtistYear.
  • A stipend to cover health insurance equivalent to the Bronze Level on the Health Insurance Marketplace if not already covered by an existing policy.
  • Regular professional development/training opportunities in classroom management, child development, teaching artistry, creativity, arts education, and civic engagement.
  • Mentoring: on-site in your school assignment and through off-site sessions.
  • Opportunities for external networking within your service community, collaboration with arts professionals, ArtistYear staff, and program alumni. 
  • Obtain critical skills in the domains of communication, conflict resolution, project design, and self-advocacy.  
  • Build supportive meaningful relationships with ArtistYear colleagues and your students through the arts


Applicants to ArtistYear must be:
  • A graduate of an accredited college or university by July 1, 2023.
  • Associate's Degree, Bachelor's degree, or higher.
  • Highly skilled in their artistic craft, holding a degree in an artistic field or having a comparable combination of education and experience in their artistic field. 
  • For example: Art history, art therapy, creative writing, dance, digital media, fashion design, fine arts, piano, photography, screenwriting, filmmaking, music composition, music education, theater, viola, etc.
  • U.S. citizenship, national, or legal resident.
  • Due to the hiring restrictions as an AmeriCorps program, ArtistYear may only accept applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents
  • Able to dedicate up to 12-months to a full-time national service year.
  • Able to successfully pass all necessary background checks and clearances for working with youth.

APPLICATION PROCESS & REQUIREMENTSThe RTA application requirements include:
  • Personal essay
  • Artistic representation via video or portfolio sample
  • Two recommendations
  • Interviews (conducted via Zoom)

We accept applications on a rolling basis. They will be reviewed in pooled groups on the following dates:
DEC 1, 2022 – 1st Pool Deadline
FEB 8, 2023 – 2nd Pool Deadline
APR 14, 2023 – 3rd Pool Deadline
JUNE 1, 2023 – 4th Pool Deadline

*Please Note: ArtistYear highly encourages all members to be vaccinated regardless of service site location. If you are serving within a school district that implements a vaccine mandate at any point during your service year, you will be required to comply by getting vaccinated and providing proof of your vaccination. You WILL NOT be eligible to serve if you do not comply with your school district's vaccine mandate.

ArtistYear provides equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.