Apply to the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster. Please read all content below before beginning your application. We recommend you review the full application prior to beginning and estimate it will take approximately three hours to complete pending preparation of all requested materials. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on August 11, 2023.

Note: The relationship between the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster, its partner organizations and in-school collaborators, and each artist/ensemble is that of an independent contractor. Artists provide their own meals and means of transportation for each scheduled program and all artist/ensemble fees, supplies and materials fees must be negotiated and approved in conjunction with individual partner organizations and schools when planning programs. The Ohio Teaching Artist Roster cannot guarantee that you and/or your ensemble will receive a specific number of scheduled programs or a minimum level of income in any given time period.

The Ohio Teaching Artist Roster is committed to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and inclusion in all aspects of this project. This project does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, visible or hidden disability, socio-economic status, or veteran status. Teaching artists and project participants work with a wide variety of students and adults and are encouraged to take this into consideration and be supportive and mindful of different needs.

Accessibility features were prioritized during the project’s development and are part of ongoing maintenance. If you cannot access any part of this project, please email Jarred Small, arts learning coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council, at or call 614-728-4481 for assistance.

A number of resources have been compiled to assist interested teaching artists in submitting a successful application. Please spend some time reviewing the below materials as you prepare to begin your application.

  1. Applications will be reviewed and scored using this scoring rubric. Applicants should refer to this rubric while crafting responses, paying particular attention to the various attributes and their component descriptions.
  2. How to Prepare an Exemplary Application is a webinar walk-through of the various components of the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster online application form. Tips, tricks, and model suggestions are provided from nationally-recognized expert teaching artist, Emma Parker, on the ins and outs of what makes for a successful teaching artist application and high-quality support materials.
  3. To assist applicants in creating or adapting a lesson plan or other curricular material to submit as part of the application, partner organizations have created a residency/lesson plan template that includes crucial content elements that should be part of your sample curricular submission.
  4. Documenting Your Classroom Experience is a webinar overviewing teaching artist portfolio development as an integral part of documenting experiences with students and educators. In the webinar, Ohio teaching artist, Jerzy Drozd, covers matters ranging from student evaluations and teaching artist philosophy statements to visual elements such as photos and video samples in pursuit of presenting effective and meaningful classroom documentation.

This roster is open to teaching artists living in the state of Ohio. To apply for inclusion in the roster, artists are required to complete and submit the below application by 5 p.m. on August 11, 2023. Applications will then be vetted and reviewed by partner organizations and other community members. Some applications may require in-person observations prior to final approval.

Annually, artists will be required to complete a roster update and participate in annual professional development provided by partner organizations or demonstrate previously-approved equivalent training. There is no fee to apply to the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster, but some fees may be applied for professional development prerequisites.

  • May 1, 2023 – application available
  • August 11, 2023 – application deadline (by 5:00 PM)
  • August 2023 – application review and status notification
  • September 2023 – online roster updates
  • July 1, 2024 – annual roster updates due for existing teaching artists

Please familiarize yourself with the three main program formats encouraged. This roster welcomes teaching artists who provide at least one of these three types of programs:

  • Performance programs may be a combination of performance and discussion with opportunities for student participation throughout. Performance programs may sometimes have large audiences. Participation may consist of discussion with audience members, direct involvement with performance activities, and opportunities for reflection and informal assessments.
  • Workshops typically involve smaller groups (usually 30 or fewer students) due to the hands-on nature of instruction and are generally 45-60 minutes in length, though many alternatives are possible. Workshops provide opportunities for artists to have frequent, one-on-one interaction with students. Materials/content of program must be organized to fit into the class period, with flexibility to handle questions, etc. Please note that workshops are not lectures, but hands-on, active learning opportunities to experience an art form and reinforce academic goals by creating.
  • Residencies are defined as three or more contacts with the same group of students that incorporate scaffolded arts activities. Residencies emphasize the importance of participatory activities and process-driven lessons that build on each other. They are longer-term, more sustained arts instruction that may include a final performance or visual/digital arts product and exhibition and incorporate opportunities for school, community, and parent engagement. The success of residencies is measured through formal student and teacher assessments against planned artistic and academic outcomes.

The Ohio Department of Education describes standards as “the knowledge and skills that students should attain, often called the ‘what’ of ‘what students should know and be able to do.’ They indicate the ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning, and investigating as well as important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas, and knowledge essential to the academic area of study.”

Teaching artists must have a commitment to providing artistic programming that is relevant to the educational goals of the schools and communities in which they participate. School principals, district administrators, and sponsoring organizations often require that programs taking place during the school day demonstrate relevance to a particular set of learning standards.

As educators, teaching artists should be familiar with Ohio’s Fine Arts Learning Standards for their arts discipline and recognize that each local school district determines which learning standards, Ohio’s or otherwise, it chooses to adopt. Additionally, the National Core Arts Standards exist as another option which schools and teaching artists may utilize to shape student learning and achievement in the arts.

Arts integration is a teaching approach that blends standards-based learning in one or more arts disciplines with standards-based learning in one or more other subject areas to create interdependent lessons that foster skills development, understanding, and appreciation of the art and non-art subjects concurrently.

Teaching artists are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with content standards in other areas such as English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies.

NOTE: Your responses to all questions and prompts on each page of the following web form are required; incomplete submissions will not be accepted. It is recommended that applicants first write their responses to questions into a word processor (e.g., Microsoft Word) and then transfer responses to the below web form pages when ready for submission. A Microsoft Word-formatted version of the full online application form can be accessed by clicking here.

To save your application and return to it later, use the “save and continue later” button at the bottom of the web form. You will then be prompted to enter an email address to which a unique link of your application will be sent. You must save your application each time you’d like to update it. Your application can be saved for up to 30 days and accessed from any computer. Single-file uploads, such as your headshot and resume files, will not be saved.

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