The Teaching Artist Studio
Teaching Artist Aaron Nigel Smith leads cohort members in song making activity
Teaching Artist Aaron Nigel Smith leads cohort members in song making activity

Application Timeline

Tues, Aug 1, 2023 Application cycle opens
Sun, Sept 3, 2023 Applications due
Mon, Sept 11, 2023 Notification of accepted participants

Calendar Overview


November-December 2023

(Final Session April 2024)

Daily work will include group discussions, arts activities, analysis, and presentations from guest speakers and panelists relating to the multi-faceted work of a teaching artist. There will be one to two hours of work outside of the group meetings each week.

10 am-3 pm with 1 hour offline lunch break


January 2023-March 2023

Small groups will meet 3-5 times in-person locally around Oregon to reflect on concepts from the core course and further develop your teaching practice. Meetings will be supported by Lane Arts (Eugene), Arts East (La Grande), Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (Newport), Arts in Education in the Gorge (Hood River) and Arts for Learning NW (Portland Metro, Bend). Specific times and dates for sub-cohort meetings will be determined by the group.


January-March 2024

For this optional portion of the program, participants may propose an area of their work in the TA Studio to research and develop further. The intended result will be the development of a new (or revised) lesson plan, and the opportunity to test it on a group of young learners. These teaching artists will receive one-on-one mentoring with mentors from the state-wide partner organization staff, as well as feedback on one of their classroom days.

Program Schedule


Core Cohort Sessions: All dates below are virtual (Zoom) meeting days from 10 am to 3 pm. Times include an hour offline lunch break.

     Thursday, November 2nd: The Reasons We Teach

     Friday, November 3rd: Focusing Our Work

     Friday, November 10th: Lesson Design Strategies

     Friday, November 17th: Authentic Assessment

     Friday, December, 1stBuilding Learning Environments

     Thursday, December 7th: Making Learning Visible

     Friday, December 8th: Reflecting Forward 


Small Group Meetings and Studio Residency (January-March)


Final Session: Friday, April 12th: Final session: Reflection, Synthesis, Celebration (Zoom, 10 am-3 pm)

The 2021-22 Teaching Artist Studio Cohort
The 2021-22 Teaching Artist Studio Cohort
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