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You’re invited to participate in the St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute!

The Institute is inspired by the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, a teaching practice that provides students with hands-on opportunities to explore and understand the arts through “imaginative learning." The approach begins with each student’s innate ability to respond to works of art – visual and performing – and invites them to challenge preconceived notions of what they see and understand – a skill that could transfer to the classroom and their daily lives.

The Teaching Artist Institute occurs one Saturday per month (excluding December) from September-March from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at the Regional Arts Commission. The 2019-2020 Institute dates are:

September 14, 2019
October 5, 2019
November 2, 2019
January 18, 2020
February 1, 2020
March 7, 2020
 
While the Teaching Artist Institute is of no cost to the participant, full attendance and engagement is expected. This is a program that builds on itself, so if you are not able to commit to 6 months of learning, this is not the program for you. There are a limited number of spots available, so your application will be reviewed and evaluated using a competitive process. If there are more applicants than spaces available, applicants may be asked to participate in an interview process. 

Please complete the application below to be considered for the St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute.

APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 at 11:59pm.

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* 1. Please provide your contact information.

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE
REQUIRED: All applicants must submit a current resume (or CV) that demonstrates your experience.

OPTIONAL: You may choose to include a portfolio or examples of your work, but it is not required.

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* 2. Upload your resume or CV (Required.)

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* 3. Upload your portfolio or samples of your work (not required.)

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* 4. How did you learn about the Teaching Artist Institute? Please be specific. If you learned about it from a friend or colleague, please share their name(s) with us.

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* 5. Please describe your experience as an artist. Please make sure to share what discipline(s) you work in. If you are able, please share a link to recent artwork samples.

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* 6. Describe your experience working with children in a learning environment.
*Please limit your response to 300 words.

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* 7. Why are you interested in dedicating your time and energy to participating in the Teaching Artist Institute? Be specific.

A) What do you expect to gain, personally, from the effort that you will invest in the training? (When you finish the Institute, what do you expect to be different for you?)
B) Why are you choosing to do this, when you could be doing something else?
C) What are your goals for your participation in the training?

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* 8. What do you hope to get out of participating in the Teaching Artist Institute?
*Please limit your response to 300 words.

Applicant's Commitment: Read and Sign
All applicants must make the following commitment and be able and willing to fulfill it should they be selected for this class. If you have a question or concern about the commitment or are unsure about your ability to fulfill it, contact us before you sign it. We will hold you to it. (Our contact information is located at the end of the application form.)

I understand that if I am selected for the 2019-20 St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute, my participation involves a commitment to attending all of the training sessions in their entirety, including on-time arrival, as well as actively participating in additional reading, assignments, team assignments, etc. I understand that, if selected, I share the responsibility for creating an open, collaborative, and constructive learning environment for all participants. I am willing and able to make the Teaching Artist Institute a top priority in my life and I understand that this may require me to turn down other opportunities that conflict with the Teaching Artist Institute-related classes, meetings, and homework assignments.

Teaching Artist Institute sessions will generally take place at the Regional Arts Commission building (6128 Delmar Blvd) and occasionally may be held at other locations in the St. Louis region. I am aware that absenteeism from class sessions, absenteeism from team meetings, and/or not completing the assignments may result in my being dropped from the program, so if I am unable to make this time commitment, I should not apply at this time.
The 2019-2020 Teaching Artist Institute dates are:

September 14, 2019
October 5, 2019
November 2, 2019
January 18, 2020
February 1, 2020
March 7, 2020

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* 9. By signing below and submitting my application, I affirm that I agree to the above commitment and that I am willing and able to fully commit to the Teaching Artist Institute if I am selected. 

Additional Details
About our selection process: Like most cohort-based training programs, we may receive more quality applications than available spots. That means that we might not be able to accept every individual who would be a good fit for the program. With this in mind, the Teaching Artist Institute follows an intentional selection process with the goal of assembling a well-balanced group. We encourage you to be yourself in your application and, if you find yourself in the position of not being part of this year’s TAI, we encourage you to consider applying again next time.

About our locations(s) and transportation: We recognize that transportation may be a limiting factor for some applicants so there will be an opportunity for the selected TAI participants to set up ride sharing or carpools with each other. In addition, the Regional Arts Commission building is located near many public transit options including the Delmar Metrolink station, which is also served by multiple bus lines.

If you have additional concerns, we’d be happy to discuss them with you. Please use the contact information below to reach us.
QUESTIONS? More information about the Teaching Artist Institute is available on our website or contact Sarah Frye at sarah@racstl.org or (314) 863-5811 x1014.
DEADLINE: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the application!


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