The Teaching Artist Roster is a listing of professional artists and arts educators who are available to work with schools and community organizations in developing strategies for using the arts in a variety of settings. Minigrant funds are available from MAC to schools and organizations to support presentations, workshops or residencies by these artists.

Teaching Artists work at a professional level within their artistic discipline, but have also made arts education a central component in their work. They have developed their skills as educators along with their artistic skills. Teaching artists can work in a variety of settings, including schools, youth arts programs and community centers, and with professional arts organizations.

Following are MAC’s main goals for members of the Teaching Artist Roster:

  • Provide arts learning opportunities that align with the Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks developed by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)
  • Make connections between the arts and MDE’s K-12 Academic Content Standards
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers or arts education committees
  • Work with both teachers (through professional development) and students (through arts integrated, hands-on lessons)
  • Support efforts to integrate arts learning with other subject areas
  • Assist school staff in continuing arts education programming in the absence of an arts teacher through sharing strategies, techniques, and curricula

Membership in the Teaching Artist Roster provides artists a way to promote themselves to schools and arts organizations around the state. Artists who are approved for the program are part of the listing for three years. Inclusion in the Teaching Artist Roster does not guarantee bookings within Mississippi schools. MAC does not promote individual artists on the Teaching Artist Roster or handle booking arrangements for them.

Application Deadline: March 1

Please note: With the implementation of our new eGRANT system, MAC will no longer accept paper applications. Instructions on how to register and utilize the eGRANT system are available here. Applicants may register now, but applications will only be available and accepted beginning on February 1, 2018. To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted and authorized by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2018.

Before submitting an application, MAC recommends you thoroughly read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Please Note: The Teaching Artist Roster and the Artist Roster are distinct programs. Artists who are interested in being included on both listings must submit separate applications for each program.

Who May Apply

You may apply to the Teaching Artist Roster if you are:

  • a professional artist or arts educator. Individuals are considered to be a professional artist or arts educator if they
    • earn at least part of their annual income working with educators and others showing how their art form may be used to enhance learning and teaching;
    • consider their artistic work a career;
    • maintain a high level of artistic quality; and
    • make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance, and instruction;
  • not a full-time student; and
  • more than 18 years of age.

Please note: Unlike other MAC programs, applicants to the Teaching Artist Roster are not required to be residents of Mississippi.

Review Criteria

Applications to the Teaching Artist Roster are reviewed using the following criteria:

1. Artistic & Teaching Abilities (40 points)

The Applicant:

  • Exhibits a high level of artistic ability
  • Demonstrates experience working in a preK-12 school setting, with teachers and administrators as well as students
  • Shows the ability to develop lesson plans that integrate the arts into non-arts curriculum that align with MDE’s Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks
  • Introduces the vocabulary, concepts, strategies and techniques of their artistic discipline through their work with schools and community organizations

2. Leadership & Communication Skills (30 points)

The Applicant:

  • Is able to present information effectively to different types of education audiences (students, teachers, or members of community groups)
  • Has experience guiding teachers, administrators and community groups in developing their own arts education programs
  • Demonstrates the ability to make connections between the arts and other content areas

3. Planning & Organizational Abilities (30 points)

The Applicant:

  • Has experience in collaborating with clients to develop different types of projects
  • Makes efficient use of limited contact time with teachers or students
  • Provides potential school clients with a thorough set of pre and post-visit materials

Training Requirement

Applicants approved for the Teaching Artist Roster are part of the listing for three years. In order to be eligible to re-apply for the Roster, Teaching Artists must participate in at least one professional development activity during their three years with the program. Acceptable training activities include:

  • a training or workshop specifically for teaching artists;
  • a conference related to arts education or the artist’s specific discipline; or
  • another professional experience that improves your work as a teaching artist

Evaluation Requirements

Applicants to the Teaching Artist Roster must include reference forms completed by four different individuals as part of their application. These individuals must be familiar with your work as a teaching artist. References could include a teacher that the artist worked with at a school or an administrator who hired the artist to conduct a workshop for teachers.

Schools that receive MAC grant funds to support work by a member of the Teaching Artist Roster are required to submit an evaluation of the artist as a part of their final reporting requirements for the grant. Copies of the evaluations are placed in the files of Teaching Artists and are made available to the review panel when the artist reapplies for the program.

Re-Application To The Roster

Teaching Artists must re-apply to the Roster every three years. The re-application process is the same as the initial application process with the addition of documentation of professional development that you attended.

Responsibilities Of Artists

Applicants who are approved for the Teaching Artist Roster are required to provide MAC with their current contact information. They are responsible for securing and arranging their own bookings, as well as providing presenters with adequate publicity materials. Teaching Roster artists should be familiar with MAC’s grant programs guidelines in order to inform potential presenters about them.

Responsibilities Of MAC

MAC updates the Teaching Artist Roster annually. It produces a printed version of the listing and posts it on the agency website. MAC does provide advisory assistance to schools that are looking for an artist to meet a programming need, but it does not actively promote or seek bookings for individual Roster Artists.

How To Apply

Apply online using MAC’s eGRANT system. Mailed, faxed or emailed applications are not accepted.

The application will require submission of the following documents through the eGRANT system:

  • Narrative (two-page maximum) in which you describe:
    • Your work as an artist and your development as a teaching artist (What got you interested in working with schools? How have you developed your teaching artist skills?).
    • Your experience working with students and teachers
    • The specific services you can provide to schools, including consultations, training workshops, residencies, lectures, or coaching.
    • How your artistic discipline can be used to teach skills in different content areas of the pre-K-12 curriculum, such as language arts, mathematics, social studies or science. Note the concepts that help facilitate these connections.
    • Provide details on your technical requirements for your work in schools (for example, stage size or sound system required).
  • Your current artistic resumé. This document should detail your work as a professional artist only (including work as a teaching artist). Please include information on arts-related education (college level or other advanced training) as well as teaching artist training you have received. Do not include information about your non-arts work. Applicants who are re-applying to the Teaching Artist Roster must include information in their resume on the teaching artist training that they attended during the past three years (required for all artists re-applying to the Teaching Artist Roster).
  • Two Sample Lesson Plans:
    1. An arts-integrated plan (no more than two pages in length) for a student group. The lesson should clearly reveal what you want the students to know both in the arts discipline and the subject content area. Follow the format of the sample lesson plan when creating your plan.2. A plan for a teacher’s professional development workshop. It should be no longer than two pages. Follow the format of the sample professional development workshop on the Teaching Artist Roster page of the MAC website when creating your plan. The workshop should model arts integration strategies that can be utilized by a teacher or community member.
  • A list of your previous work in schools, including date(s), name of school, type of activity, and age groups with which you worked. Please note if any of these past activities were funded through MAC grants.
  • Teaching Artist Reference forms (download from the top of the page) completed by four different teachers or administrators who are familiar with the applicant’s work as a teaching artist. The reference must send their form in separately to MAC.
  • Appropriate samples of the applicant’s work as an artist (see the list below for details on what to submit). The samples must have been completed within the last three years.
  • A list that describes the artistic work samples. These descriptions should include the titles and completion dates of each sample. Also include the medium and the approximate dimensions of each work (if appropriate for the art form).
  • A digital promotional image of the applicant. The image should be high quality and suitable for printing in the Roster booklet.
  • A document containing the required information for the Teaching Artist Handbook. This includes your contact information, a short bio, and a description of the type of workshop and programs you offer.

Work Samples

  • Literary Artists: 10-15 pages of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, playwriting (original or adaptation), or a screenplay completed within the last three years. If your submitted work sample is an excerpt from a longer work, you may include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole. Published work must be submitted in typed manuscript rather than published form. The sample must be formatted using a 12-point font size and one inch margins on all sides of the page.
  • Media Artists: Three copies of a DVD with 5-10 minutes of excerpts of your work completed within the last three years. The list of work samples should include, for each excerpt, the title, length, date completed, technique, original format, genre (documentary, experimental, etc.) and the specific role of the applicant in creating the submitted work.
  • Performing Artists: Three copies of a DVD or CD containing 5-10 minutes of representative work completed within the last three years. Musicians should include at least three songs in their sample. On the list of work samples indicate the title, names of the artist(s), date, and location of recording. Please note: storytellers, actors, dancers and other theatrical artists are required to submit their samples on DVD.
  • Visual Artists: One set of digital images that feature six different samples of work completed within the last three years. The images should be saved in JPEG format at 72dpi, with no image wider than 1240 pixels. They should be saved on a CD-R disc with each image numbered to correspond with the work sample listing. Only the required images should be included on the CD-R. They should not be saved as part of a presentation program file (like PowerPoint).
  • Arts Educators: Three copies of a DVD with 5-10 minutes of the applicant actively engaging a classroom of learners in your arts discipline. The presentation should reflect your submitted lesson plan.

Return Of Work Samples

For applicants submitting work samples through the mail, please notate on the disc case whether or not you would like it returned. Applicants who want their work samples returned by mail must send a self-addressed mailer with sufficient postage attached to it. Work samples may also be picked up July 1st through 31st at MAC’s office during regular business hours. Please make arrangements with the program director managing your application before visiting MAC’s office. All work samples will be discarded after July 31st if no instructions are given for their return.

Application Timeline

January 15, 2018 – Draft Application Deadline (if submitting a draft)

March 1, 2018 – Teaching Artist Roster application deadline

April 2018 – Review of applications by the grant panel (the specific panel date will be available by late March. Applicants are allowed to attend panels.)

June 2018 – MAC Board meets and makes final funding decisions on all applications

July 2, 2018 – Applicants are notified whether their application was funded or not. No information on the grants (including whether or not an applicant will be receiving an award or the amount of the award) will be available from MAC prior to this date.

For more information about the Teaching Artist Roster, please contact Charlotte Smelser, Arts Education Program Director at 601.359.6037 or