Become a CAL Teaching Artist

Join the CAL Teaching Artist Roster

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning! Our roster of artists is carefully selected, with artists/ensembles chosen on the basis of artistic excellence, the ability to integrate academic content, effective classroom management and student engagement, strong communication with partners, and the overall needs of our roster.

Please familiarize yourself with the three main program formats offered by CAL:

  • Performance programs are 45 minutes in length (pre-school programs are 30 minutes in length) and are a blend of performance and discussion with opportunities for student participation throughout. Performance programs may have an audience of up to 300. Participation may consist of discussion with audience members, direct involvement with performance activities, and opportunities for reflection and informal assessments.
  • Workshops involve smaller groups (usually 30 or fewer students) and are generally 45 minutes to an hour in length. 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 3 or more contacts (usually 45 - 60 minutes in length) with the same group of students. Residencies make up a majority of the programming through CAL and most often can last 10 or more sessions. Residencies work toward a final performance or visual/digital arts product and include opportunities for school and parent engagement. The success of residencies is measured through formal student and teacher assessments against anticipated outcomes, artistic and academic.

The relationship between CAL and each artist/ensemble is that of an independent contractor. Artists provide their own means of transportation to each scheduled program and all supplies and materials fees must be negotiated and approved when scheduling program dates. CAL 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.

Teaching Artist Professional Development

Teaching Artists (TA’s) play a critical role in supporting short and long-term arts education experiences in classrooms and after-school programs. These two-career professionals are invited into schools, partner with educators, guide students through creative learning experiences, and include the community.

In 2016, CAL launched the Teaching Artist Professionalization Initiative, designed to create and implement a complete system to effectively prepare, professionalize, and recognize teaching artists’ unique skill sets. This program consists of a modular curriculum, a corresponding credentialing system that employs competency-based digital badging, and a framework for teaching artist’s development for arts-integration and classroom preparedness. Each module of the curriculum builds best practices and develops measurable outcomes for the preparation of teaching artists.

Next Steps

All participants who successfully complete each module and the corresponding assessment piece will be awarded a digital badge representing their knowledge and competency. A digital badge provides evidence of achievement as a result of participation and specific accomplishments completed during and after each module. Digital badges may be included in an online portfolio, Linkedin, resume's, and all social media platforms.

Register for a Professional Development session

Schedule of upcoming PD sessions:

Module Five

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10am-4pm
Studio 105 (1470 E. 105th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106
Cost: $50

Learn more

If at any point you have questions or would value observing Center for Arts-Inspired Learning artists at work, please contact Artistic Manager Emma Parker at 216.561.5005 x 23 or emma@arts-inspiredlearning.org.