Applications from artists are now being accepted by Young Audiences for the annual Teaching Artist Institute. The professional development program trains artists to develop and teach arts and arts-integration programming in Maryland schools. Applications are being accepted until May 1. The program begins in June 6.

The Teaching Artist Institute, managed by Young Audiences and created in partnership with the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), gives artists a unique opportunity to expand their creative impact by collaborating with teachers to integrate their art forms into students’ education – both in arts and a variety of curriculum. Artists accepted into the Institute will be paired with a teacher and a teaching artist mentor to design and implement an in-school residency. They will field test the residency at the teacher’s school and have the opportunity to be considered for paid teaching artist positions through Young Audiences or the Maryland State Arts Council Artist in Residence Roster.

Pam Negrin, fiber artist, participated in the Teaching Artist Institute in 2014 and spoke about her transformational experience: “TAI gave me such an appreciation for the life of the classroom teacher. Field-testing my lessons with my teaching partner gave me real world practice in collaboration, classroom management, solid preparation and flexibility.”

The Teaching Artists Institute includes training in classroom management, state curriculum and standards, educator needs and writing. Artists will participate in a 3-day residential retreat, 3 follow up workshops and a 4-day pilot residency between June, 2017 and March, 2018. TAI participants will also have the chance to participate in the Progressive Education Summit in Baltimore on January 27, 2018. Tuition (including a $30 application fee) is $380. Early bird applications are accepted until March 31, with a reduced tuition of $300.

“It is deeply concerning that the arts have been squeezed out of the school day, leaving so many of our young people without access to artists, let alone rich cultural institutions in our city. At Young Audiences, we see artists and the creative process as a catalyst for inspiration in classrooms and across curriculum,” said Stacie Sanders, Young Audiences Executive Director. “The Teaching Artist Institute is the first step in helping these artists succeed in this role of exposing our students to the arts.”


To learn more about the Teaching Artist Institute and apply, visit


About Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Young Audiences is the nation’s largest arts-in-education provider and started in Baltimore in 1950. As a Young Audiences affiliate, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning (YA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs for more than 65 years. Each year, YA reaches more than 190,000 students through over 7,000 arts learning experiences by partnering professional artists from all disciplines with schools throughout Maryland for hands-on arts learning experiences. We envision a Maryland where the arts are valued for their capacity to transform lives, and where every student is immersed in opportunities to imagine, to create, and to realize their full potential through the arts. For more information, contact YA at 410-837-7577 or visit