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The Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester is a professional development series for emerging and advanced teaching artists to expand their teaching practice and connect with a community of artists. This institute is open to artists of all disciplines, including but not limited to creative writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, multi-media artists, and theater artists living in or near the city of Rochester, NY.


With funding thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, Community-Word Project's Teaching Artist Project staff have created this training in partnership with arts community members from the Rochester area. The Institute's training curriculum is based on Community-Word Project's Creative Process exploration methods, teaching practices and arts-in-education philosophy developed over the last 23 years. The training is free for teaching artists and will run September-December. 


For this year's training, there are two tracks applicants may choose to apply for: Teaching Artistry 101 & Leadership in Teaching Artistry. The extended deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.


Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, part of this institute will be facilitated virtually. See application for full details. 



This track is for emerging teaching artists or artists who wish to become a teaching artist. Applicants do not need to have any prior experience teaching in order to participate. This year, the Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester will accept twenty-five participants for the program. Accepted participants will receive a small stipend for their participation. In this track, participants will:


  • Build a community of teaching artists to collaborate with

  • Participate in self-exploration of their craft and how that translates into the classroom

  • Learn to scaffold and develop lesson plans and curriculums to implement in their classrooms

  • Develop strong classroom facilitation skills 

  • Deepen their teaching with experiential, inquiry and reflection processes

  • Investigate techniques for project-based arts integration

  • Build new strategies for creating a positive classroom culture


This track is for teaching artists of all disciplines with at least 2+ years of experience teaching in a classroom. In this track, participants will:


  • Develop leadership skills by working with the arts education community in Rochester 

  • Help build and sustain the teaching artist community in Rochester

  • Deepen their teaching practice by mentoring newer artists in the classroom


This year, the Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester will accept five fellows to work with TAP facilitators and arts education leaders in Rochester to further develop their leadership and mentoring skills in order to expand the teaching artist community in Rochester. Fellows will be responsible for the following, which amounts to approximately 15-20 hours of work between September-December. Accepted participants will receive a stipend for their participation.

Questions? Contact the TAP Team at See the overview for a complete list of dates and details. 

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