Teaching Artist Roster


We provide opportunities for artists and artistic groups to work as artists/educators in schools, nonprofit organizations, and other community settings. Services are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Legislature, and local sponsoring organizations.

The Teaching Artist Roster is the recommended source of artists for grantees who are funded for projects and events. Once accepted into the roster, artists may choose to be involved in the following types of arts education.

We have also developed a Native American Roster. This will be updated periodically.

Teaching Artist Roster
Native American Teaching Roster

Artist Requirements

Artists must:

  • be active in their discipline
  • demonstrate artistic excellence (artists are not required to have formal training)
  • demonstrate communication and teaching skills (English skills are not required for the application and special needs are considered; please contact us for more information)
  • be flexible and able to work in, and with, a wide variety of settings, populations and ages
  • be professional, punctual, and able to submit contracts, final reports and evaluation forms

How to Apply to be on the Artist Roster

All documentation submitted is subject to a blind review by a peer panel. The panel consists of artists, university professors, artistic directors, curators, arts educators and presenters from Utah and other states.

All applicants are notified of the panel’s decisions from the Artistic Excellence Review. Please do not call the Arts Education office. Letters are mailed notifying you of the results. Approved artists are given additional application materials for the Educational Excellence Review.

Educational Excellence Review
Artists are reviewed for arts education experience, with particular attention to how the applicant will engage the students in their discipline and the creative process. At this interview artists describe residency plans, artistic philosophy, role of the artist vs. the teacher, etc.

First review is conducted by the Utah Arts & Museums/AE Committee Approval, followed by the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors who then makes final approval.

If approved to the Artist Teaching Roster, we'll add the artist's profile to our directory, which is available to the public (see link above). The artist's profile includes their phone number and email address.

Submit best professional work that documents the depth and range of work, and clearly define the artistic voice. Do not submit only child-appropriate works.

Submit documentation of high quality video recordings. Poorly lit, video and audio recordings with background noise, etc. will hinder the panel’s ability to review weak documentation accurately.

Artists are welcome to apply to more than one discipline, however, acceptance in one category does not automatically assume acceptance in all the applied categories. Documentation should reflect work from the past 2-3 years. Please note the following documentation requirements.

For group performances, identify applicant on each segment by placement on the stage or by describing clothing.

Literary Arts
Submit examples of recent work sans name. Prose writers may submit up to 40 pages of manuscript. Poets submit a maximum of 40 pages of poems in varied forms.

Clearly identify tracks to be played. For group performances, clearly identify which instrument or voice is applicant’s. Composers may submit a musical score. Do not place applicant on the pages. Number pages consecutively.

We recommend that at least one of the stories be of original and not an adaptation of a well-known folk tale or story.

(Includes mime, reader’s theatre) For group performances, clearly identify applicant on each segment. For example, identify applicant by placement on the stage, by describing clothing, or by role. Applicant may also submit a written script. Submit written scripts in their entirety. Do not note playwright on the pages. Number pages consecutively.

Visual Arts
(Includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture, clay, printing, photography, mixed media, installations, digital graphics, cartooning, drawing) Submit digital images of 20 separate works. Detail images of larger works are acceptable, but do not submit more than two or three views of the same work (detail prints/images do not count as part of the original 20). When appropriate, indicate the actual size of the work within the image. (For example, place a penny or pencil next to the work to visually show the size.) Collaborative work needs to be clearly explained as to the artist’s specific role in the work. In addition to the prints/images/original works, artists may include catalogs and raissonnés of their work, but these do not substitute for the required 20 pieces.

Documentation must reflect integration of different disciplines to create a single multi-discipline exhibit or performance.

Because of the difficulty in accurately representing multi-disciplined exhibitions and performances, please contact the Arts Education Program for suggestions on how to best submit documentation.

Apply for the Roster

Jean Tokuda Irwin
Arts Education Manager

Justin Ivie
Arts Education Coordinator