BECOMING A Teaching artist

Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) utlizes professional artists to work with teachers and pre-service teachers within the School District of the Menomonie Area and UW-Stout in order for them to learn creative skill sets that they can use in their classrooms.

As A.I.M.’s teaching artist, you are part of a highly skilled community of arts integration experts. AIM teaching artists are talented artists and skilled collaborators, with experience in educational settings. Accordingly, there is a high level of expectation accompanying competitive compensation for the work in the A.I.M. organization.

MINI RESIDENCIES

  • Teaching artists work with teachers for 5-10 hours of hands-on arts teaching in the classroom(s) in order for them to learn creative skill sets that they can use in their classrooms.
  • Mini residencies are requested by the teacher and arranged by the Teaching Artist Coordinator, with work hours scheduled between the hours of 8am and 3pm during the work week. 
  • 2 hours of planning per residency with classroom teacher(s) to co-create arts integrated curricula.
  • Professional and consistent communication with Teaching Artist Coordinator regarding project needs, developments, and any issues that affect the residency.
  • Consistent and professional collaboration with classroom teacher partner.
  • Attending monthly artist cadre meetings during residency months.
  • Participating in an “arts night” each semester to feature class arts performances with partnering teachers. 
  • Working with teachers and Teaching Artist coordinators to coordinate the purchasing, delivery, and sharing of equipment and supplies. 
  • On-going documentation and reflection, and video-recording/interviewing.

REQUIREMENTS

A teaching artist must:

  • Be an expert in an art discipline: dance, theater, visual art, music, poetry, etc.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in teaching that includes planning, communicating, instructing, collaborating, and engaging young people in learning. 

preferred QUALIFICATIONS

  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree or higher, complementary to the job specifications.
  • Professional teaching or teaching-related experience, preferably in elementary schools.
  • Experience working in teams.
  • Interest in participating in professional development.
  • A passion for and understanding of arts and education.
  • Knowledge of the Menomonie community.

Expectations

AIM teaching artists are representatives not only of AIM, but of the School District of the Menomonie Area and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  AIM teaching artists are experienced professionals in the field of arts integration and operate with integrity and thoughtfulness.  Expectations for Teaching Artists:

  • A demonstrated commitment towards achieving the highest quality of work and student potential.
  • Professional and clear communication with partner teacher and with C.I.T.A. Coordinator.
  • Response to e-mail correspondence or phone message within 48 hours
  • Prompt attendance at all classes scheduled with the classroom teacher.
  • Prompt attendance at all cadre meetings.
  • A respectful attitude consistently demonstrated towards teachers, administrators, students and fellow AIM cadre members and staff
  • A willingness to hear and respond to critical feedback, including observation and evaluation by the AIM coordinator and classroom teacher.
  • An interest in continual learning and openness to new strategies and methods
  • Professional appearance