CCT: What is a Teaching Artist

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is committed to advancing arts learning through high quality arts engagement, arts integration, arts exploration, creation, and discovery experiences.  In support, COA maintains a Directory of Teaching Artists and an affiliated Arts Learning grant program.*


Teaching artists are individual practicing artists who specialize in teaching both in the classroom and in the community.  The passion and commitment, experience, knowledge and skills that teaching artists bring to the classroom and to the community help to engage students (of all ages) in authentic arts and arts integrated learning, advance creative and critical thinking; and help classroom teachers discover new ways to energize their instructional practice.

COA’s Directory of Teaching Artists is a reliable resource of high-quality Connecticut teaching artists who have been juried for excellence in their art forms and readiness, capacity, and desire to work in schools and in community settings.  For the purpose of K-12 schools and the Arts Learning grant program – teaching artists are juried into one or both of the following categories:


CONNECTING/CORRELATING: An individual artist who provides opportunities that enhance learning through arts experiences and/or link ideas between disciplines. Artists in this category may have a well-tuned program(s) that can be provided repeatedly, with or without minor adjustments, to meet a presenter’s needs in a variety of settings.


INTEGRATING: An individual artist who provides sequential arts learning experiences that weave ideas and concepts between and among arts and non-arts disciplines. Artists in this category work interdependently with the presenter to conduct, through a collaborative, in-depth planning and implementation process, sequential arts learning experiences that advance knowledge and skills in an arts discipline while concurrently advancing knowledge and skills in other disciplines to meet the unique project or curricular goals of the presenter. Artists in this category are familiar with the National Core Arts Standards adopted by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Common Core State Standards, and will be experienced in setting goals and assessing progress. 

  •     While Directory teaching artists are teaching partners, there is no
    requirement for teaching artists to be certified teachers. 
  •     All artists in COA’s Directory may provide an Access experience and may be engaged to work in after school, summer, or community settings.  The categories above are specific to K-12 school day curriculum.

* Arts Learning grant applicants engaging a teaching artist, must select from COA’s Directory of Teaching Artists.



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