CCT: How do I become a Directory 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.  While Directory Teaching Artists are teaching partners, there is no requirement for teaching artists to be certified teachers.  COA encourages teaching artists to stay current and knowledgeable about educational trends, and we provide professional development for Directory teaching artists.


Teaching Artists who meet the eligibility criteria and who would like to be included in COA’s Directory of Teaching Artists must apply and undergo a review process. The application includes uploading support documents that highlight your work as an artist and your work with students.


General Eligibility:  An individual artist, 18 years or older whose primary residence is in Connecticut; who is professionally active in their arts discipline; available for teaching engagements in a variety of educational and community settings in Connecticut throughout the year; and willing to participate in professional development as outlined. *


Note:  For organizations that have teaching artists on staff who conduct residencies please note that each artist must apply to the Directory individually.


The Directory supports COA's education goal to advance teaching and learning along a 3-tiered "Continuum of Practice" from 1) Arts Access to 2) Arts Connection and Correlation, to 3) Arts Integration.  The tiers are progressive in the amount of time an artist engages with the same audience, the type and scope of planning involved in developing each project, and the depth of the learning experience the project provides.  Depending on individual interest, experience and practice some artists may be better suited for one type of project along the continuum than others.  For the purpose of K-12 schools and COA’s Arts Learning grant program – teaching artists are juried into one or both of the following categories:




Please Note:

  •     COA's Directory ensures a level of expertise determined through a rigorous application and review process.
  •     The Directory serves as a catalogue from which presenters (entities that hire artists) may choose when applying to COA for fee support grants.
  •     Inclusion in the Directory does not guarantee employment.
  •     Inclusion in the Directory requires teaching artists to remain in good standing* and a commitment to ongoing professional development. *
    (* Please see Professional Development section in the guidelines

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is accepting new artists to its Teaching Artist roster! Interested artists should review the guidelines.


Artists interested in applying to the Directory should review the guidelines and become familiar with the types of support documents and materials required at time of application.


For more information, contact Bonnie Koba at  


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