Calling all Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and Washington DC Artists and Teachers!

Join our paid training program—The Artist & Teacher Academy (January - June 2023)—for the opportunity to co-teach in our arts-integrated summer programs—full and part-time positions available.

Join our paid training program—The Artist & Teacher Academy (January - June 2023)—for the opportunity to co-teach in our arts-integrated summer programs—full and part-time positions available.

▶ Receive a $1,000 stipend for the paid training and earn a highly-competitive salary: our summer opportunities pay artists and teachers over $9,700.

Learn how to authentically integrate the arts into classroom instruction.

Be part of a community committed to understanding the impact of institutional and structural racism.

▶ Reimagine teaching in abolitionist ways that elevate students' voices, critical thinking, creative expression, and joyful learning.

Apply by December 12, 2022.
Trainings run from late January through early June.

Receive a $1,000 stipend for the paid training and earn a highly-competitive salary: our summer opportunities pay artists and teachers over $9,700.

Learn how to authentically integrate the arts into classroom instruction.

Be part of a community committed to understanding the impact of institutional and structural racism.

Reimagine teaching in abolitionist ways that elevate students' voices, critical thinking, creative expression, and joyful learning.

Apply by December 12, 2022. Trainings run from late January through early June.

About the Artist & Teacher Academy

Foundational Training for Creativity in Classrooms

The A4L Artist & Teacher Academy is a collaborative professional development program for certified teachers and professional practicing artists from the PG/DC/MoCo area who would like to work for Arts for Learning’s summer and afterschool programs—our summer opportunities pay artists and teachers over $9,700.


During the training, you'll explore the processes and dynamics of co-teaching arts-integrated lessons, including how to provide emotional support through a positive classroom climate and develop lessons grounded in anti-racist pedagogy.

You’ll earn $1,000 for the 50 hours of paid training plus your salary for one of our summer or afterschool arts-integrated programs if hired.

Artists and teachers who successfully complete the training program qualify for a position in our summer or afterschool programs.

About The Summer Artist Corps

Foundational Training for Creativity in Classrooms

The A4L Artist & Teacher Academy is a collaborative professional development program for certified teachers and professional practicing artists from the PG/DC/MoCo area who would like to work for Arts for Learning’s summer and afterschool programs—our summer opportunities pay artists and teachers over $9,700.


During the training, you'll explore the processes and dynamics of co-teaching arts-integrated lessons, including how to provide emotional support through a positive classroom climate and develop lessons grounded in anti-racist pedagogy.

You’ll earn $1,000 for the 50 hours of paid training plus your salary for one of our summer or afterschool arts-integrated programs if hired.

Artists and teachers who successfully complete the training program qualify for a position in our summer or afterschool programs.

Training Overview

What You'll Experience

Trainings move from building community and emotional support in the classroom, to using arts integration as a teaching practice/creative process, and co-planning and co-teaching math and literacy arts-integrated lessons with a partner.

All sessions will be led by expert educators and artists trained in arts integration with experience working at our Academies.

You’ll receive PAID training in:

  • + co-teaching authentic arts integration
  • + community building
  • + culturally responsive pedagogy
  • + anti-racist teaching + learning
  • + restorative practices and mindfulness
  • + collaborative planning

Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Our meaningful training will start by exploring the importance of creating safe, brave learning environments, and practicing culturally responsive pedagogy through Race Equity and Gender Identity professional development sessions. Replacing the idea of “classroom management” with community building through Restorative Practices and Mindfulness is a valuable facet of our teacher and artist training. Not only is this foundational training meaningful in Arts for Learning Academy programming, but also in the general education curriculum nationwide.

Anti-Racist Teaching Practices
Our training series on abolitionist teaching practices allows participants to examine existing biases and better understand institutional and structural racism and their impact on policies and practices in public education. Artists and teachers are invited to consider the small acts of resistance they can practice as they reimagine teaching in abolitionist ways that elevate students' voices, critical thinking, artistic expression, and joyful learning.

Authentically Integrating the Arts
Training will focus on modeling authentic arts integration and understanding what it means to teach THROUGH the arts in math and literacy classes. We prioritize supporting students with learning differences and special needs in our teaching practices, guiding participating teachers and artists in creating an inclusive space for ALL students.

Mentor-Supported Co-Teaching in the Classroom
Observed by their mentors, teaching pairs will be given up to 10 hours to pilot their arts-integrated lessons in a classroom and to reflect deeply on the provided feedback.

What You'll Earn

+ $1,000 for the 50 hours of Academy training; and
+ Over $9,700 for the one week of professional development and five-week Summer Academy if hired.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

Training Overview

What You'll Experience

Trainings move from building community and emotional support in the classroom, to using arts integration as a teaching practice/creative process, and co-planning and co-teaching math and literacy arts-integrated lessons with a partner.

All sessions will be led by expert educators and artists trained in arts integration with experience working at our Academies.

You’ll receive PAID training in:

  • + co-teaching authentic arts integration
  • + community building
  • + culturally responsive pedagogy
  • + anti-racist teaching + learning
  • + restorative practices and mindfulness
  • + collaborative planning

What You'll Earn

+ $1,000 for the 50 hours of Academy training; and
+ Over $9,700 for the one week of professional development and five-week Summer Academy if hired.

Time Commitment for Training

Late January – Early June 2023

Training sessions will be held from January 28–June 9, 2023, mostly on Saturdays from 9 am-4 pm. Artist and teacher participation in ALL sessions is required to qualify for full- and part-time employment in our summer and afterschool programs.

Working in our summer program

Early July – Mid-August 2023

After you've successfully completed the training, you will be eligible to work in our Summer Arts for Learning Academy (SALA). The SALA program includes one week of paid professional development in late June 2023 and the program will run from early July until mid-August 2023.

During SALA, you'll collaboratively plan and teach morning arts-integrated literacy and math lessons to elementary grade students. In the afternoon, artists engage with students in their art form.

You’ll earn over $9,700 for the one week of professional development and five-week SALA program. Additional employment opportunities may be available, including working in our afterschool programs.

Application Criteria

All applicants must:

+ Embrace the Arts for Learning Academy values:

Believe unwaveringly that all students can achieve high standards in and through the arts;

Provide opportunities for students to develop powerfully articulate voices through art forms and honor their creative processes along the way;

Collaborate and reflect by learning from and with each other at every step of the process, cultivating positive relationships among all ages; and

Be willing to examine established systems and biases, as well as personal beliefs, to understand the structural racism that stifles Black and brown children, and impacts your actions; and

Encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, and creativity.

+ Be excited about working with students in grades PreK-6.

+ Be available for ALL sessions.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

Application Criteria

All applicants must:

+ Embrace the Arts for Learning Academy values:

Believe unwaveringly that all students can achieve high standards in and through the arts;

Provide opportunities for students to develop powerfully articulate voices through art forms and honor their creative processes along the way;

Collaborate and reflect by learning from and with each other at every step of the process, cultivating positive relationships among all ages; and

Be willing to examine established systems and biases, as well as personal beliefs, to understand the structural racism that stifles Black and brown children, and impacts your actions; and

Encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, and creativity.

+ Be excited about working with students in grades PreK-6.

+ Be available for ALL sessions.

Application Process

Step One: Complete your application by Monday, December 12, 2022.

Step Two: Participate in an in-person group interview on ONE of the following dates:

Monday, December 19 / 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 20 / 5:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21 / 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, December 22 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Step Three: As requested, be observed working with young people in the setting of your choice OR facilitate a workshop with Arts for Learning staff members at the Arts for Learning offices sometime between January 5 and 12.

Step Four: Receive notification about acceptance on January 17.

Step Five: Confirm your participation by January 22.

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 12, 2022.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

Application Process

Step One: Complete your application by Monday, December 12, 2022.

Step Two: Participate in an in-person group interview on ONE of the following dates:

Monday, December 19 / 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesday, December 20 / 5:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21 / 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, December 22 / 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Step Three: As requested, be observed working with young people in the setting of your choice OR facilitate a workshop with Arts for Learning staff members at the Arts for Learning offices sometime between January 5 and 12.

Step Four: Receive notification about acceptance on January 17.

Step Five: Confirm your participation by January 22.

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 12, 2022.

When asked what was most valuable about our training, participants shared…

"I am energized by this training and I feel like I’ve grown leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time!!! Thank you!!"

"This program has been exactly what I needed to restore my energy as an artist. THANK YOU!!!"

"The training has had quite an impact on my work in the classroom. I am exploring new mindfulness techniques and new classroom management techniques. I have been implementing new techniques shared during training. For example; I have been expressing compassion in new ways with students towards the different perspectives and experiences they have in life and in the classroom. This has led to a calmer and more attentive classroom."

"This training has been inspiring, informative, funny and invigorating. The influence of the training is already showing in my growth and success as a teaching artist for which I will be forever grateful."

"Thank you! So appreciate all you put into these sessions, and being together with teachers and teaching artists to share and model skills, experiences, and ideas."

"You reminded me of my worth as a teacher and that I can have fun!!! I am energized by this training and I feel like I’ve grown leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time!!! Thank you!!"

"An open and supportive community of artist/teachers modeling a way of living those ideals in the classroom."

"Seeing teacher pairs in action! All the examples and different styles of teaching was so so helpful. The mindful moments and journaling at the beginning and end of the sessions were also so amazing."

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 12, 2022.

For questions and more information:
Please direct all inquiries to Arts for Learning's Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Christen Cromwell, at [email protected]

The Artist & Teacher Academy is supported in part by: