Join the Summer Artists Corps Training Program to become a Teaching Artist at the Summer Arts for Learning Academy

▶ Earn a highly-competitive salary—up to $11,500 ($50 an hour) working with our summer program.

Network with like-minded peers!

Impact the education and lives of Baltimore children through the joy and power of art.

Apply by January 26. Trainings run from late February through early June.

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

Be a social change agent where your practice elevates student voices and honors their creative process.

Increase your marketability and build your career with valuable skills and experiences.

Apply by January 26. Trainings run from late February through early June.

Earn a highly-competitive salary—up to $11,500 ($50 an hour) working with our summer program.

Network with like-minded peers!

Impact the education and lives of Baltimore children through the joy and power of art.

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

Be a social change agent where your practice elevates student voices and honors their creative process.

Increase your marketability and build your career with valuable skills and experiences.

About The Summer Artists Corps

Foundational Training for Creativity in Classrooms

The Summer Artists Corps is a comprehensive, high-quality, and holistic professional development program for professional practicing artists who want to work in our award-winning Summer Arts for Learning Academy this summer and earn up to $11,500 ($50/hour) during the program.


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

You'll receive 60+ hours of workshops and mentorships with foundational training for creativity in the classroom and a $500 stipend upon completion of training.

Artists who successfully complete the training program qualify for a position with the Summer Arts for Learning Academy.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

About The Summer Artist Corps

Foundational Training for Creativity in Classrooms

The Summer Artists Corps is a comprehensive, high-quality, and holistic professional development program for professional practicing artists who want to work in our award-winning Summer Arts for Learning Academy this summer and earn up to $11,500 ($50/hour) during the program.


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

You'll receive 60+ hours of workshops and mentorships with foundational training for creativity in the classroom and a $500 stipend upon completion of training.

Artists who successfully complete the training program qualify for a position with the Summer Arts for Learning Academy.

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, to co-planning and co-teaching math and literacy arts-integrated lessons with a partner.

Integrated throughout the training are a series of Race Equity Trainings that allow artists to examine existing biases and better understand institutional and structural racism and their impact on policies and practices in public education. Artists 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.

The series is designed so that participants can engage in the content before participating in the classes, allowing artists to bring reflections, connections, and questions to each session.

What You'll Earn

+ $500 for the 60+ hours of Summer Artists Corps training; and
+ $11,500 for the one week of professional development and six-week Summer Academy.

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, to co-planning and co-teaching math and literacy arts-integrated lessons with a partner.

Integrated throughout the training are a series of Race Equity Trainings that allow artists to examine existing biases and better understand institutional and structural racism and their impact on policies and practices in public education. Artists 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.

The series is designed so that participants can engage in the content before participating in the classes, allowing artists to bring reflections, connections, and questions to each session.

What You'll Earn

+ $500 for the 60+ hours of Summer Artists Corps training; and
+ $11,500 for the one week of professional development and six-week Summer Academy.

Time Commitment for Training

Late February – Early June 2022

The Summer Artists Corps training sessions will be held between February 28–June 8, 2022. Most sessions are held on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with a mix of virtual and in-person classes.

Participation in all sessions is required to qualify as a Teaching Artist and to work in the 2022 Summer Arts for Learning Academy.

Working in our summer program

Early July – Mid-August 2022

After you've successfully completed the Summer Artists Corps 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 2022 and the program will run from early July until mid-August 2022.

During SALA, you'll partner with a City Schools teacher to collaboratively plan and teach morning arts-integrated literacy and math lessons to elementary grade students. In the afternoon, you’ll engage with students in your art form. Learn more about SALA here.

You’ll earn up to $11,500 ($50/hour) for the one week of professional development and six-week SALA program.

Application Criteria

Practicing artists applying for the Summer Artists Corps must:

+ Embrace the Summer 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 Baltimore City elementary school students.

+ Be available for ALL Summer Artists Corps sessions and workshops.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

Application Criteria

Practicing artists applying for the Summer Artists Corps must:

+ Embrace the Summer 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 Baltimore City elementary school students.

+ Be available for ALL Summer Artists Corps sessions and workshops.

Application Process

Step One: Complete your application by Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

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

Monday, January 31, 1:00–3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 5:00–7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 2, 5:00–7:00 PM
Thursday, February 3, 10:00–12:00 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 our offices between February 4 and February 9.

Step Four: Receive notification about acceptance on February 11, 2022.

Step Five: Confirm your participation by February 16 and receive prep homework due February 23.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

For more information:
Email Kristina Berdan, Education Director, at kristina.b@artsforlearningmd.org.

Arts for Learning Summer Artists Corps

Application Process

Step One: Complete your application by Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

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

Monday, January 31, 1:00–3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 5:00–7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 2, 5:00–7:00 PM
Thursday, February 3, 10:00–12:00 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 our offices between February 4 and February 9.

Step Four: Receive notification about acceptance on February 11, 2022.

Step Five: Confirm your participation by February 16 and receive prep homework due February 23.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

For more information:
Email Kristina Berdan, Education Director, at kristina.b@artsforlearningmd.org.

When asked what was most valuable about our Summer Artists Corps training, participating artists 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 Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Artists who have already completed the Teaching Artist Institute and/or have sufficient experience teaching young people and integrating the arts with literacy and math in school settings may not need to participate in this training to work in Summer Arts for Learning Academy.