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PK-12 Teaching Artist Roster

Malley Weber

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer this free online roster which features Maine-based professional artists, with skills and experience teaching learners of various ages, PK-12. The Teaching Artists are available to conduct high-quality learning opportunities for students in school settings and community organizations that offer arts education. We encourage educators and those responsible for arts education to utilize the roster by communicating directly with the Teaching Artists. To view the current roster of PK-12 Teaching Artists please click here.


What is a Teaching Artist?

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.


Professional Development for Teaching Artists

The Maine Arts Commission periodically offers professional development opportunities for Teaching Artists. Please visit the Maine Arts Education blog for updated information on a variety of arts education topics.


Interested in Being Part of the PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster?

The Maine Arts Commission will be accepting applications for the PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster in the spring of 2017. The roster includes artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting. 

Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • Mastery of an artistic discipline
  • Knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction
  • Good communication skills
  • Planning and organizational ability
  • Understanding of PK-12 learners


Please note: This opportunity is provided to teaching artists who are not employed by one particular school in an ongoing teaching situation.


Application Calendar 

April 2017  PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available

May 2017  Application deadline for PK-12 Teaching Artist


Interested in Being a MALI Teaching Artist Leader?

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. For the past five years, MALI has worked with visual and performing arts educators from Maine schools to become leaders in developing arts education in their districts. As the initiative enters Phase VI, MALI has grown to include 81 teacher leaders. For the last two years, Teaching Artists have been included in the summer institute.

This year, MALI is looking for Teaching Artists who are interested in being leaders and helping to develop teaching and learning in the arts. This is an opportunity for you to participate in professional development and networking, as well as to have a voice in the direction of arts education in the state of Maine.

The application deadline has passed. This opportunity will be available again in the future.

Selected Teacher Artist Leaders responsibilities for the 2016-17 school year include: 

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day summer institute, August 10-12, 2016, USM, Portland
  • Present your draft workshop and receive feedback, at an all-day event, location to be determined
  • Present the finished workshop in your region
  • Present a workshop at a mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the MALI leadership team
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of Phase VI with Teacher Leaders and the leadership team to be held winter/spring 2017


If you have questions about the PK-12 Teaching Artist program, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at or 207-287-2713.

If you would like to receive updates about arts education, please email and your email address wll be added to the Maine Arts Commission Arts Education list-serv.


The Maine Arts Commission is committed to providing professional development opportunities for teaching artists and the creation of a Teaching Artist roster. Efforts to address these areas of need are underway and will grow over time. Professional development is being offered for the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging program and for PK-12 learners in a variety of educational settings. To learn more about the Creative Aging program please click here.