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PK-12 Teaching Artist Roster

The Maine Arts Commission offers a free online teaching artist roster featuring Maine-based professional artists, with skills and experience teaching learners of various ages, including grades 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. View the current PK-12 Teaching Artist Roster 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 offers a one-day professional development opportunity each summer. 

To apply for the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster, artists are required to attend the annual professional development opportunity. 

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

The roster includes artists with expertise in their discipline and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting and community arts education programs. To apply for the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster, artists are required to attend the annual professional development opportunity. To receive more information about the application process, please fill out this form.   

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.

Interested in Being a MAEPL Teaching Artist Leader?

The Maine Arts Education Partners in Leadership (MAEPL), formerly known as MALI, is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. Since 2011, MAEPL has worked with visual and performing arts educators from Maine schools to become leaders in advancing arts education in their districts and across the state of Maine.
MAEPL has grown to include 120 teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders in PK-12 visual and performing arts who participate in professional development together.  Their collective voices inform the direction of arts education in schools and the communities across the state of Maine.

Selected Teacher Artist Leaders responsibilities include: 

  • Ongoing communication face-to-face and electronically
  • Explore and investigate arts teaching and learning
  • Attend the three-day summer institute to establish relationships and networking possibilities with teaching artists and PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers
  • Present ideas to gain feedback and share ideas across Maine
  • Inform the direction of arts education in schools and the communities

 More information about MAEPL and how to become involved can be found here

If you have questions about the PK-12 Teaching Artist program, please contact Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education at vog.eniam@saksucsip.ahtram or 207-287-2750.


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.