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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 summer professional development opportunity. The Commission will be accepting applications in the fall of 2018.) 

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

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 and community arts education programs. To apply for the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster artists are required to attend the summer professional development opportunity. More information is available here. 

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 

June 2018  Summer Institute - Professional Development Opportunity for Teaching Artists.

Fall 2018 PK-12 Teaching Artist applications will be made available.

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 seven years, MALI 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.
MALI, now in phase VIII, has grown to include 97 teacher leaders and 10 teaching artists leaders. MALIs teaching artists leaders participate in professional development alongside PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers. Together their voices inform the direction of arts education in schools and the communities across 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 2018-19 school year 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


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

If you would like to receive updates about arts education, please email vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra and your email address will be added to the Maine Arts Commission Arts Education list-serv. For arts education  information, research and updates visit the Maine Arts Education blog.


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. 



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