Become a professional Teaching Artist!  

In order to become a Teaching Artist eligible for residencies in the Juneau School District, an artist must be accepted onto the Juneau Teaching Artist Roster through an application process which requires completion of the Teaching Artists Academy.

The Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR), coordinated by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, provides eligibility for statewide residency work.  To find more information and review eligibility, go to for details and more information.

Guidelines for applying to the STAR. 

About the Teaching Artist Academy:

During this workshop series artists learn how to work effectively with students of all ages in varied settings in Juneau and, potentially, elsewhere in Alaska. Each workshop features expert teachers, administrators, and consultants who share knowledge, skills, and techniques. Topics include:

  • Current brain research on why the arts are important, and how they tap into brain functioning like no other discipline
  • Preparing a lesson plan
  • Integrating the school’s curriculum and the Alaska education standards
  • Engaging and managing a classroom full of students
  • Effectively communicating with the schools before, during, and after a residency
  • Developing strategies to teach to all students with developmental differences
  • Effectively communicating with the schools before, during, and after a residency

The workshop series typically involves 5-6 sessions and up to 15 hours total. As a part of the workshop, participants may observe a class in a school, write a lesson plan, and teach their lesson to a group of students.

Past Teaching Artist Academy Facilitators in Juneau include:

  • Ryan Conarro – Teaching Artist, Actor, Director
  • Lynn Williams – Former Juneau teacher, Consultant. Presidential Award winner for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. Grinder State Associate for Non-Verbal Classroom Management.
  • Lorrie Heagy – Glacier Valley Music Teacher/JAMM Director- 2011 National Teacher of the Year, 2017 Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Alaska Southeast
  • Annie Calkins – Alaska State Council on the Arts Special Projects Coordinator for Arts Education.
  • Roblin Davis– Teaching Artist, Actor, Director


How much does it cost? 

The cost for the Academy is $90 per participant.

When will it be offered? 

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (Arts Council) hosts the Teaching Artist Academy annually with interest.

If you are interested, please contact our Arts Education Director by calling (907) 586-2703.

How do I sign up? 

Registration information will be posted on this page when an academy is scheduled.  If you have filled out the interest form above, you will be notified of an upcoming academy.

Explore the Alaska State Council on the Arts website: The AIS Teaching Artist Guide located on this site provides a full description of the program.

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