Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship , USA

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Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship

The Surdna Foundation announces the eleventh year of a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in public arts high schools.* Surdna recognizes that arts teachers often lack the time and resources to reconnect with other arts professionals and with the artistic processes they teach.

Through the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF), Fellows design individualized courses of study that provide both immersion in their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields.

Surdna believes that this approach to professional development will enhance the effectiveness of arts teachers and will directly benefit the young people they teach.

Teachers will be expected to design a fellowship program that provides opportunities to interact with professional artists and enhances their understanding of current techniques, activity, and thinking in their artistic domain(s).

It may include: study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals or institutes; residencies at artists’ colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; independent study towards the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals), or other artistic entities.

  • (See Resource List on the website for examples of possible sites and previous fellowship projects. Feel free to explore and create other options.)

All Fellows-accompanied by school leaders-will convene in fall 2011 in New York City to share experiences and discuss relevant issues and concerns. (Convocation expenses will be paid by Surdna.)

Fellows will also be expected to work with colleagues and school administrators to carry out post-fellowship plans, and submit a report on the impact of the fellowship.

  • Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools and arts-focused magnet and charter high schools.

All schools must have the following characteristics :  a clearly defined mission that is related to the development of student artistic talent; an extended school day; sequential arts courses as a requirement for graduation; career guidance; arts program coordinators; and artists as teachers.

Please note that teachers from high schools that are not arts-specialty schools are not eligible to apply at this time even if those schools have an arts concentration.

  • The SATF program is for artistic revitalization. Proposals which will not be considered include: participation in educational conferences, development of pedagogy, academic research or graduate study, curriculum building, learning of new skills solely towards the development of new courses or accreditation.


Arts Teachers Fellowship Awards :

Twenty awards of $5,500 each, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the Fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities, will be made.

The fellowship award may be used to defray the costs of tuition and other fees, room and board, travel, purchase of materials and /or equipment for personal art-making, childcare, and other relevant expenses.

Eligibility for Arts Teachers Fellowship :

All permanently assigned full- and part-time arts faculty in public arts high schools are eligible. Teachers of all arts disciplines are invited to apply – visual arts, photography, theatre, stage design (sound, lighting, set), music, dance, film, video, multidiscipline, and creative writing.

Applicants must be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts in high school, and plan to continue as an arts teacher in their public arts high school in 2011-12. Previous fellowship recipients cannot re-apply.

Selection Criteria :

Proposed fellowship plans will be evaluated based on :

  • Quality and relevance of the selected fellowship venue/project to applicant’s artistic goals.
  • Quality and realistic expectations (realistic match of goals and proposed plan).
  • Stature of the artists-mentors.
  • Anticipated impact of fellowship experience on future teaching.

Application Closing Date for Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship : 12 November 2010