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Individual Artists

Arts in Education Artist Roster Application Guidelines
Deadline: May 2, 2014

Coordinator: Catherine O'Brian
(603) 271-0795

Teaching artists work as both artists and educators.  They are important resources for students, teachers and schools in New Hampshire.  They can bring unique real world knowledge and perspectives into the classroom and can play a crucial role in the process of arts learning and developing creative thinking.  Experienced and successful teaching artists know how to be effective partners in education.  Teaching artists can be included in:

  • Short and long-term school and after-school residencies where discipline-specific learning in the arts can occur in dance, theatre, media, visual arts, music, poetry, etc.
  • Arts experiences, including in-school performances, as well as field trips to studios, galleries, museums and performances.
  • The achievement of arts education standards with curriculum-based arts instruction in pre K - grade 12.
  • Arts integration throughout curriculum as a way of engaging all students with a variety of learning styles in the learning process.
  • Professional development in the arts for teachers, administrators, parents and community members.
  • Higher education and professional development for artists.
  • Lifelong learning in the arts through community arts events, classes and workshops.

The Council invites applications from professional artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their field/s and can make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational setting with students, educators, administrators and parents to apply to the Arts in Education (AIE) Roster. Interested artists should contact the Arts in Education (AIE) Coordinator Catherine O’Brian to discuss their application prior to submitting it.

Who May Apply
Any practicing professional artist who:

  • is a legal resident of New Hampshire *

* Note: Non-resident artists who have demonstrated their commitment to performing/creating and teaching in New Hampshire may be accepted onto the Arts in Education Artist Roster if a particular arts discipline or culture is not fully represented on the AIE Roster.

Application/Review Process
Applying for inclusion on the AIE Roster is a three-step process. Each artist's application is first reviewed for artistic excellence and completeness by Arts Council staff and the Arts in Education grant panelists. If the applicant successfully completes this stage of the review he/she will be notified and invited to participate in an interview conducted by an AIE artist review panel composed of experienced residency artists, site coordinators, art educators and the State Arts Council's Arts Education Coordinator. After a complete review of application materials, artistic work samples and the interview, the panel’s recommendations for inclusion on the AIE Roster are submitted to the State Arts Councilors. New AIE Roster Artists are required to attend a full-day orientation and complete two apprentice observation days in the Fall of 2015.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Artist actively devotes a major portion of his/her time to an artistic discipline.
  • Evidence of artistic excellence.
  • Evidence of exceptional communication and teaching skills.
  • Experience and/or ability to work in educational and community-based settings.
  • Innovative and motivating ideas for residency plans and methods to implement them.
  • Commitment to professional development.

Note: For information on the NH State Curriculum Frameworks and National Educational Standards, please visit the NH Department of Education website or you may contact Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant at 603-271-3183,

How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator whose name appears above prior to applying to confirm eligibility and discuss their application.

1. Complete the Application Cover Form: MSWord / PDF
2. Answer Narrative Questions: MSWord / PDF
3. Complete the Disclosure Form: MSWord / PDF
4. Download Recommendation Forms: MSWord / PDF

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5. Submit a current resume, that includes education, publications, exhibitions, plus related artistic and education information. (limit 2 pages)
6. Related articles (2-3) about your work and other promotional materials that will strengthen your application
7. Submit an Artist Statement (one page)
8. Prepare support materials and a self-created Support Material Identification Sheet. Support materials should demonstrate the quality of your recent work, no more than five years since completion. Do not submit original copies.

Important Information About Support Materials
Support materials showing examples of the artist's work are a very important part of the artist's application. The quality of the work, as experienced in the materials submitted, is a primary factor in determining artistic excellence. Each artist should prepare materials according to the requirement specified for each discipline. All works should be recent (done within the last five years). Reproductions of all work samples should be of the highest quality possible.

See Preparation of Work Samples for instructions on preparing work samples/support materials.

9. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope or other mailing parcel if you want your materials returned. Be sure to keep a copy for your own records.

How to Submit Your Application
1. Submit original and 5 copies of each of the following in this order:

  • Completed application cover form
  • Narrative Questions (4 pages)
  • Resume (2 pages)
  • Include Recommendation Forms in sealed envelopes from three individuals who have observed and are familiar with your work as a teaching artist
  • Artist Statement (one page)
  • Related articles (2-3) about your work and other promotional materials that will strengthen your application

2. Attach to the original signed copy:

  • Up to three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Disclosure Form
  • Support materials of your work with self-created support material sheet
  • Label this packet "ORIGINAL"

3. The 6 individual packets and support materials must be postmarked or hand delivered to the NH State Council on the Arts office at 19 Pillsbury Street, 1st Floor, Concord, by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date noted above. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or email. It is not responsible for applications lost in transit.

Important Note: The Council cannot be responsible for duplicating, separating or collating application materials.

Application Deadline/AIE Roster Artist Calendar
This calendar is subject to change

  • May 2, 2014 Deadline (postmark) for AIE Artist Roster Applications.
  • May-June, 2104 Review of applications.
  • June 2014 Artists are notified and invited to participate in the Interview Process.
  • June 2014 Artists’ Interviews
  • July 2014 Notification made to artist on roster membership status.
  • September 2014 Orientation for new AIE artists. At this orientation, the two required apprentice observation days will be discussed.
  • October 2014 Arts in Education Partnership Conference- artists have opportunity to promote themselves and begin planning residencies with school coordinators.
  • Winter 2014/2015 Grants Information Workshops
  • Spring/Fall, 2015 Artist Residency in School and other grant deadlines for FY2016.

Roster Listing Terms
Artists selected to be included on the AIE Artist Roster must:

  • Document their program activities in the arts through student work samples and final reports, and respond to update requests once a year.
  • Provide annual updates of roster information - if an artist allows his/her roster listing to become out of date he/she could be removed.
  • Receive positive evaluations from presenting organizations and schools for projects the Arts Council has funded. If evaluations are continually marginal or unsatisfactory, roster artists will be contacted and interviewed. The Council reserves the right to evaluate artists at any time during their tenure, or if complaints are received from sponsors about their performance or service.


  • If an artist changes to a new artistic discipline, they must re-apply to be juried in that discipline.
  • Each artist in an ensemble group must apply separately.
  • If Roster membership is suspended, artists must re-apply to be reinstated.



Last updated: April 1, 2014

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