For Teaching Artists

Use your skills to teach others

Make a difference in your community’s learning spaces. Join dozens of other Santa Cruz County artists and bring your artistic talents to teachers, classrooms, and after school programs.

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Become a Teaching Artist

Inspire a kid. Build relationships. Make someone else’s day a little more colorful. When you become a Teaching Artist, you’re joining the high quality network of Arts Council Santa Cruz County. We share this resource with dozens of schools across the county every year, connecting teachers and school leaders with new artists to bring into their classrooms.

Get started and submit your easy Teaching Artist Application today.

Click to download either a Word or PDF version of the application

Note: We prefer the PDF format, but Word is included for your convenience. The instructions are included. Be sure to save the document using “Save As” to your computer and include your name in the title.

Renew your Teaching Artist status

Ready for another year of sparking imagination and creativity in your community? Renew your listing in the Teaching Artist Directory.

Complete this simple renewal form today. When you’re done, e-mail the completed form to

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Level up your work 

Explore these helpful resources to take your teaching to the next level:

AIYC Integrated Learning Lesson Plan Template

Invoice Template

Professional Development Tracking Form

Teaching Artist gatherings 2020

Teaching Artistry 2020: Adapting and Innovating in a Crisis with the Tools We Have.

October 21, 2020



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Get to know your community

Explore the resources below to better understand the schools, frameworks, and standards for arts education in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County Schools & Contacts

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Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools (CA VAPA)

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California State Board of Education Visual and Performing Arts Framework

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Join the Arts Now Community, a group of advocates making sure every student has access to arts education in Santa Cruz County.

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Build your skills and network

Connect with statewide networks and toolkits designed to support California teaching artists just like you.

Teaching Artist Guild of California

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Boost your facilitation skills with these dynamic resources 

Check out the Visual Thinking Strategies methods → 

Explore the Americans for the Arts Youth Arts Toolkit →