The Teaching Artist Wish List
To be compensated in a way that
recognizes professionalism, education
To be compensated for prep time, as
other contract professions do (designers
and therapists, for example).
To have work throughout the school year,
not only the last 8 weeks.
To have teachers, administrators, and
principals invest in long-term Arts In
Education programs and not look for
To have cultural organizations with Arts
In Education programs recognize the
professionalism of Teaching Artists and
not continually pay the same rate year
after year even though the Teaching
Artists demonstrate excellence and
To have cultural organizations value
Teaching Artists as integral to their
mission and not rationalize that
Teaching Artist can pay taxes, health
insurance and transportation on less
than $50 an hour.
To not have to hustle for funding and
residencies every year.
To not be held hostage to flavor of the
month pedagogies and emperors with no
To be paid in a timely fashion.
To be able to work with teachers
enrolled in certification programs in
schools of education to foster the
team-teaching collaborative environment
with artists. There are great strides
that need to be taken in teacher
education to take advantage of the
opportunity of Arts In Education and
nourish it in a way that will allow for
the optimal educational experience for
To offer professional development to
arts administrators who have forgotten
the value of art, Teaching Artists, and
what really goes into implementing Arts
In Education: living wage fees, prep
time, research, travel, and
opportunities for reasonably priced
health, disability, and liability
To educate cultural organizations and
arts administrators with the message
that they are there to support the
Teaching Artist as well as the school.
To educate cultural organizations that
push their programming instead of
understanding the potential of Arts In
Education for school reform and for the
professional career of a Teaching
To provide professional development for
community organizations who work with
Teaching Artists on fees, Teaching
Artists, program assessment.
To have funders meaningfully address the
training, the lack of work, and how hard
it is to earn a living as a Teaching
To have more connection with fellow
Teaching Artists across the country.