Teaching Artist Residencies
FREE ARTS RESIDENCIES FOR SCHOOLS:
BUILD RESILIENCE AND ENCOURAGE EMPATHY
Creative Sonoma is offering free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public and charter schools. The residencies provide access to a creative, collective experience for students to share in empowering arts lessons that build resilience, encourage empathy, and create joy. The arts have many benefits in a learning environment and create unique, hands-on opportunities to increase self-esteem, decrease depression, and reduce stress. The experiences encourage students to think critically, collaborate with their peers, and problem solve creatively. All of these 21st century skills have been demonstrated to contribute to student success both in school and in careers.
The Creative Sonoma arts residencies were initially designed to respond to trauma experienced in our schools as a result of the 2017 fires. Creative Sonoma hosted intensive training sessions for local teaching artists to help them enhance their skills in providing arts residencies to students impacted by various traumas. Teaching artists construct and provide ways to engage and empower students through creative pathways. The residencies continue to evolve to respond to the needs of the students.
How are these teaching artist residencies different than other residencies? Trauma-informed teaching artists are focused on creating a safe, nurturing space in which the arts provide the place for expression of feelings and ideas.
Schools that have not previously participated in the Creative Sonoma Teaching Artist Residency Program will have priority in application consideration through September 13, 2019. Schools that are interested are encouraged to apply with the understanding of this priority designation to new school participation. Residencies will be scheduled starting in August 2019 and continue through December 2019 as funds allow.
For the purpose of this program, residencies are defined as 6 hours of student contact time with the same group of students. Up to 2 hours of additional time is provided for collaboration with classroom teachers. A brief outline of the central responsibilities for schools is listed below.
SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES include:
- Provide students for the residency – the same group of students throughout each individual residency
- Each participating classroom teacher will collaborate with the teaching artist to plan the residency content
- Be flexible with the artist in planning the residency to achieve the best possible result for the students
- Check all school calendars to avoid any scheduling conflicts with all students receiving the full residency instruction
- Provide all agreed-upon venue-related gear or logistical requests
- Classroom teacher must be present throughout the duration of the residency
- Complete post-residency evaluations
SONOMA COUNTY SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING
For more information on Phase 1, click HERE.
HOW TO APPLY
Review the application materials, found below. No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have – or to create – an account in Submittable, our online application portal.
NOTE: As of September 27, 2019, the Arts Residencies in Schools: 2019 FALL APPLICATION | HOST SITE application is now closed for Fall 2019 residencies. We thank you for your interest!
RESIDENCY PLANNING MATERIALS
FOR MORE INFORMATION or ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
Contact Debbie Yarrow, Debbie.Yarrow@sonoma-county.org.
This program is made possible by funding from the Sonoma County Office of Education.
To learn more about how Creative Sonoma supports arts education, visit our Arts Education page.