What is a VSAFL Teaching Artist?

What is a teaching artist?

A teaching artist is a professional who has the experience and knowledge to teach their craft to students and adults with various disabilities in a school setting, Department of Juvenile Justice facility, or adult program.  VSA Florida contracts teaching artists for the My Art My Way artist in residence program, community art classes, and outreach events. 


Qualifications for teaching artists:
  • Ability to work with students and/or adults with various disabilities, including physical, developmental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of classroom settings and student populations in PreK through grade 12
  • Effective use of accommodations and modifications
  • Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning
  • Ability to use Florida Standards to create appropriate lessons that relate to classroom curriculum
  • Ability to effectively teach the art form in which you indicate proficiency
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable form of transportation
  • Effective behavior management skills
  • Must submit and pass a background check
Become a Teaching Artist!

If you are interested in becoming a VSA Florida teaching artist, Click here.



VSA Florida conducts webinars and conference calls throughout the school year.  Guest speakers include experts from the field providing best practices for our artists.  Click here for a list, or to listen to the webinars from our 2016-2017 year.  If you would like to be included in next years great line up, click here to join our email list.


Contract employment for artist in residence programs:

Standard My Art My Way residencies consist of teaching eight one-hour sessions.  Teaching artists must complete lesson plans prior to each session and an evaluation at the end of residency, among other requirements outlined in individual letters of agreement.  Residencies are not guaranteed for all artists in our registry as it is based on the specific needs of each county. Some teaching artists may receive multiple residencies in a school year, especially if they are willing to travel to neighboring counties.  Click here for more information on the different types of residencies and their requirements.


Teaching Artist Requirements and Forms:

SITE Residency Paperwork


ARTIST Residency Paperwork


Additional DJJ Paperwork


ARTIST Community Art Classes/Outreach Events

SITE Community Art Classes/Outreach Events


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