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 to a background check
  • Daytime availability preferred (but not required)
  • Complete the teaching artist application here. - We are not accepting new applications at this time.  Please check back after January 15, 2017.

VSA Florida offers free professional development opportunities throughout the year.

  • New teaching artists are required to complete the “Intro to Being a VSAFL Teaching Artist” training online 
  • Active teaching artists are required to participate in two free professional development webinars or conference calls annually.  

To view past webinars please click here.

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. 



Always refer to your Letter of Agreement for specific compensation amounts.  The amounts below are generalized across programs and may not apply to your specific contracted employment.

In general, teaching artists are paid:

  • $25 for an initial planning meeting with the classroom teacher
  • $25/ hour for a contracted amount of time for non-teaching duties, which may include installing or de-installing exhibitions, scanning artwork, or completing administrative duties as outlined in your Letter of Agreement
  • $50/ one-hour session teaching
  • Mileage reimbursement for all miles over 60 miles round trip
  • Materials reimbursement of up to $25 with original receipts

Please note- teaching artists will ONLY be paid for completed work that was listed in your Letter of Agreement.  No changes to Letters of Agreement will be made after they are signed, so please review your letter carefully and ask questions prior to signing.  Teaching artists are not eligible for compensation for commute time.


Residency Requirements and Forms:

Standard residency requirements and forms (includes ArtThread and Start with the Arts residencies)

Hand ‘n Hand residency requirements and forms

Hand 'n Hand plus Yo Soy residency requirements and forms

Yo Soy residency requirements and forms

Performance partnership residency requirements and forms

Museum partnership residency requirements and forms

Department of Juvenile Justice residency requirements and forms

Evaluation for Community Art Classes/Outreach Events

Map of Florida's rural counties

Rural Economic Development Initiative 

Teaching Artist Invoice

Teaching Artist Invoice - Rural Counties

Residency Planning Meeting Tips


Become a Teaching Artist!

If you are interested in becoming a VSA Florida teaching artist, you have two ways to apply.  Click here to apply online.