July 30, 2010

Surdna Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Teachers Fellowship Program

The Surdna Foundation is accepting applications for its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program, a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in public arts high schools.

Through the Arts Teachers Fellowship Program, fellows will design individualized courses of study that will provide both immersion in their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields. A fellowship program may include study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals, or institutes; residencies at artists' colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; or independent study toward the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals).

All permanently assigned full- and part-time arts faculty in public arts high schools are eligible. Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools and arts-focused magnet and charter high schools. Teachers of all arts disciplines are eligible — visual arts, photography, theater, music, dance, film, video, multidiscipline, and creative writing. At a minimum, applicants must be in their fifth year of teaching arts in high school and plan to continue as an arts teacher in their specialized public arts high school in 2011-12.

The program will award twenty grants of up to $5,500 each, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities.

Visit the Surdna Web site for fellowship program information.

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