The ARTeacher Fellowship Program
“The ARTeacher Fellowship enabled me to expand my teacher’s toolbox in a way that seldom happens during professional development. Arts integration has been a game-changer for me and the learners in my classroom.”
-Kelly Buckley, 2020 Fayetteville Teacher of the Year
The ARTeacher Fellowship (a program of the University of Arkansas Center for Children & Youth in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Arts Center) is a yearlong professional development series designed to support secondary teachers who endeavor to integrate the arts into their classroom curriculum.
Each year, the Center for Children and Youth selects ten teachers from grades 7-12 to participate in the program. Teachers with three or more years of teaching experience in English, science, social studies, or foreign language and an interest in high-quality arts integration strategies are encouraged to apply.
The series begins with a four-day summer institute and continues with four full-day workshops throughout the school year (twice per semester). Fellows receive expert training from nationally recognized teaching artists, financial support for classroom field trips and ongoing collaborative support from peer members and staff. The program has hosted trainings facilitated by leading figures from
- Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
- National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY)
- Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY)
- Trike Theatre (Bentonville, AR)
- Experiential Theater Company (Somerset, NJ)
- Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (Takoma Park, MD)
- And more!
“The roster of teachers that Hung and Chris at CCY have assembled is a wonderful cross-section of rising stars in arts integration. I know this program profoundly and positively affects many teachers and thousands of children across the region. The Kennedy Center, I’m sure, is keeping a close eye on this model, no doubt as an exemplar to share with partnership teams across the country.” -Randy Barron, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows are eligible to continue with the Fellowship for a second and third year. During these additional years further develop their skills and share their knowledge by leading presentations as well as by publishing scholarly writing.
Current and former fellows have led workshops for numerous school districts across the state, as well as at national conferences in New York, Boston, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. In 2017, ARTeacher Fellowship alum Nathan Strayhorn received the Jane Ortner Education Award, presented by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles; he was the first winner from outside of California to win the Award.
VIDEO: 2013-16 ARTeacher Fellow Holly Howard describes her three-year journey (the triumphs and the struggles!).
“Not only did I flourish after experiencing the amazing presenters, my classroom exploded with creativity and joy. It brought new life into what I had already been teaching and also presented evidence of academic growth through arts integration.” -Melissa Kaeser, Valley Springs HS
“My big ‘Aha!’ moment happened talking to a friend about this program. She teaches in Chicago and was blown away with what we’re doing in the ARTeacher Fellowship.” -Jamie Stallings, Lakeside JHS
Fellows are selected each year by application process. Teachers must also have the agreement and support of their building principal or vice principal in order to participate.
We will begin accepting submissions for the next ARTeacher Fellowship cycle in December 2020, at which time we will post the application link. The deadline is February 15, 2021. Selections and notifications will be made by March 1, 2021. [Please note: these dates are subject to change due to the uncertain nature of the upcoming school year.]
“The ARTeacher fellowship is by far and away the best professional development I have ever attended. It has stretched and developed me as an educator and the strategies have consistently elevated and deepened my students’ learning.”
-Jessica Lorimer, Rogers HS
“I attribute so much of my growth to (the ARTeacher Fellowship). It’s an opportunity to be around really positive teachers who challenge themselves to grow.” -Julie Griggs, Bentonville HS
“One of the things I appreciate the most about the ARTeacher experience is that in each of our sessions we were exposed to professionals in the field; better yet, we were treated as professionals ourselves.” –Nathan Strayhorn, Fayetteville HS
“This “ARTeacher is the best professional development I have ever done. I can go on about how it has contributed to my becoming a better teacher every day, from literacy strategies to fostering an engaging class culture.”
-Hannah Mhoon, Springdale HS
To learn more about the ARTeacher Fellowship,
contact Hung Pham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hooray! ARTeacher Fellowship alum Kelly Buckley was recently named the 2020 Fayetteville High School Teacher of the Year. Kelly participated in the ARTeacher program from 2016 to 2019. This past fall, she returned as a guest presenter, sharing with current Fellows her...
Local station KNWA has featured the ARTeacher Fellowship in their regular "Doing Good" segment. The reporter spoke via video conferencing with CCY Director Hung Pham, third-year Fellow Michelle Cearley, and Walton Arts Center Arts Learning Specialist Pat Relph. We are...
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Photos from the January ARTeacher PD featuring guest facilitator Christopher Parks of the Experiential Theater Company (NJ). This brand of participatory performance, which blurs the line between actor and audience and blends scripting with improvisation, holds many...
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Photos from the September 23, 2019 ARTeacher Fellowship workshop at Crystal Bridges. Fellows used the arts, including 3D mixed media, to deepen meaning-making and connect with other texts. The session was facilitated by Dana Kletchka, Professor of Art Museum Education at The Ohio State University.