Our mission is to create arts experiences that inspire young people, expand learning, and enliven communities.

Teaching Artists

Young Audiences of Northern California is proud to work with some of the finest artists in the Bay Area.  Among our roster of artists are National Endowment for the Arts fellows, Grammy nominees, and national touring performers.

 

We maintain a roster of community artists in all art disciplines who are both exceptional practitioners of their art forms and skilled educators.  We encourage prospective artists to read through the application process before contacting our Director of Arts Learning here with any questions.

We accept applications for our artist roster on a rolling basis. Please note that ours is a competitive process designed to identify artists whose programming fits the unique needs of teachers and schools.

Arts Wikis 2013

If you haven’t yet joined us for an Arts Wiki, you’ve been missing out! These are named after online wikis (community controlled websites) but are in-person gatherings at which Teaching Artists can meet and connect with each other, share best practices, support, and ask for advice. We have six planned for the next six months, and can offer a stipend of $35 for all attending YANC Teaching Artists:

 
1. Tuesday, July 30th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. San Francisco
Arts Wiki Topic: Common Core and You!
Description: California has adopted the new Common Core State Standards, and that means that schools and teachers will be thinking about their curricula in a new way this year. How will that affect us? How can we take advantage of these new standards to maximize and grow our work in schools? Join us for a discussion about Common Core- whether you already have ideas about your own programming, or have never heard about Common Core before! 
Location: Young Audiences Office, 125 Stillman in San Francisco
 
2. Thursday, August 22nd, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Arts Wiki Topic: Collaborating on Programming
Description: You asked- we listened! We’ve heard from many of you that you’d like to have the chance to work together with other TA’s (either within your own discipline, or from another art form) to create collaborative programming. Join us for a brainstorming/working session with the sole purpose of making connections with other Teaching Artists who would like to work with you to create something new- both performance demonstrations and residences alike!
Location: ODC Conference Room; 351 Shotwell St. (between 17th and 18th streets) in San Francisco
 
3. Tuesday, September 17th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. San Francisco
Arts Wiki Topic: Teaching Artist Speed Teaching
Description: Another request that we’ve heard from many of you is that you’d like the chance to see each and experience each other’s teaching artistry. Join us for a fun “speed dating” style sampler in which Teaching Artists take 20 minutes each to share your work with each other. Contact Radhika Rao by September 9th to sign up to be one of the sharing/presenting TA’s at this Arts Wiki! Don’t feel like presenting? No worries- just join us on the day of to get to see your peer TA’s in action, get inspired, maybe learn new tips, or just get to know someone else in the YA community!
Location: To be determined
 
4. Wednesday, October 16th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. East Bay
Arts Wiki Topic: Teaching Artist Speed Teaching
Description: So many artists expressed interest in this kind of gathering that we wanted to make sure to really make time for everyone to participate. Join us for round two of a “speed dating” style sampler in which Teaching Artists take 20 minutes each to share your work with each other. Contact Radhika Rao by October 7th to sign up to be one of the sharing/presenting TA’s at this Arts Wiki! Don’t feel like presenting? No worries- just join us on the day of to get to see your peer TA’s in action, get inspired, maybe learn new tips, or just get to know someone else in the YA community!
Location: AXIS Dance Studio: 1428 Alice Street, Suite 200 Oakland, CA 94612
 
5. Thursday, November 7th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. San Francisco
Arts Wiki Topic: Arts Education for All Populations
Description: Whether you have ever thought about your programming as meeting the needs of a particular population or not, it is very likely that you are working with youth with differing abilities and a wide variety of personal/emotional needs. Join us for a discussion about best practices from arts therapy, universal design, and learner-centered techniques to make the most of your artistry practice. 
TA Facilitator: Annika Presley
Location: To be determined
 
6. Wednesday, December 4th, 10 a.m.-12p.m.
Arts Wiki Topic: Supporting Yourself- Through Teaching Artist Mini-Communities and Program Marketing
Description: Do you sometimes feel like you’re working in a vacuum? Would you like to connect with other TA’s the find ways to support each other and not re-create the wheel? Join us for a chat where we’ll hear some success stories from a YANC artist mini community, as well as targeted tips for how to market yourself and your artistry.
Location: To be determined

 

Teaching Artist Institute 2014: February 

Thank you to all of you who joined us for this year's Teaching Artist Institute in May. It was a big success, and we are already looking forward to next year. Next year's Teaching Artist Institute will be held on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1. This training is mandatory for all YANC Teaching Artists, so please do mark your calendars now, and plan to join us for both days. 

 

Roster Application Process

Interested artists should submit a resume/CV, a portfolio (electronic or physical), and a brief statement of interest to the Director of Arts Learning. This statement should include a description of how the prospective programming is relevant to schools today, including suggestions for curricular tie-ins. Upon receipt, Young Audiences programming staff screen the applicant’s request based on the information provided. Priority is given to educationally relevant, culturally diverse program proposals that fill artistic gaps in the existing roster.

Applicants who have been approved by the Young Audiences programming staff then schedule a program-design meeting with Young Audiences and arrange for an in-school preview, to be reviewed by YANC staff and peer teaching artists.  Upon completion of a successful preview and evaluation, the artist is accredited for representation on the Young Audiences roster. Throughout the year, the teaching artist’s work is reviewed and evaluated.  Each year, teaching artists who are providing excellence in arts education will be invited onto the roster. 

Before beginning work with children, all teaching artists must be fingerprinted by the Department of Justice, and provide proof of TB clearance, issued by a medical professional. 

Program Outline Template - This can be used by teaching artists to help plan their programming.

Sample – Completed Program Outline Template - This sample describes programming done with 8th graders in a Theatre Arts residency that focuses on recycling and creating a sustainable earth. 

YANC Tiered Pay Structure

 

The California State Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards are an integral part of every YANC program. Please reference them in your Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans. 

CA State VAPA Standards