What to Expect

Become an ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow

ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows serve as full-time Teaching Artists in low-income schools across America. 

ArtistYear has found that pairing recent arts graduates who want to have a positive impact on our nation through a service year, with  dedicated teachers in low-income schools, is an excellent way to expand arts education for low-income students to improve their school engagement and life outcomes, while developing the next generation of citizen-artists based on a deeply engaged community perspective.

Each AmeriCorps Fellow will uphold the mission, values, and expectations of ArtistYear, and openly contribute learnings back to the arts education and national service fields.

Today, nearly 20,000 low-income kids have arts education because artists like you want to serve! 

Meet Jeanette who served as a Senior Fellow in Aspen Valley, Colorado!

Who are ArtistYear Fellows?

ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellows are dedicated to the highest levels of artistic excellence, possess a deep commitment to service, and believe in the potential of every child.

Fellows represent all artistic disciplines. They are actors, animators, art historians, cellists, composers, comics, creative writers, dancers, filmmakers, graphic designers, guitarists, illustrators, jazz musicians, photographers, playwrights, poets, recording engineers, screenwriters, sculptors, singers, storytellers, violinists, and visual artists.

What is a Fellow's role & responsibilities?

An AmeriCorps Fellow’s role and responsibilities during their service year will include:

  • A full-time (40 hours) service week in a Title I school, inclusive of:
    • Direct teaching and school common-time hours
    • Communication, meeting, planning, and preparation hours
    • Student performance or exhibition hours
    • Training and professional development requirements for school site and ArtistYear
  • Designing and teaching standards-based aligned arts education to disadvantaged youth, that inspires active youth citizens and supports school culture and goals, as well as ArtistYear’s standards.
  • Preparing and executing high quality, student-centered gallery openings, performances and/or community arts events that highlight student process and achievement, enhance school climate, and engage the broader community.
  • Regular communication, meetings, and collaboration with parents, school staff members, and ArtistYear leadership.
  • Assisting school partner faculty members as requested; stepping in as an emergency substitute art or music teacher at a school site if requested.
  • Completing required documentation and records for school site and ArtistYear, such as daily virtual standup participation, blogging responsibilities, timekeeping, assessment protocols, and lesson plans.
  • Full attendance and participation in all required professional development and training, including ArtistYear’s intensive Orientation & Training Institute during late summer.
  • Receiving and implementing regular and supportive performance feedback from ArtistYear leadership and/or a school site supervisor.
Learn about your service year benefits!