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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 dedicated service year, with phenomenal teachers in low-income schools, is an excellent way to expand arts education for underserved 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 ArtistYear 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! 

What is a Fellow's role & responsibilities?

An ArtistYear 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!

Meet Devin, a Senior Fellow serving in Philadelphia!

Who are ArtistYear Fellows?

An ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow is dedicated to the highest level of artistic excellence, possesses a deep commitment to service, and believes in the artistic 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 are the requirements to apply?

Applicants to ArtistYear must be:

  • A graduate of an accredited college or university by July 15, 2021.
    • A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree is preferred. For a highly skilled applicant, we may accept an associate’s degree.
  • Highly skilled in their artistic craft, holding a degree in an artistic field or having a comparable combination of education and experience in their artistic field.
    • For example: Art therapy, creative writing, dance, digital media, fashion design, fine arts, piano, photography, screenwriting, filmmaking, music composition, music education, theatre, viola, art history, etc.
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or legal resident.
    • Due to the hiring restrictions of our partners, ArtistYear may only accept applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents.
  • Able to dedicate 11 months to a full-time national service year.
  • Able to successfully pass all necessary background checks and clearances for working with youth.

Who are we looking for?

We look for applicants who possess the following characteristics:

  • Strong work ethic and sense of self
    • Capacity to motivate and lead others
    • Talent for adapting to new environments and maintaining grit in the face of challenges
    • Aptitude for organization, self-motivation, and problem-solving
    • Ability to remain flexible and manage changing priorities and demands on time
    • Facility with and a love for out-of-the-box thinking
    • A sense of humor and easy-going approach
    • Functional excellence in artistic, academic, professional, and/or volunteer settings
  • Exceptional judgment
    • Interpersonal maturity, compassion, and wisdom
    • Confidential behavior and discretion
    • Respect for individual’s and diverse experiences
    • Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds and experiences
  • Effective communication
    • Easily engages others and demonstrates a genuine interest in the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others
    • Speaks to the level, needs, and interests of a particular audience
    • Comfortable with public speaking, writing, preparing presentations or speeches
    • Possesses the ability to actively listen
Does this sound like you?

Apply now!

ArtistYear Admissions Stages

1st Deadline:
Early Application Pool
2nd Deadline:
Standard Application Pool 
3rd Deadline:
Late Application Pool
4th Deadline:
Late Application Pool
Apply Online
NOV 29, 2021
FEB 7, 2022
APR 11,  2022
MAY 23, 2022
Late April
Admissions Status Notification
Early January
Early March
Late June

ArtistYear application FAQ

How do I submit my recommendations?

Rather than having applicants upload letters of recommendations, ArtistYear asks that you list two recommenders. Once you hit “submit,” a short form will automatically be generated by our application platform (acceptd) and sent to your recommenders to fill out. It is critical that your recommenders return this form quickly; without it, we cannot review your application.

What are you looking for in my artistic representation/portfolio?

ArtistYear requires an artistic representation from our applicants to ensure that you are highly trained in your art form and capable of inspiring and supporting young people in arts learning. Submit a portfolio/representation that demonstrates who you are as an artist, and trust that it will be reviewed by fellow artist with generosity and appreciation. Do not let perfectionism get in the way of submitting your application. Recordings or portfolios you have created for other opportunities can be adapted for your ArtistYear application.

What do I need to know about the Early, Regular and Late Application pools?

At the end of each application pool cycle, ArtistYear reviews applications and fills positions with qualified candidates. So, the earlier you apply, the greater the number of open positions for which you can be considered. If you can make the early or regular pool deadlines, we recommend it. However, a significant number of applicants have been accepted from the late pool every year since ArtistYear began, so if you learn of the opportunity after a deadline, do not be dissuaded from applying.

What does “Admission Status Notification” mean?

At the end of the early and regular pool rounds, applicants will be notified whether they are:

  • Accepted: You have been offered a Service Year position with ArtistYear for 2019-2020 year.
  • Declined: You have not been accepted to ArtistYear this year.
  • Deferred: Your application has been deferred to the next pool round (regular or late) for additional consideration; this is not a rejection or an acceptance. ArtistYear defers applications for a variety of reasons, but most frequently to ensure a proper school placement can be matched for your artistic medium/skill set.
  • Wait List: You have been placed on a wait-list. Should any positions open before August 2021, you may come off the wait list to join ArtistYear.

 What should I expect in the interview?

You will speak virtually with representatives of ArtistYear for approximately 45 minutes. We use the interview as an opportunity to better understand your path as a Citizen-Artist, and to make sure ArtistYear is the right fit for you, your career ambitions, and your goals. We are very open about the challenges and opportunities of a year of service.