FRANKFORT, Ky. — Artists interested in collaborating with Kentucky schools through Kentucky Arts Council arts education programs may now apply for inclusion in the agency’s Teaching Artists Directory.

The Teaching Artists Directory promotes artists who produce high-quality artistic work in addition to having the skills needed to collaborate with teachers to design and implement arts-based residencies in schools. The arts council requires all schools applying for grant funds to employ artists from the Teaching Artists Directory.

“Kentucky schools have exhibited a broad range of needs and interests when it comes to creating innovative and exciting arts education programs for their students,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the arts council. “Artists in the Teaching Artists Directory serve an important role in the education of Kentucky schoolchildren and have the opportunity to make a tremendous and long-lasting impression through the arts.”

Professional and folk artists who live in Kentucky and are proficient in developing lesson plans and working in a classroom setting may apply to be a teaching artist.

The Teaching Artists Directory is an adjudicated directory of artists qualified to work in educational settings. The directory serves as a resource for schools of all levels as well as a variety of organizations that may want to employ qualified teaching artists.

Approved teaching artists may work in partnership with Kentucky schools through applications to the Teaching Art Together grant. Teaching artists in the literary arts, storytelling and theatre disciplines may also partner with schools in the Poetry Out Loud Program.

Guidelines and application information are listed on the program application webpage. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. For more information, contact Christopher Cathers, program branch manager, at 502-564-3757, ext. 488, or christopher.cathers@ky.gov.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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