ArtistYear – FT arts education

Handshake Job #5459368 – ArtistYear is an AmeriCorps program for artists to dedicate themselves to a full-time year of service to address inequities in arts education across our nation.

WHAT WE DO: ArtistYear is dedicated to addressing inequities in arts education for K-12 students. To ensure that every low-income student in America has the opportunity to reap the social emotional and academic benefits associated with arts learning, ArtistYear created a national service arts corps. We train AmeriCorps Fellows—gifted recent graduates across all artistic disciplines—and support them as full-time teaching artists at high-poverty schools to expand and deepen arts education for low-income students. ArtistYear is the nation’s first AmeriCorps program focused on the arts.  

HOW WE DO IT: ArtistYear trains its Fellows to collaborate with teachers in high-poverty schools and supports them as they provide arts integration in academic subjects, after-school arts clubs, and arts interventions for at-risk youth. Each Fellow teaches about 200 K-12 students twice per week, dedicating 1,700 hours of arts education each school year to students who would otherwise have little or no arts access. This innovative strategy brings the recognized benefits of the arts to low-income youth, enhances the capacity and climate of schools, strengthens the larger community, and underscores the importance of service for the next generation of citizen-artists and arts educators. 

*Our rolling application process is open!* We are currently accepting applications for academic year 2021-22 positions in the following locations*:

  • The Borough of Queens, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Sandhills – Moore County and Lee County, North Carolina
  • Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado


  • A graduate of an accredited college or university by July 1, 2022.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher 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 history, art therapy, creative writing, dance, digital media, fashion design, fine arts, piano, photography, screenwriting, filmmaking, music composition, music education, theatre, viola, etc.
  • U.S. citizenship, national, or legal resident.
  • Due to the hiring restrictions as an AmeriCorps program, ArtistYear may only accept applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents
  • Able to dedicate up to 12-months to a full-time national service year.
  • Able to successfully pass all necessary background checks and clearances for working with youth.

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