Teaching artist fellows are centered in strong artistic practice and share their skills and knowledge of their art form with students and the community. They are hired on a three-year contract and are responsible for standards-based instruction of up to five classes each year throughout Duval County. Each fellow manages a special project specific to their skillset and career goals and receives benefits such as higher education opportunities through a partnership with Jacksonville University, teaching certifications, specialized advanced training or opportunities specific to their field. This year, fellows will execute multiple virtual programs each quarter through a combination of live online classes and pre-recorded content.
CAP employs Florida certified teaching artists chosen for their accomplishments and expertise in their artistic field, ability to communicate with children and depth of experience in the classroom. Teaching artists have an average of more than 15 years’ experience as an artist and/or educator, and most possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in their arts discipline. They serve as positive role models who mentor students, guide them in building character and self-esteem, enhance academic success and teach the foundations of visual or performing arts. This year, teaching artists will execute programs through either in-person or virtual classes.