teaching artists

If you would like to become a Young Audiences of Houston Artist, please fill out our standard application by clicking on the link below. If we feel your skills match our current needs, we will contact you at that time. New artists are reviewed throughout the year by the program and education staff and all applications will be kept on file. Contracts are typically offered in June.


2020-2021 YAH Artist Application: DOWNLOAD HERE


Young Audiences Signature Elements


Experience: A signature program will include an experience with the art form delivered by professional artists and will give participants the opportunity to interact with the work(s) of art itself. Experiences will inspire, engage and encourage interest and exploration in the arts and learning.


Understand: A signature program will illuminate the art form through its cultural context, creative processes, and/or the role of the artist and artistic expression.


Create: A signature program will engage participants in the process of creating and empower them to make artistic choices.


Connect: A signature program will enable and encourage participants to link program content to personal experiences, other academic learning, and/or life skill development.


Young Audiences teaching artists are qualified, professional artists who have been selected after a rigorous application and audition/interview process. They are selected for both the quality of their artistry and the educational content of their programs. They are offered ongoing professional development opportunities at Young Audiences of Houston as part of the YA national initiative and with our partners in the Houston Arts Education field. In addition to their regular in-school programs for students, many of our artists also offer afterschool programs for students and/or professional development workshops for teachers. Artist offerings must be exclusive programming through Young Audiences of Houston (exceptions for touring artists). 


For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us.



Young Audiences Artist Criteria


Young Audiences is looking for professional artists who are able to demonstrate the following:


  • Artistic excellence in their chosen discipline

  • Experience with in‐school programming

  • Excellent classroom communication skills whether on stage or in the classroom

  • A well‐planned arts program which connects to an age‐appropriate student audience

  • A friendly, professional and highly responsible demeanor with a willingness to respond quickly to all communications from Young Audiences

  • A willingness to submit to yearly background checks including: An FBI fingerprint check, a child abuse check and a criminal background check

  • A willingness to attend Young Audiences artists training sessions



How to Apply to Become a Young Audiences Artist


Please send the following information:


  • A completed Artist Application Form (available in PDF and Word versions above)

  • Current Resume (please include your education and work with children)

  • Artist Statement - tell us about you as an artist, your artwork, your discipline (list all if more than one), your work with children, and why you want to be a Young Audiences teaching artist.

  • An assembly program summary (if applicable) or a sample lesson plan for a one-day workshop and a multiple-day workshop. Include supplies, fees for supplies and appropriate grade levels (if applicable)

  • Sample Professional Development Lesson Plan (if applicable)

  • Samples of your artwork - Visual Arts: 5 personal and, if available, 5 student (must be high resolution and .jpg format); Performing Arts: CD or DVD of your work and work with children

  • Contact information for two professional references



We will review your application and materials. If we are interested in bringing you onto our artist-in-residence roster, we will contact you to schedule an interview and to observe your work with children.

Phone: 713.520.9264

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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