arts for learning lab


Arts for Learning Lab (A.L.L.) is a year-long professional development pipeline for emerging and established artists who wish to enter the arts-in-education field; educators who seek out creative arts-based strategies to enhance their ability to reach all students, regardless of socio-economic, social, or cognitive limitations; with an overarching goal of supporting children and their overall growth through sustained access to high-quality arts-in-education and arts-based programs.

The Arts for Learning Lab (A.L.L.) is an educational partnership between University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and Young Audiences of Houston with faculty support from the Departments of Dance, Theater, and Center for Art & Social Engagement.


For the 2019-2020 year, A.L.L. will incorporate Dance and Theatre strategies and training across the program. 

Who Can Participate:


Through A.L.L., professional community-based artists and educators will be invited to invest in themselves! A.L.L. is an intensive program where we invite participants to share their experiences, while also sharing in a common space to develop their teaching and learning practice through the arts. 


Program Goals: 
  • Provide high-quality arts-integration residencies to youth;

  • Provide recognition and support to the teaching artist field by providing professional development to professional artists with low access to training and support;

  • Provide professional development to K-12 educators in arts-integration;

  • Raise the level of quality and skill of arts-integration practices;

  • Increase the number of artists and educators providing arts-based strategies in our K-12 schools.


Artists will benefit from:


  • Seminars in designing, writing, and teaching artist-in-residence programs aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the National Fine Arts Standards;

  • Opportunities to field test your lessons and receive feedback from teachers and colleagues during the Spring semester;

  • Free admission to the Houston Arts Partners Conference on September 13-14, 2019 at UH Downtown;

  • Joining the Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist Roster for the 2020-2021 schools year, with annual contract renewal based on continued positive performance.


Educators will benefit from:
  • Professional development seminars from Master Teaching Artists, Administrators, and Educational Leaders around arts-integration and learning;

  • Free 2-day admission to the Houston Arts Partners Conference on September 13-14, 2019 at UH Downtown;

  • 25 CPE credit hours for participation and completion of A.L.L.;

  • An in-classroom 4 sessions residency in partnership with a Teaching Artist.

Program Timeline
During the 2019 - 2020 year, ALL participants will participate in the following activities:
  • August 1-3: Arts For Learning Lab Intensive at University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. Teaching Artists attend all three days while participating educators only attend the final day on August 3rd. 

  • Fall 2019: Arts for Learning Lab Workshops will invite participating teaching artists in training and classroom educators together for half-day continuing education workshops with visiting master teaching artists. These workshops are held on Saturdays at either the University of Houston or on the grounds of a participating ALL campus. Attendees will spend time further exploring arts integration topics and strategies, participate in modeled lessons, and be given time to plan with arts integration units

  • Spring 2020: ALL implementation - teaching artists in training will visit their partner classrooms to implement their chosen unit of study. Young Audiences staff and master teaching artists will observe, provide feedback, and document the program. 


Application Submission Details


If you are considering applying, please contact Sophia Torres for deadline details (713-520-9264 or

*Educator Application: Download HERE

Artist Application: Download HERE

*It is recommended that teams of 3 educators per campus participate.


Submissions and questions should be directed to Sophia Torres.


Ph: (713) 520-9264 x103

The Arts for Learning Lab is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

Phone: 713.520.9267

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

Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston © 2019