arts for learning lab

Arts for Learning Lab Update:


During the initial phases, the Arts for Learning Lab (A.L.L.) had been a year-long professional development program open to both artists and educators. However, due to COVID-19 and the unexpected interruptions in work, school, and personal life, we have opted to push the timeline back and offer the program in a condensed version (one semester only) which will occur in Spring 2021.  We hope this will give the community a chance to recover and those artists and educators interested in participating in a better chance to plan for the program. In addition, the reduced cost per participant for 2021 is $125 for educators and artists will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion. Space is limited.


What is the Arts for Learning Lab?


The Arts for Learning Lab (A.L.L.) is an educational partnership between Young Audiences of Houston and the University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts with support from the Departments of Dance, Theater, and Center for Art & Social Engagement.  The certificate training program offers a pathway for artists interested in entering the arts-in-education field. The program consists of 45 contact hours of professional development training, field experience with master artists, and collaborations between artists and educators in designing an arts-integrated residency.


For the 2020-2021 cohort, A.L.L. will incorporate Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts strategies into the curriculum and 2021-2022 expansion will include Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Music.


Who Can Participate:


Through A.L.L., professional community-based artists and educators are invited to invest in themselves! A.L.L. is an intensive, hands-on program where participants share their experiences in a common space as they develop their teaching and learning practices through the arts.


  • Dance, Theatre & Visual Artists both emerging and seasoned professionals, interested in diversifying their skills by learning and developing arts-integrated residencies for the K-5 classroom;

  • Schools, Classroom Educators, Fine Arts Specialists & Administrative Staff who seek out creative arts-based strategies to enhance their ability to reach all students regardless of socioeconomic, social, or cognitive limitations with an overarching goal of supporting children and their growth through sustained access to arts-in-education programs.


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-5 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:


  • Professional Development Seminars from master teaching artists 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 your practicums;

  • Joining the Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artist Roster for the 2021-2022 school 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;

  • 20-25 CPE credit hours for participation and completion of A.L.L.;

  • An in-classroom or virtual 4 session residency in partnership with a Teaching Artist.

Program Timeline
A.L.L. participants will engage in the following activities:
  • Arts for Learning Lab Intensive at the University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. Teaching Artists attend all three days.  Educators attend the final day only, January 9th.

    • January 7-9, 2021 @ 8AM – 5PM

  • Arts for Learning Lab Workshops bring together participating teaching artists in training and classroom educators for half-day continuing education sessions led by visiting master teaching artists. These workshops are held on Saturdays at the University of Houston:

    • January 30, 2021 @ 12PM-5PM

    • February 20, 2021 @ 12PM-5PM

    • May 15 or May 22, 2021 @ 12PM-5PM

  • Arts for Learning Lab Practicums are the on-site school visits with the teaching artist and their paired classroom educator to implement their co-collaborated residency. On-site visits will move to virtual visits if required due to COVID through Young Audiences' virtual studio. YAH staff and master teaching artists will observe, provide feedback, and document the program. 


Application Submission Details


Application Deadline:  December 5, 2020 (deadline extensions if needed)

*Educator Application: Download HERE
*It is recommended that teams of 3 educators per campus participate. No maximum limit of participants.

Artist Application: Download HERE

“As an educator, I am committed to fostering positive, collaborative relationships by cultivating transformational learning experiences in the classroom.  In this instance, the experience extended into meaningful professional development and collaboration with a theater artist. I found participating in this program to be very beneficial for my students. Some of my students who struggle with academics embraced the activities and created much deeper learning than would have happened without these interactions. It also motivated my students to independently dive deeper into the content and engage with more enthusiasm. As we did projects afterward surrounding the classification of animals, my students exhibited great creativity in their creations. I credit the Arts for Learning Lab experience for helping my students to feel comfortable branching out and embracing their creative capabilities.”
-Matthew Jefferson, Educator, Garden Oaks Montessori

*This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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