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How to Join the YIA Mentor Artist Roster


Application Process

Youth in Arts takes pride in the quality of artists on our roster, both as teachers and as working artists. Our process for adding roster artists is fairly intensive, and we generally only add artists who meet our current programming needs. For that reason, we strongly suggest you spend some time on our site and review our current programs before you submit an inquiry online or contact our staff.

You may also click the “Tour YIA” button at right to sign up for one of our upcoming “Turn on the Lights” tours at our site in downtown San Rafael. This is the best way to familiarize yourself with our work, programs and organizational vision.

YIA Mentor Artists work on a contract basis as needed by individual school and community sites, primarily during the academic year from September-June. We most typically list artists who can provide one or more of the following:

  • 45 minute educational performance with minimal technical requirements
  • 8-30 week visual, performing or new media arts residency aligned with California K-12 standards
  • Tailored visual, performing or new media arts residency for students with special needs
  • 45-60 minute workshop in a culturally distinct art form, preferably aligned with California History/Social Science curriculum

With the exception of ensemble members who appear only in performances, all artists who propose to teach with you must be included in information you submit to us online and must participate in our interview process.

Some prerequisites for being considered for the Mentor Artist roster are:

  • Classroom teaching experience
  • Capacity for lesson planning
  • Classroom management skills
  • Age, cultural and developmental appropriateness of projects
  • Familiarity with the California State Visual & Performing Arts Standards
  • Ability to link programs to other academic curricula
  • Understanding of Common Core curriculum a plus

If after reviewing our programs, you feel that you are a good match for our roster, please complete our online Artist Information Form with all required attachments.

So you can prepare to complete the Information Form fully, the following attachments are required:

  • Microsoft Word or PDF description for one program you offer including materials, essential techniques, student processes and culminating project/event
  • Current resumé

In addition, we strongly encourage you provide the following additional attachments:

  • Bio or Artist Statement
  • Sample curriculum you have written
  • Photo of yourself and/or you and your students at work
  • Video link of yourself and/or you and your students at work

All inquiries via phone, email or snail mail will ultimately be referred back to our online form.

After you submit the online form, we may contact you for an interview, and possibly a class observation. In addition, we often require an audition or presentation in your area of expertise. It is critical that Mentor Artists be both high quality artists and experienced educators.

We typically interview and add new artists to our roster in August. If you submit materials at a different time of year, that is fine, but we may let you know that we will review your information in August.

We have more requests to join our roster than we can accommodate, and we decline good programs every year because they do not fit well into our overall offerings. Again, we encourage you to spend some time exploring our website before you take the time to apply.