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