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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply by August 26, 2022 to begin September 26, 2022!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort in the following locations*:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Borough of Queens, New York
  • The Sandhills - Moore County and Lee County, North Carolina 
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Aspen Valley, Colorado

ArtistYear is an AmeriCorps program for artists to dedicate themselves to a full-time year of service to address inequities in arts education across our nation.


ArtistYear is dedicated to addressing inequities in arts education for K-12 students. To ensure that every low-income student in America has the opportunity to reap the social emotional and academic benefits associated with arts learning, ArtistYear created a national service arts corps. We train AmeriCorps Resident Teaching Artists (RTAs)—gifted recent graduates across all artistic disciplines—and support them as full-time teaching artists at high-poverty schools to expand and deepen arts education for low-income students. ArtistYear is the nation's first AmeriCorps program focused on the arts. 



ArtistYear trains its RTAs to collaborate with teachers in high-poverty schools and supports them as they provide arts integration in academic subjects, after-school arts clubs, and arts interventions for at-risk youth. Each RTA teaches about 200 K-12 students twice per week, dedicating 1,700 hours of arts education each school year to students who would otherwise have little or no arts access. This innovative strategy brings the recognized benefits of the arts to low-income youth, enhances the capacity and climate of schools, strengthens the larger community, and underscores the importance of service for the next generation of citizen-artists and arts educators.


As an ArtistYear RTA responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A full-time (40 hours) Citizen-Artist service week in a Title I school, inclusive of: Teaching time and school common time hours; communication, meeting, planning and preparation hours; Partnership cultivation and arts program development planning time; Student performance or exhibition hours; Training and professional development requirements for school site and ArtistYear; ArtistYear obligations and responsibilities. Most service hours take place Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm; Hours may include evening and weekend times.
  • Full attendance and participation in all required professional development/training requirements, including the ArtistYear Orientation and Training Institute.
  • Designing, and teaching an issue-based arts curriculum and strategy that encourages student civic discourse and artistic mastery. This content and pedagogy will meet the needs and desires of school partners and students as well as the standards of ArtistYear.
  • Preparing and executing required Community arts events
  • Regular communication, meetings and collaboration with parents, school staff members, and the ArtistYear leadership.
  • Completing required documentation and records for school site and ArtistYear, such as daily virtual standup participation, blogging responsibilities, assessment protocols, lesson plans, mid-year and year-end reflections, and member graduation requirements.
  • On-time submission of all required timesheets and data collection reports.
  • Receiving and implementing regular and supportive feedback from ArtistYear leadership and/or school site supervisor on performance.


An ArtistYear AmeriCorps RTA is dedicated to the highest level of artistic excellence, possesses a deep commitment to service, and believes in the artistic potential of every child.

RTAs represent all artistic disciplines. They are actors, animators, art historians, cellists, ceramicists, composers, comics, creative writers, dancers, filmmakers, graphic designers, guitarists, illustrators, jazz musicians, photographers, playwrights, poets, recording engineers, screenwriters, sculptors, singers, storytellers, violinists, and visual artists. 


  • A graduate of an accredited college or university by July 1, 2022.
    • Bachelor's degree, Associate's Degree or higher.
  • Highly skilled in their artistic craft, holding a degree in an artistic field or having a comparable combination of education and experience in their artistic field. 
    • For example: Art history, art therapy, creative writing, dance, digital media, fashion design, fine arts, piano, photography, screenwriting, filmmaking, music composition, music education, theatre, viola, etc.
  • U.S. citizenship, national, or legal resident.
    • Due to the hiring restrictions as an AmeriCorps program, ArtistYear may only accept applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents
  • Able to dedicate up to 12-months to a full-time national service year.
  • Able to successfully pass all necessary background checks and clearances for working with youth.


We look for applicants who possess the following characteristics:

  • Dedication to the highest level of artistic excellence, deep commitment to service and belief in the artistic potential of every child.
  • Strong work ethic and sense of self:
  • Capacity to motivate and lead others;
  • Aptitude for organization, self-motivation, and problem-solving;
  • Ability to remain flexible and manage changing priorities and demands on time;
  • Facility with and a love for creative thinking;
  • Functional excellence in artistic, academic, professional, and/or volunteer settings.
  • Exceptional judgment:
    • Interpersonal maturity, compassion, and wisdom;
    • Confidential behavior and discretion;
    • Respect for individual’s and diverse experiences;
    • Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • Effective communication:
    • Easily engages others and demonstrates genuine interest in the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of others;
    • Speaks to the level, needs, and interests of a particular audience;
    • Comfortable with public speaking, writing, preparing presentations and/or speeches;
    • Possesses the ability to actively listen.


ArtistYear supports the professional development and personal growth of each RTA throughout the year of service. These benefits include:

  • A monthly living stipend of $1,750.
  • A stipend to cover health insurance if not already covered by an existing policy.
  • An educational award of $6,395 following successful completion of your service year.
  • Federal school loan forbearance during your ArtistYear.
  • Regular professional development/training opportunities in classroom management, child development, teaching artistry, creativity, arts education, and civic engagement.
  • Mentoring: on-site in your school assignment and through off-site sessions.
  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with a large range of stakeholders, including local community arts leaders, school district leadership, service year personnel, alumni, and more.
  • Exposure to and experience with critical 21st-Century artist skills, including non-profit strategy; leadership, teaching, advocacy, problem solving and communication skills, and intensive experience in community arts education.
  • A strong network of fellow ArtistYear colleagues and friends who will offer support, ideas, and collaboration both during your service year and beyond.
  • An opportunity to use your art to make a difference in the lives of children and schools.

*Please note, the number of service positions ArtistYear may offer in each location are dependent on funding.


ArtistYear was founded by Margo Drakos and Elizabeth Warshawer in 2016 based on their shared beliefs in educational equity, the value of the arts, and the importance of service.  Launched as a pilot program as a shared-delivery partner with the School District of Philadelphia, ArtistYear was certified as a 501c3 in its inaugural year and recognized as the first AmeriCorps national/state organization dedicated to service through the arts in summer 2017. In addition to its primary services in Philadelphia, ArtistYear now has satellite programs in The Borough of Queens, NY as well as in rural North Carolina and Colorado and the Greater Denver area. Having vetted, trained and placed three (3) RTAs serving 429 students in 2016, Artist Year placed over 65 RTAs in school year 2020-2021 (210 RTAs since its founding) and reached over 16,200 non-duplicated students, partnering with 61 schools, and providing upwards of 110,500 hours of virtual or in-person arts education in school year 2020-2021.

ArtistYear provides equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

*Please Note: ArtistYear highly encourages all members to be vaccinated regardless of service site location. If you are serving within a school district that implements a vaccine mandate at any point during your service year, you will be required to comply by getting vaccinated and providing proof of your vaccination. You WILL NOT be eligible to serve if you do not comply with your school district's vaccine mandate.