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Teaching Artist Residencies



Creative Sonoma is offering free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public and charter schools. The residencies provide access to a creative, collective experience for students to share in empowering artistic experiences that build resilience and encourage empathy. The arts have many benefits in a learning environment and create unique, hands-on opportunities to increase self-esteem, decrease depression, and reduce stress. The experiences encourage students to think, consider, collaborate, and problem solve creatively. All of these 21st century skills have been demonstrated to contribute to student success both in school and in careers.The Creative Sonoma arts residencies were initially designed to respond to trauma experienced in our schools as a result of the 2017 fires. Creative Sonoma has hosted intensive training sessions for local teaching artists to help them enhance their skills in providing arts residencies for students impacted by various traumas and how to engage and empower students through creative pathways. Residencies with these teaching artists are continuing now through December 2019 or as funds allow and are available to all schools in the County, not just those that were physically impacted by the fires.

For the purpose of this program, residencies are defined as 8 hours: 6 hours of student contact time and 2 hours of prep and collaboration for the teaching artist. A brief outline of the central responsibilities for schools is listed below.


School Responsibilities include:

Provide students for the residency – the same group of students throughout each individual residency
Collaborate with the teaching artist to plan the residency content, including letting the teaching artist know of any core skills to be addressed
Be flexible with the artist in planning the residency to achieve the best possible result for the students
Provide all agreed-upon venue-related gear, i.e., classroom, a/v, tables, etc.
Classroom teacher must be present throughout the duration of the residency
Complete a post-event evaluation
Schools completing residencies will receive a Recognition for Participation decal for display, as well as an e-badge to acknowledge their support of arts education.