Through its arts education programs, SMAC has cultivated a network of skilled teaching artists who can provide rich experiences that engage both children and adults in the arts through hands-on learning in dance, theatre, visual arts, music and literary arts. The Arts Education Directory includes over 80 local artists and arts organizations whose qualifications have been screened through the Arts Commission’s panel review process. The artists have experience teaching a variety of ages in school or community settings.

The Arts Education Directory is a searchable database of visual and performing artists and their arts education programs. The Directory lists workshops, residencies, performances, and field trips for all ages with contact information to book the artists.

Why hire a teaching artist?

Teaching artists can use their expertise in their art form to customize learning experiences to address the academic, social-emotional, or community learning objectives you have for your students or clients.

Why Arts Education?

  • It boosts literacy and math achievement, develops critical thinking skills and provides motivation to learn.
  • It strengthens problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills and encourages creative thinking.
  • It strengthens perseverance and facilitates cross-cultural understanding.
  • It increases confidence and self-discipline, improves behavior and relationships, and increases interest in pursuing other educational opportunities.
  • Arts learning can help older adults live longer, healthier lives with more vital cognitive functioning.