Developing your idea

It is essential for artists or arts and cultural organisations to spend time thinking about what you want to contribute to the arts learning of teachers and/or students.
In developing a project or program idea here are some points to consider:
  • Is this arts in education project part of your business plan or a one off project?
  • What skills and qualities do you as an artist have to offer to a school?
  • Which elements of your current artistic practice do you believe will be the most interesting to students?
  • Have you conducted research into the existing, or not, arts programs of schools and/or needs of teachers delivering the curriculum?
  • Which age group or learning year level would you like to work with?
  • Can you articulate and present information to educators about your work and the work you are proposing to undertake in a school?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • As a public program, can you provide the school with evidence that the project you are offering has been fully developed and shows a high level of professional skill, execution and production?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a good role model?
  • Will you be providing professional learning opportunities for teachers?
  • Will the project you wish to undertake contribute to the professionalism of artists working in schools?
  • How will working on this project extend my current arts practice?
What is a teaching artist? Read about the arts in education experiences of the Artist-in-Residence Grants Program (AiR) Alumni.
Are you an emerging artist looking for advice about how to sustain your career long term? Are you considering supplementing your practice by becoming a Teaching Artist, or do you just need to reassess your practice? 'Making your Life as an Artist' by USA based choreographer Andrew Simonet [2014], is a free ebook, which takes a serious and at times mordantly humorous look at the creative process of surviving and thriving as a professional artist. You can download the book free from