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Frequently asked questions:
I’m having trouble with the online application form. What should I do?
Is graduate credit available for Art21 Educators?
Yes, accepted educators are able to receive a total of 6 graduate credits from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for participation in the full year of the program. Participants are responsible for paying the additional cost for the credits. Once accepted to the program, program participants will receive more information and a registration form. In addition, Art21 can provide individual letters to school districts or school administrators stipulating that participants were involved with a professional development initiative and have successfully completed PD hours.
Can I apply to Art21 Educators if I am a higher education professional or museum educator?
The program is oriented towards K–12 classroom teachers, but we are open to applicants representing varied institutional perspectives. All applicants must have a teaching context in which to apply programmatic resources and learning. If you apply from another educational context, please tell us how you anticipate benefiting from the program and applying the program to your specific work and teaching.
Can I apply to Art21 Educators if I am a not an art teacher?
Yes. Teachers from all subject areas are eligible and encouraged to apply for the program.
Can I apply to Art21 Educators if I am an educator living outside of North America?
We prioritize educators from North America due to time zone limitations, but we will review applicants from other areas of the world on a case-by-case basis.
If I have been rejected from a past year of Art21 Educators, can I apply again? Can I receive feedback on my application in order to make improvements?
Yes, you may apply to Art21 Educators if you were not selected in a previous year. Due to the number of applicants, we are unable to provide individual feedback to previous or current applicants.
What is the difference between the Art21 Educators program and the Summer Institute?
Art21 Educators is a year-long commitment that kicks off with the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is an intensive week of workshops, studio visits, guest presentations, and curriculum planning in New York City. The program continues during the academic year with monthly webinar forums, in addition to opportunities to engage via social media platforms throughout the year. Over these months, participants complete Art21 assignments and use Art21 principles to write, plan, and implement new curriculum in their classrooms. They document and share their work using video, photography, and writing. Throughout this tenure cohort peers and Art21 Education staff provide feedback on all submissions and are available for general guidance and support.
I am a graduate student in art education and would like to observe the Summer Institute as part of my research. Would this be possible?
We are happy to provide educational resources and information regarding the program, but we are unable to accommodate requests to observe the program due to the intimate nature of the institute and the community of participants.
Are there scholarships available to applicants?
Art21 offers limited scholarships to teachers who would not otherwise be able to attend the annual Summer Institute. Scholarship awards include housing booked by Art21 for the week at no cost to the awardee and a travel stipend of $500 to cover the cost of getting to and around New York City. Art21 scholarships do not cover food or entertainment costs.
To apply, interested applicants should send a brief essay (no longer than one page) explaining why they are deserving of a scholarship to attend the Institute and how their participation will impact their students and school community. Scholarship applications must be sent as PDF files to education [at] art21 [dot] org by April 3, 2020, Midnight EST to be considered. Please title the email “Scholarship Application” and include your full name and contact information in the body of the email. Awardees will be notified no later than April 30, 2020.
Can I be guaranteed a single room if I select that housing booked by Art21?
Art21 tries to make the process of staying in New York City as seamless as possible for visiting teachers. However, housing booked by Art21 is a mix of double and single rooms. Staff will try to accommodate requests, but there are no guarantees.
If you select to stay in Art21’s booked housing, you will be expected to fulfill the financial obligation of the room for the week. If you select to stay in housing arranged by Art21, you will be expected to fulfill the financial obligation of the room for the week.
Is it possible to share more materials than the application calls for (ex. lesson plans, personal websites, handouts, notes, rubrics, etc.)?
We encourage you to share any additional materials that speak to your candidacy. You can describe or link to additional materials by answering Question 12 in the Written Response section of the application.
I do not have access to video equipment. What other formats can I use for the video submission?
Access to professional video equipment is not a prerequisite.
Please note that many smartphones have cameras and applications that facilitate video creation.
If you do not have access to any video equipment, an audio/visual profile is still required. Possible forms include a photo-essay or slide-show with accompanying text or audio using PowerPoint. You can record an oral biography or create an annotated YouTube video playlist that tells us a story about you. You may also use a digital camera to shoot 1-2 minute video clips that you then combine with audio recordings. We greatly value your willingness to work with technology and gain skills in this area.
Will you offer this program again in the future?
Art21 Educators is an evolving program and we plan to continue to offer opportunities for educators in the future.
Since only a select number of applicants are selected, will there be a waiting list?
No. There will be no formal waiting list. Applicants are encouraged to apply again in future years.