Teaching Artists Program


The Teaching Artist Program

The Teaching Artist Program provides the opportunity for your students to experience a broad range of art forms and innovative arts activities in your classroom and school! Music, movement, creative writing, visual arts, and folk life are only a few of the available topics for you to consider. Each of the Session Options is designed and presented by a local professional Teaching Artist. The quality of our education programs is directly related to the high caliber and expertise of our Teaching Artists.

The arts can be integrated with all areas of curriculum and are proven to enhance student learning. Even when using the arts in limited ways, students are responsive and enthusiastic. Invite a Teaching Artist to your classroom and experience the arts as powerful teaching, learning and motivational tools.

See chart below for a list of our teaching artists.

Visual Artists

  • Diane Baker
  • Connie Boustany
  • Roz Fisher
  • Julie Fox
  • Mary Morgan
  • Sasha Nick
  • Joli Noel
  • Deborah Simeral

Creative Movement Artist

  • Lynne Clearfield
  • Joli Noel

Creative Writing Artist

  • Kelly Clayton
  • Theresa Singleton

Theatre / Storytelling

  • Daphne Thomas

Music Artist

  • Jeremy Benoit “JB Saax”
  • Andrea Kapell Loewy
  • Dave Trainer


Click Here for the 2017–2018 artist roster and info.

Click here for the Artist Application (Word Document)

Click here for the Reference Form (Word Document)

Session Option and Fees

The Teaching Artist Program in the Schools is available to all Acadiana schools. Each of the Session Options listed below (Single Session, Short-Term Residency and Mini-Presentation) carries a cost of $120, plus supplies and transportation costs.

Single session:A single session is 45-60 minutes in length. It is designed for one class (no combining classes). Single sessions must be scheduled in a set of three, on the same day, for three different classes, with the same Teaching Artist. Short-term residency: Consists of a set of three single, sequential sessions presented by one Teaching Artist and designed to be hosted by one teacher and their class.

Mini-presentation: Consists of one demonstration or mini-performance by a Teaching Artist for an assembly of three classes.

Lafayette Parish public schools are eligible for a limited number of sessions at no direct cost to their school. Ask the Arts Liaison at your school about eligibility.

If you have questions or need help finding the right teaching artist to fit your needs, contact the AcA's Education Department at (337) 233-7060.


Apply to join the Teaching Artist Roster. Check out these resources to get you started.