National Residency Teaching Artist Credential

Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC) articulates what effective, high quality teaching artistry looks like in K-12 school-based residencies, and formally endorses exceptional teaching artists who embody excellence in four competency areas:

  • Artistry
  • Instruction
  • Preparation & Planning
  • Community


The TAC recognizes seasoned teaching artists at a national level for their previous training, experience and skill in implementing school-based arts-integrated residencies, and offers a practical pathway to advance toward excellence for less experienced teaching artists.  Additionally, this nationally-recognized credential validates teaching artistry as a field, and advances arts in education by providing quality assurance for schools, promoting collaboration between classroom teachers and teaching artists, and, above all, ensuring successful learning outcomes for students.


Application Instructions

Applications for 2018-2019 TAC program have now closed. Stay tuned for details on the 2019-2020 Application Cycle, which will be announced in Summer 2019. For more information, please download the 2018-2019 Call for Applications. General questions about the program and application process can be directed to


National Residency Teaching Artist Credential Working Group

The National Residency Teaching Artist Credential is administered by a collaborative, ad hoc working group, including staff from the national office of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and several network affiliates across the country. The working group is counseled by an advisory committee consisting of stakeholders from federal and state arts and education agencies, arts education nonprofits, foundations and universities across the country.  For more information about participating as a working group or advisory committee member, please contact Stacie Sanders Evans, President & CEO of Young Audiences of Maryland and TAC Working Group Chair, at

National Residency Teaching Artist Credential Program