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Artists in Residence

VSA Michigan collaborates with educators in elementary and secondary schools to integrate dance, drama, music, literary, media and visual arts with the language arts, math, science, and social studies curricula in inclusive general and special education classrooms. Residencies include:

  • planning meetings with teaching artists and school staff
  • in-service workshops for teachers and paraprofessionals
  • classroom observations by the artists
  • classroom workshops taught by the artists
  • evaluation sessions with teachers
  • culminating events to give students opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned
  • teaching artists to exhibit or perform their creative work

VSAMI is currently engaging 1049 students, 962 of whom have disabilities, in learning in and through the arts taught by 38 professional artists collaborating with 101 classroom teachers in 33 Michigan schools.

If you would like to participate in this program as a teaching artist, please complete the Application for Teaching Artist and email it with your brief bio and resume to  For further information call VSAMI at (313) 870-9624.

If you would like to host an artist-in-residence at your school or in your classroom, please contact VSAMI by email or phone.


VSA Michigan is seeing dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, poets, storytellers and filmmakers who are interested in teaching their art to students with and without disabilities in classrooms throughout Michigan.  Candidates will receive special training for them to teach their art to differentiated learners.  Trainings will take place in nearby communities, plus a statewide training that will take place August 20-22 at Higgins Lake.  For more information about the statewide training visit the link under Professional Development.

Paid contractual positions will be available during the 2017-18 school year.

For more information or to apply to be a VSA Michigan teaching artist send an email to or call (313) 870-9624. Application for Teaching Artist