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Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching

Teachers are some of our state’s best creative problem solvers and innovators. Great educators take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Those same attributes are the building blocks of creativity. The Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching is here to celebrate and support outstanding non-arts educators as they expand classroom teaching through creativity! Apply to be a member of the 2024 Cohort!

The Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching is a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Education. The Fellowship for Creative Teaching supports non-arts educators with robust training, funding, and a community of experts to inspire and implement creativity-centered innovation in the classroom.

Research shows creative teaching strategies, also known as arts integration, improves student engagement, student learning retention, and student literacy skills.

Integrating the arts into core subjects like reading, math, and science is a highly effective and rewarding approach to meeting standards while reaching diverse learners, engaging students, and making a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

Selected Creative Teaching Fellows will gather with their like-minded educator peers who are also looking to grow their teaching practice in innovative ways. After exploring what creativity in education can be in theory during the summer training, all Creative Teaching Fellows will collaborate with their Community Arts Partner to bring a professional, in-person artist residency in their classroom in the Fall semester to see the work in a real classroom setting.

Creative Teaching Fellows Receive:

  • Two days of immersive training in creativity and connections to standards
  • Access to a fully funded in-school creative arts residency
  • Support from community creative partners, experts, and professionals
  • Membership in a statewide community of energetic, innovative educators
  • A $1,000 honoraria

Access the 2024 guidelines.

Apply for the 2024 program.

Creative Educator Fellows Timeline
Applications Due (Access the Application)February 22, 2024
Notification of SelectionMarch 21, 2024
Online Welcome Session (Required)May 11, 2024 
Online Learning Session (Required)June 8, 2024
In-person Summer Institute (Required)July 10-12, 2024
Implement Arts Integration Residency ProjectFall 2024

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a licensed educator employed to teach any grade K – 12 during the 2023/2024 school year. (Special exceptions may be made through an IAC staff approval process)
  • Must be employed by a school operating in Indiana during the 2023/2024 school year.
  • Must be employed by a public school, public charter school, or accredited nonpublic school
  • Be an Indiana resident and remain a full time Indiana resident through the end of the fellowship period.
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen

*This program is not as beneficial for teachers who primarily teach arts classes

Unfortunately, this opportunity excludes:

  • Educators who teach exclusively at Colleges, Universities, or Higher education institutions
  • Non-licensed educators (unless approved by IAC staff)
  • Pre-k educators
  • Substitute educators not contracted for a full school year
  • Educators with temporary or emergency licenses
  • Educators who work exclusively out-of-school time (afterschool, summer)

Access the 2024 guidelines.

    Stephanie Haines
    Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
    Indiana Arts Commission

    (317) 450-9973

Twenty educators from across the state have been chosen to participate in hands-on training on integrating arts experiences into their classroom, along with the funds to make it happen.

The 2023-2024 Creative Educator Cohort is as follows:

  • Jennifer Gonzalez, Clarence Farrington School 61
  • Lori Vandeventer, Eastern Greene High School
  • Rachel Campbell-Maher, Christ the King Catholic School
  • Rebecca Harris, White River Valley Middle School
  • Susan Stewart, Riverside Elementary School
  • Rita Eblin, Washington High School
  • Heathar Bradbury, Clay High School
  • Jacquelyn Greer, Muncie Central High School
  • Stephanie Dodd, Franklin Central High School
  • Kaylene Huntsman, Shelbyville Central High School
  • Brittany Bleicher, Northside Middle School
  • Anna Grant, Jasper Middle School
  • Jennifer Stahl, West Washington Jr./Sr. High School
  • Paul Satchwill, Batesville High School
  • Nicole Brubaker, Manchester High School
  • Hailey Hutzell, Fairview Elementary
  • Josie Engdahl, Anderson Intermediate School
  • Darlene Rosario-Reese, Block Middle School
  • Emily Crapnell, Noblesville West Middle School
  • Franklin Oliver, University High School

Interested in learning more or getting involved, but not a member of the fellowship for this year?

The Summer Institute for Creative Teaching is a training workshop for Indiana educators. Through hands-on experience and collaboration with peers, participants will learn effective and innovative teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms. The program includes engaging artistic activities and opportunities to explore how creative teaching can enhance curriculum. This training will occur in conjunction with the training for the Indiana Educator Fellowship for Creative Teaching.

July 10-12, 2024

Central Indiana - Location Announced Soon

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Need more guidance? Check out these three projects from the 2023 Arts Integration Residency Educator Fellowship!

Mrs. Mason and Mrs. Mapes' English 11 classes from Eagle Tech Academy spent time studying the theme of "community" through the reading, analysis, and discussion of various texts ranging from song lyrics, films, short stories, non-fiction articles, works of art, and even excerpts from novels. During the spring semester the junior English learners will host an artist residency with Kassie Woodworth, a visual artist from Indianapolis. Together students, facilitators, and resident artist will collaborate to plan, design, and sew a class quilt sharing their insight, experiences, and beliefs surrounding the theme of "community", with each student working in a small group to create their own quilt square. Students will be pull from both our readings as well as personal experience, and Ms. Woodworth will assist students in developing their concept as well as instruct and guide them in various techniques they could use to create their quilt square. Upon completion the quilt squares will be sewn together, finished, and displayed publicly along with an eBook with written explanations. You can follow their progress on Eagle Tech Academy's Instagram - @etastudentlife or through Woodworth's personal Instagram -

-Melanie Mason, Columbia City High School
This semester, Childs School Second Graders will welcome local artist Lydia Amos as a Resident Artist during their library experience with Dr. Frye. During weekly engagements, Lydia will teach us about the art form of book design; help us make our own paper; design illustrations that correspond to our written words; and also bind our creations into a book. After the completion of the books, second graders will work together to plan and promote a community exhibition called the "Young Authors & Illustrators Fair" to share our stories with others. You can follow along on our writing journey on Twitter @childsschool.

-Julie Frye, Childs Elementary School

During the month of February 2023, the Kindergarten of David Turnham Education Center in Dale, IN will host a residency partnership with dance artist Carolyn Randolph of Jasper, IN.  Randolph will meet with students weekly to teach beginning dance, movement, and body control principles.  Through this partnership, students will also be focusing on Kindergarten Reading Standards, Spatial Awareness, and Indiana Employability Standard of Self-Confidence.  At the end of this partnership, students will present and celebrate their learning for the student assembly, coinciding with Read Across America Day.  Please follow our progress on Facebook: @David Turnham  or Instagram: @ArtWithMsEckerle.

-Corie Eckerle, David Turnham Education Center