Blau-Gold Studio/ Teaching Fellowship

Application Deadline: EXTENDED to Sunday, May 15, 2022

Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 1–15, 2022 for interviews.


Root Division is currently seeking applicants for the 2022–23 Blau-Gold Studio/ Teaching Fellowship (BGSTF). In its ninth year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to a teaching artist in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves teaching classes one to two afternoons per week at one of our Youth Education partner program sites. Working as a teaching-artist in residence for the full school year, the BGSTF plans a curriculum and develops a series of accessible, relevant, and fun projects for the students at a local school site. 

In addition to teaching weekly in our Youth Education Program, the BGSTF will be part of the Studios Program, being involved in any or all of the following areas:

In exchange for an average of 16 hours per month of service with a focus on teaching youth, the artist will receive:

  • Free studio work space for 12 months in our Studios Program facility located at 1131 Mission Street, SF. 
  • Artist/ Teaching Stipend of $4,000 (Portions paid quarterly based on project milestones)
  • Access to a network of peers and resources for creative and professional development
  • Opportunity to exhibit in our Studio Artist Project Space Gallery.

Among the features of our space:

  • 24-hour access (WORK ONLY / NOT LIVE-IN).
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Shared lounge, kitchen, bathrooms, & utility sinks.
  • Shared woodshop and tools.
  • Access to shared Digital Lab.


Strong BGSTF candidates…

  • Demonstrate excellence in their studio practice and/or art-making.
  • Have a minimum of one year of experience teaching or facilitating projects with groups of children or youth.
  • Have a passion for working with underserved youth or adults.
  • Show enthusiasm for working individually and collaboratively to serve the community.
  • Reside in one of the nine Bay Area counties.
  • Are bilingual (Many of our programs serve English Language Learners, with the other languages as Spanish and Tagalog.)


Awarded  BGSTF will be asked to commit to an average of 16 volunteer hours per month to the organization from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. This includes:

  • Time making artwork in the studio
  • A minimum of 1–2 weekday afternoons per week to teach from September 2022 through May 2023
  • Helping produce and attending the New Growth student showcase on May 13, 2023
  • Monthly All Artist Meetings (one Wednesday evening per month: July 2022–June 2023)
  • Attending & supporting two fundraising events: Art Auction (October 2022) & Spring event (April 2023)


If possible, please submit all documents as PDFs (images can be JPGs) and email to with heading:  BGSTF App – {Your Last Name}.

Application Materials

Please submit the following materials for review:

  1.  Application Form: Completed as Digital Application Form .
  2. Cover Letter (PDF: 1 page max): Please introduce yourself, tell us why you are interested in the Root Division community, and how this fellowship would impact you as an artist and/or teacher. Please add three references (contact name, email, phone) at the bottom of the letter.
  3. Artist resume and/or Professional resume. (PDF 1-2 page max)
  4. Images of your current artwork (up to 12) and corresponding image info (Title, Year, Media, Size); Ideally the image jpgs and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)
  5. Artist Statement about your artwork (as seen in images submitted).
  6. Examples of student work (6-8 images and/or video documentation) from successful projects in which you worked with children or youth. (Ideally the image jpgs and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)
  7. Two example lesson plans for art projects, indicating the appropriate target grade level(s), K-5.

Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 1–15, 2022 for interviewing — first with Root Division’s Artist Selection Committee, and subsequently with partner school staff.


We encourage fellowship applicants to learn more about Root Division by reviewing the info on our Studios Program page as well as checking out our current Studio Artists

For any additional questions about the fellowships, please email Michael Gabrielle, our Education Programs Manager at or call 415.863.7668.

To visit our studios at 1131 Mission Street, please email to schedule a short tour with someone on our team. 

** The Blau-Gold Studio/ Teaching Fellowship (BGSTF) was initiated by a gift from the estate of the late Lonny Darwin, a supporter of education and the arts. The Fellowship, named for Ms. Darwin’s late mother, Emmy Blau- Gold, is designed to support an emerging artist for one year by providing free studio space and a monetary stipend. 

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