Filipinx Teaching-Artist 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 Filipinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship (FTAF). In its sixth year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to a Filipinx 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 Bessie Carmichael Elementary School and the Filipino Education Center (FEC) with Galing Bata, an after school program that serves both newcomer and US born children and families through bilingual, multicultural services and programs. 

Working as a teaching-artist in residence for the full school year, the FTAF incorporates monthly themes from the BCE/ FEC cultural calendar into projects, which guide students in culturally relevant and responsive discussions, story-telling, and art-making activities. Instruction in the program is in English, but it is useful if the FTAF has basic proficiency in Tagalog.

In addition to teaching weekly in our Youth Education Program, the FTAF 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 FTAF 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.
  • Have a passion for working with and supporting under-resourced and/or marginalized groups.
  • Show enthusiasm for working individually and collaboratively to serve the community.
  • Have basic proficiency in Tagalog.


Awarded  FTAF 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 (Oct 2022) & Spring event (Apr 2023)


If possible, please submit all documents as PDFs (images can be JPGs) and email to with heading:  FTAF 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 2-3 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), between K-8.

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. 

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