Blau-Gold Studio/Teaching Fellowship

Monday, May 20, 2019

Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 1 - 10, 2019 for interviews.

Digital Application Form



Root Division is currently seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Blau-Gold Studio/ Teaching Fellowship (BGSTF). In its seventh 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 students at one of our Youth Education partner sites. Working as a teaching-artist in residence for the full school year, the BGSTF adapts a curriculum and develops a series of semester-long projects.


In addition to teaching weekly in our Youth Education Program, the BGSTF will be part of the Studios Program, volunteering time towards Root Division's mission in any or all of the following areas:

In exchange for an average of 20 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 $2300 (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 Digital Lab, including low-cost production use of large format printer, 3D printer, scanners, and other tools.


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)


Awarded  BGSTF will be asked to commit to...

  • An average of 20 volunteer hours per month to the organization from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
  • A minimum of 1-2 weekday afternoons per week from September 2019 through May 2020.
  • Helping produce and attending the New Growth student showcase on May 9, 2020
  • Attending monthly All Artist Meetings (one Wednesday evening per month) from July 2019-June 2020
  • Attending Second Saturday receptions (the second Saturday evening of each month) from July 2019-June 2020
  • Attending other events as scheduled (includes Art Auction in October 2019 & TASTE 2020 in April 2020)


Please submit all documents as PDFs and images as JPGs zipped into a file and email to with heading: BGSTF App - Your Last Name.



  1. Please submit the following materials for review:
  2. Application Form: Completed as Digital Google Form.
  3. Cover Letter (PDF at 1MB 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.
  4. Artist resume and/or Professional resume. (PDF at 1MB max)
  5. Examples of your artwork (up to 12 images), with a corresponding image info. (Ideally the image jpgs and info are compiled and attached into a single PDF at 10MB max.)
  6. Artist Statement about your artwork (as seen in images submitted).
  7. 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.)
  8. Two example lesson plans for art projects, indicating the appropriate target grade level(s), K-5.


Finalists will be asked to prepare an outline of a project proposal / curriculum plan for a 20-week class.

Application process includes submitting completed Fellowship Application Form and required materials. Finalists must be available between June 1 - 10, 2019 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 Lindsay Howland, our Education Programs Director at  or call 415.863.7668.


To visit our studios at 1131 Mission Street, we prefer that you stop by during any of our upcoming events. OurArt Programs Manager, Samantha Reynolds, is also available for a short tour during our office hours (Mon-Fri, 11 am-6 pm). Space is limited, so please email her at to schedule a meeting time.


** 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.