Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship

Monday, May 21, 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, May 21, 2018
Digital Application Form


Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the San Francisco's Mid-Market/SOMA district. Root Division's mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. In order to increase professional opportunities for Latinx artists and to better serve our student population, we are currently seeking applicants for the 2018-19 Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship.

The fellow will act as Resident Teaching Artist in one of our partner school sites, Mission Education Center, a K-5 school for newly arrived immigrant students who speak only Spanish. Part of the commitment involves adapting an existing curriculum and project called My Two Homes, in which students participate in discussions and art-making around their transition to a new home in the U.S. The Fellow actively participates in developing and teaching these lessons, and they should:

  • Be fluent in both English and Spanish.
  • Demonstrate excellence in their studio practice and/or art-making.
  • Have one year of experience teaching or facilitating projects with groups.
  • Have a passion for working with underserved students.
  • Be available a minimum of 2 weekday afternoons per week from September 2018 through May 2019.

In addition to teaching weekly in our Youth Education Program, the Fellow Artist 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 24 hours per month of service with a focus on teaching youth, the artist will receive:

  • Free studio space for 12 months in our Studios Program located at 1131 Mission Street, San Francisco.
  • Teaching Stipend of $2000 ($1000 paid in Dec and $1000 paid in June).
  • Artist Stipend of $500 for art materials / production costs.
  • A unique opportunity and experience teaching youth.
  • Fellows are also eligible for free housing for 3 months (January - March 2019) at The Growlery.

Among the features of our space and unique organization:

  • Great peer network.
  • Excellent professional and creative development opportunities.
  • Individual and shared studio spaces from 110 - 250 sq. ft.
  • 24-hour access (NOT LIVE/WORK).
  • 1800 sq ft Break Room & Artist Project Space Gallery.
  • Shared Mac computers with: Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Shared woodshop, kitchen, bathrooms.


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating opportunities for underserved children and/or adults.
  • Minimum of one year of experience working with groups of children or youth.
  • Enthusiasm for working individually and as a team to serve the community.
  • Be available to contribute 24 volunteer hours per month to the organization, which includes two weekday afternoons per week.
  • Commitment of one year to the Fellowship/Studios Program: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
  • Able to attend monthly All Artist Meetings (7-8pm) on 7/11, 8/1, 8/29, 10/3, 10/31, 11/28, 1/2, 1/30, 2/27, 4/3, 5/1, 5/29
Please submit the following materials for review:
1.  Completed Digital Application Form.
2.  Cover letter: 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 (including name and contact info.)
4.  Examples of your own artwork (8-12 images and/or video documentation) with a corresponding image list.
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.
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 11 - 18, 2018 for interviewing first with Root Division’s Artist Selection Committee, and subsequently with Mission Education Center school staff.

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

Please see our Studios Program page for a general overview and information about our current Studio Artists.
To visit our studios at 1131 Mission Street, we prefer that you stop by during any of our upcoming events.  Our Installations & Facilities Manager, Susa Cortez 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. 
For any additional questions, please call 415.863.7668 or email Lindsay Howland, our Education Programs Manager at with any questions.