SCHOLARS

ArtsBridge Scholar Information

ARTSBRIDGE SCHOLARS are Utah State University students who:

  • Create, plan, and teach visual and performing arts lessons and projects in area K-12 schools and community settings.
  •  Work collaboratively with an assigned classroom teacher or community leaders to create unique lessons and projects in the arts which are linked to other areas of the curriculum (such as linking music to math, using plays to learn about U.S. History, creating dances to explore storytelling, or using poetry to explore science).
  • Create partnerships between university scholars and K-12 schools and community organizations. Work with a classroom host teacher or community leader in instructing K-12 students in art, dance, music, theater, creative writing, landscape architecture, and interior design, and provide arts enrichment for community needs.
  • Work with a class or community-based organization to provide hands-on instruction in the arts by sharing their knowledge as teaching artists.  

All USU students are eligible to apply. ArtsBridge awards are not limited to students with a major or minor in the arts. Team projects involving more than one USU student will be considered.

AWARDS: For their work as an ArtsBridge scholar, USU students receive a maximum $1,200 project stipend for their project.  Award size and distribution may vary depending on project size. $300 is the minimum award amount. Directed studies and fieldwork practicum credit is also available on a case-by-case basis.

APPLICATION: Applicants are required to develop and describe a preliminary project idea for what they would like to teach. Flexibility is vital. Adjustments or revisions to the project proposal are typically needed, in consideration of curricular, classroom or community needs. Students interested in applying to be an ArtsBridge scholar should complete and submit the attached application.

HOST TEACHERS: Each scholar works with a supervising classroom host teacher or community leader who plays an active role in project planning, classroom management, and the instruction of pupils. Host teachers are selected through recommendation and an ArtsBridge program approval process.

FACULTY MENTORS: ArtsBridge faculty mentors will provide guidance and mentorship throughout the project. ArtsBridge will provide orientation meetings and scholar workshops to explain policies and procedures and to bring together scholars, mentors, and host teachers for project planning meetings.

PROJECT PLANNING: Projects should be designed for a class of 20-30 pupils or 15-30 participants if the project is not classroom-based. Scholars are expected to develop lesson plans after consultation with their assigned host teacher/community leader, faculty mentor and the Arts Bridge program director. ArtsBridge will provide forms for lesson plans and project planning. Scholars are required to maintain a typed narrative journal of the project progress. Culminating performances, exhibitions, or other forms of presenting the work achieved by project participants are often attended by their peers, parents and community members. This ‘public sharing’ can be a powerful element of the project.

HOURS: ArtsBridge scholars doing a full project are required to complete a minimum of twenty teaching contact hours with their students/project participants during the semester. Teaching hours can be adjusted depending on the details and scope of the project with ‘pilot projects’ consisting of 8-12 contact hours also considered. ArtsBridge school-based projects are scheduled to correspond with the K-12 semester system. Scholars can expect to spend about two hours per week teaching in the classroom, and a minimum of two additional hours a week on lesson planning, project preparation, reviewing student work, and meeting with their faculty mentor. An ArtsBridge 90 minute weekly seminar is required.
 

SCHOLAR GUIDELINES

ArtsBridge Scholar Application

Please complete and submit this form to begin the application process:

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Please use you last name as listed in Banner
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Age group you would prefer to work with
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1 = inexperienced 8 = veteran
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Include name, phone number and/or email.
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Describe, in detail, your idea for a hands-on visual or performing arts project. What kind of workshop can you offer in your field to young pupils? ArtsBridge projects must integrate the arts into another part of the curriculum such as math or social studies. Describe how your lesson plans would use the arts to enhance another subject area of the curriculum. Please state class goals, techniques for achieving them, and teaching techniques. Attach an additional page if necessary. (You may attach additional pages as needed, but don’t get too attached to your proposal. If accepted, be prepared to make changes to your project design).
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