Tune in for the Teaching Artist Substitute Initiative presented by Arts Ed Collaborative and the Creative Learning Network!

During the spring of 2021, the AEC team worked with a cohort of teaching artists to investigate what a teaching artist might need to know and do to work as a substitute teacher. This effort is supported by The Grable Foundation’s Tomorrow Campaign and addresses three regional challenges:

  • A serious substitute teacher shortage experienced in school districts across the region
  • Insufficient and inequitable access to arts learning opportunities with professional artists during the school day
  • Instability within the teaching artist profession and need for better paying and longer-term employment opportunities


  • Free training through the Guest Substitute Teacher Program hosted by Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • $300 stipend when training is complete to cover the cost of
  • Clearances
  • Physical
  • Field Guide filled with lesson ideas and classroom strategies to support arts integration across creative disciplines and grade levels
  • Get connected with a school district open to exploring news way to increase arts learning during the school day


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree (any subject area)
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Available for mandatory in-person training on Nov. 5th 1-5pm