Arts Integration

In 1977, Sierra Arts Foundation formed an alliance with Washoe County School District to provide various onsite arts education instruction to elementary, middle, and high schools in the areas of literary, movement, theater, and visual arts.

Teaching Artists in Residence

Sierra Arts Foundation recruits, hires, and trains professional teaching artists to bring art integration initiatives into schools in Washoe County School District. Our teaching artists are two-career professionals, working as both an artist and arts educator. As a working artist, they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, creation and exhibition, and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, they are a crucial resource for students lifelong learning in the arts.  Our teaching artists will spend six consecutive weeks onsite in each classroom during school hours teaching middle and high school students base art lessons in areas of literary, movement, theater and visual arts. Sierra Arts Foundation provides all teaching materials, art supplies, and teaching-artist salaries.

Literacy Learning
through Arts Integration

This program is an onsite 24-week long collaboration project between regular elementary school classroom teachers and our teaching artists. The goal of the program is for the two to work together introducing arts-based teaching strategies integrated with core content such as math, english, or science with an emphasis on improved literacy learning. Arts integration enhances elementary school students engagement and depth of knowledge in various core academic subject areas. Arts Integration is a modality that has been shown to work successfully across all socio-economic boundaries.

Our teaching artists are two-career professionals, working as an artist and arts educator.

Artists and Arts Educators

Teaching artists are selected based on following criteria: a MFA or BFA in an art discipline, expertise working as a professional artist, and three years of direct K-12 teaching experience
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Arts in Education Schedule

Sierra Arts appoints teaching artists to serve at selected WCSD elementary school, one-two times a week, for one school year.

Sierra Arts Foundation provides all teaching materials, art supplies, and teaching-artist salaries. Teaching artists spend 6-weeks in each classroom until all grades have been served arts education.

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Artist Selection Process

Teaching artists are carefully selected based on their expertise working as a professional artist and arts educator.

Preference may be given to applicants with a BFA or MFA and three years of direct k-12 teaching experience. Qualified applicants are reviewed and interviews are scheduled for the top candidates.

Support Arts Education

Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work. We have many resources for the artists in our community.

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors and Art Patrons

Nevada’s premier arts organization & resource center.

In 1987 Sierra Arts Foundation began awarding grants to artists of all disciplines living within a 100-mile radius.

Get In Touch

Artist Reception

Sierra Arts Foundation 17 S. Virginia Street Reno, NV 89501

(775) 329-2787

Gallery Hours

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday through Friday
Saturday: 11:00 – 3:00

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