Latinx Teaching Artist Fellowship


Priority Deadline: Monday, May 9, 2022

About the Latinx Teaching Artist Fellowship

Root Division is currently seeking applicants for the 2022-23 Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship (LTAF). In its 13th year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to two Latinx artists in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves teaching classes two afternoons per week at Mission Education Center (MEC), a K-5 newcomer school for children who have recently emigrated from Latin America to San Francisco.

Working as teaching-artists in residence for the full school year, LTAFs develop and facilitate projects in our My Two Homes curriculum, which guides students in discussions, story-telling, and art-making around in their transition to a new home in the U.S. Instruction at MEC is entirely in Spanish, so LTAFs are expected to be fluent in both English and Spanish.

In addition to teaching weekly in our Youth Education Program, the LTAF will be part of the Studios Program, being involved in any or all of the following areas:

  • Teach art classes to adults in our Adult Education Program.
  • Produce and install exhibitions for our Exhibitions & Events Program.
  • Outreach and development for the organization and its programs.

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 $5,000 (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 shared Digital Lab.


  • Strong LTAF candidates…
  • Are bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrate excellence in their studio practice and/or art-making.
  • Have a minimum of one year of experience teaching or facilitating projects with groups.
  • Have a passion for working with underserved students or adults.
  • Show enthusiasm for working individually and collaboratively to serve the community.


  • Awarded LTAF will be asked to commit to an average of 20 volunteer hours per month to the organization from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. This includes:
  • Time making artwork in the studio
  • A minimum of 2 weekday afternoons per week to teach from September 2022 through May 2023
  • Helping produce and attending the New Growth student showcase on May 13, 2023
  • Monthly All Artist Meetings (one Wednesday evening per month: July 2021-June 2022)
  • Attending & supporting two fundraising events: Art Auction (Oct 2022) & Spring event (Apr 2023)

Submission Information

If possible, please submit all documents as PDFs (images can be JPGs) and email to with heading: LTAF App – {Your Last Name}.

Application Materials

Please submit the following materials for review:

  • Application Form: Completed as Digital Application Form .
  • Cover Letter (PDF 1 page 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.
  • Artist resume and/or Professional resume. (PDF 1-2 page max)
  • 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.)
  • Artist Statement about your artwork (as seen in images submitted).
  • 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.)
  • 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 1–15, 2022 for interviewing — first with Root Division’s Artist Selection Committee, and subsequently with partner school staff.

Questions And Contact Information

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 Michael Gabrielle, our Education Programs Manager at or call 415.863.7668.

To visit our studios at 1131 Mission Street, please email to schedule a short tour with someone on our team.