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Summer Teacher Residency


Imagine 12 days, away from the classroom, away from the distractions of life, back in the studio making work.

Through our Summer Teacher Residency, CIA brings together a diverse group of dedicated professionals for an unforgettable time of creativity and collegiality. You'll join a select group of art educators from across the country as you create a new body of studio work, and reinvigorate your teaching practice.

While on campus, residents are provided individual studio spaces, art-making supplies, and access to CIA's state-of-the-art facilities. A spirit of collaboration and community allows for regular feedback and input from your residency cohort, guided by our faculty advisors.


As a resident artist-educator you will develop a new, personal body of work with the support of an instructor in the studio. You’ll work independently, meet with a mentor for conceptual and material development, and participate in group critiques to enrich your practice. Professional development seminars are scheduled with partner institutions to enhance art room curriculum. At the end of the program, you’ll showcase the work created during your time at CIA in a group exhibition.

The upcoming 2023 residency will take place from June 12 to 24, and will be open to educators interested in several disciplines, divided into three areas of focus:


Can your school sponsor you?

Yes! Many educators can have their program fees fully or partially funded by their school or organization. Download the Make Your Case packet, which has tips for asking for sponsorship, and a letter of encouragement to present to your supervisor. 

Upon acceptance into the residency, CIA will send a packet including a schedule and detailed outline of professional development seminars for teachers to share with their schools for funding purposes.

COVID Precautions + Vaccination Requirement

Participants in the residency program are required to be fully vaccinated, regardless of age, or receive an approved exemption. Instructions on how to comply with that requirement and expectations surrounding COVID testing will be communicated to participants prior to those sessions starting.

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For more information:

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Summer Teacher Residency


“CIA’s teacher residency program is a rigorous and rewarding experience, one I will always cherish. The instruction and guidance were pivotal in helping me grow my body of work and my teaching practice.”

—Kristin Johnson
Ottawa Hills High School, 2019 Resident

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