Pop Goes the Classroom programs are developed to be implemented by professional teaching artists. Teaching artists actively practice their art form outside of the learning environment. They are authors and artists, dancers and musicians. Teaching artists have mastered their art form and chose to give back to their field by fostering the next generation of arts patron and enthusiast. Opening the arts learning experience to everyone.
Our choice to use teaching artists is an important one. It informs our practice. It also informs our budget. We strive to balance the budgetary needs of the schools and community organizations we serve with the best practice recommendations put forth by the Arizona Commission on the Arts on teaching artist salary.