Homegrown Teaching Artist Institute for Cultural Equity is a comprehensive training program with a focus on supporting artists of color and artists born and raised in southeast Louisiana in accessing employment opportunities as teaching artists.

KID smART has an organizational commitment to racial and ethnic diversity and understands the importance of children working with adults who reflect their own cultural, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. Homegrown Teaching Artist Institute is designed to support artists as they build their skill sets to work in formalized educational settings (in-school, after school, summer camps, museums, etc.).

Participants of the 2017 workshop had opportunities to develop effective lesson plans, learn about childhood development through a cultural lens, and craft an arts education residency proposal. A second phase of the Teaching Artist Institute includes opportunities to connect with employers, learn about funding opportunities and apply for paid fellowships.

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