The Kennedy Center's workshops and courses for teachers are led by teaching artists from across the country. These teaching artists are noted for their extensive knowledge of their art form, its connections to the curriculum, and experience teaching their art form to students and teachers.
The Kennedy Center invites teaching artists to apply to the program. Once accepted, the Kennedy Center provides professional learning experiences for teaching artists about leading effective professional development workshops for teachers.
To work effectively in the program, the teaching artists must understand the program's goals and objectives as well as expectations for their work. Toward this end, teaching artists who will lead their first workshop for teachers at the Kennedy Center participate in an Orientation where they are introduced to the program, learn about how they will collaborate on the development of their workshop with a Kennedy Center staff member, and create an effective resource packet for teachers who attend their workshops.
An annual, three-day Retreat is open by invitation to artists who have previously presented workshops/courses at the Kennedy Center. The purpose of the Retreat is to explore advanced topics related to developing effective workshops/courses for teachers, to discuss other education issues, and to provide opportunities for teaching artists to network with colleagues from across the country.