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2014 logo for the 29th Annual Arts Teacher of the Year ProgramArts Excellence 2014
29th Annual Arts Teacher of the Year Awards
Recognizing Outstanding Educators in the Arts

Link to Application

Teaching Artist Recognition Award

Application Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014 • 11:59 p.m.

About The Teaching Artist Recognition Award
Teaching artists are crucial to the sustainability and advancement of arts education. To increase public awareness of the importance of arts education in our everyday lives, the Arts Teacher of the Year Program was expanded in 2013 to recognize and promote not only school-based arts teachers, but also teaching artists working throughout Broward County schools and communities.

The Teaching Artist Recognition Award honors an outstanding teaching artist who is a member of the Broward Cultural Division's Arts Education Directory and who has demonstrated dedication, achievement and professionalism in the arts education field. The recipient of this award will be presented with a recognition plaque and a cash gift.

Who is eligible?
Teaching artists who are listed in Broward Cultural Division’s Arts Education Directory.

How is the Award recipient selected?
Teaching Artists complete and submit an application along with three (3) nomination letters from individuals and organizations with whom the teaching artist has worked. Broward Cultural Division verifies that all nominees are eligible and that the nomination information is complete. Nominations are then forwarded to the Arts Teacher of the Year selection committee.

When will the award be presented?
The recipient of the Teaching Artist Recognition Award will be announced at the 2014 Arts Teacher of the Year event on November 6, 2014 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. All nominees will be acknowledged at the event.

 How are awards publicized?
Press releases announcing the selection of the award recipient will be sent by Broward Cultural Division through its distribution channels which include media outlets, major institutional partners, government officials and community leaders, schools and community organizations.

  • Announcement of the award recipient will also be included in a variety of publications produced by the Cultural Division.
  • The award recipient will also receive a special designation in their Arts Education Directory listing.

If no nominees meet the criteria for the award, a recipient will not be selected. 


Application Release: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Application Workshop:



Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Broward County Government Center, Room 301
115 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Application Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014, 11:59 p.m.
Announcement of All Winners:
November 6, 2014 at the 29th Annual Event at Broward Center for the Performing Arts


1.       Complete and Submit Online Application

          a.  General Information

          b.  Narrative Section

§     Views on Community-Based Arts Education

§     Commitment to Teaching Artistry as a Profession

§     Connecting Education & Community through the Arts

 c.  Attachments

§  Nomination Letters — a minimum of three (3) nomination letters must be provided. At least
one (1) of the nomination letters must be completed by a representative of the hiring entity

(a) hiring entities (schools, government entities and organizations); (b) partners and/or collaborators with whom the teaching artist has worked in the past 24 months

Each nomination letter criteria must specifically address why the teaching artist should be recognized. What specific contributions has the teaching artist made to students, participants or the hiring entity itself?

§  Resume

§  Examples of Work (images and videos can be uploaded)


 Apply Online

1.       If You Don’t Have an Account:  
         Click here
 to create a new account and access application

ATOY - New Applicant Link

2.       If You Have an Account: Click here to start/resume an application

3.       Need Help?  Click here to download a PDF step-by-step guide of the Application tutorial. If you have any trouble reading thisdocument please contact our office at 954-357-7457


Deadline for Applications

Monday, September 22, 2014 • 11:59 p.m.

For additional information:

Please email or call Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869