Teacher Fellowship Program

It’s incredible to see all of the ways different disciplines and grade levels have incorporated outsider art. I love being part of this thoughtful and inspiring community.” —Yasmin Dalal, Skinner West Elementary School (2017-18 Teacher Fellow)

Program Overview

For more than three decades, Intuit has provided award-winning professional development to educators through its Teacher Fellowship Program (TFP). Throughout the school year, TFP supports a cohort of teachers to create interdisciplinary lesson plans inspired by outsider and self-taught artists. By introducing outsider and self-taught art into their classrooms, Teacher Fellows give their students opportunities to translate their unique personal visions in new, non-traditional ways.

September 2023–May 2024 Cycle

Beginning in September and through May, the Teacher Fellowship Program hosts five Saturday training sessions designed to inform and inspire ideas for arts integrated lessons. Training sessions include academic lectures, artist-led workshops, tours of outsider art collections, work time and field trips to museums. Teacher Fellows will serve as an advisory council for Intuit as the museum develops resources (e.g., videos, virtual field trips, materials, etc.) for students.

Through these sessions, Teacher Fellows form a community of teachers engaged in building their teaching practice with colleagues from across the city and exploring ways to integrate outsider and self-taught art in their lessons. Teacher Fellows will directly impact and contribute to the creative direction of educational resources at Intuit.


  • Fully active and engaged Teacher Fellows earn 25 CPDUs and a stipend of $500 per teacher for all their teaching needs, as well as waived admission for a staff-guided field trip to Intuit for their participating classroom(s).
  • Teacher Fellows receive written and verbal feedback from Intuit education staff and the TFP cohort on curricula and resources related to outsider and self-taught art.
  • Teacher Fellows have access to the Robert A. Roth Study Center, which is home to books and publications that can help generate lesson ideas.
  • The TFP cohort will learn new teaching ideas, methodologies and content from art educators.
  • Intuit will showcase art by students of the 2023–24 program cycle in a Teacher Fellowship Program exhibition.


The Teacher Fellowship Program is open to Chicago Public School educators from all disciplines. Intuit recommends teachers apply in teams of two from the same school. Special consideration will be given to applicant schools with “Developing” and “Emerging” Creative Schools Certification.

Priority will go to the following applicant schools: (1) schools that have never participated in the program and (2) schools located on the far west and south sides.

Professional development dates

Sessions will take place at arts and culture institutions in Chicago and Sheboygan, Wisc., with select dates held online.

  • Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (includes travel to and from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisc.)
  • Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 20, 2024, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

TFP Open House

Intuit shares information about the Teacher Fellowship Program and answers some FAQs.


Apply here

Priority deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023
Final deadline: Friday, August 11, 2023

Please contact Lisa Lindvay, director of learning and engagement, at lisa@art.org with questions related to the Teacher Fellowship Program.