Throughout their high school years, students at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts have the opportunity to work closely with exceptional professional artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Asawa SOTA employs more than 60 Artists-in-Residence, who offer year-long specialized instruction in fields such as musicianship, photography, and literary journal production, as well as teaching short master classes and leading single-day educational workshops.
Once Artists-in-Residence have been selected by department heads and confirmed by the school principal, Friends of School of the Arts assumes responsibility for processing their background checks, workman’s compensation, liability insurance and monthly payments. Community fundraising campaigns administered by FoSOTA (the Annual Fund, grants, ticket sales, etc.) also generate the majority of revenue necessary for reimbursing these artists.
Artists-in-Residence, and special guest speakers, are crucial members of SOTA’s educational team: they provide students with connections to the broader community and insight into the lives of professionals working in various fields. They are part of what makes SOTA’s education so unique, and FoSOTA is committed to ensuring the Artist-in-Residence program’s continued vitality.