AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission is accepting applications for spring submissions to it PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

The roster, launched in 2014 and available at www.mainearts.maine.gov, includes Maine artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in PK-12 educational settings, according to a news release from the commission.

There are currently 47 artists on the roster in disciplines including music, dance, theater, visual arts and literary arts. Applications are accepted twice a year.

The commission defines teaching artists as professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists, according to the release.

Successful applicants demonstrate mastery of an artistic discipline; knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction; good communication skills; planning and organizational ability; and an understanding of PK-12 learners.

For more information about the program, visit mainearts.maine.gov. For more information about other PK-12 arts education programs, contact Argy Nestor at [email protected] or 287-2713.