How to Become a BBTCAC Instructor

BBTCAC strives to provide classes and workshops where individuals of all ages and walks of life may learn a new craft, perfect their existing skills, build their portfolios, and potentially become entrepreneurs as they sell their works of art.

Since opening our gallery in 2005, we have offered youth and adult visual arts classes and workshops in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, basket weaving, chair caning, ceramics & pottery, quilting, sewing, mixed media, photography, printmaking, and stained glass, to name a few.

We are currently accepting applications for Classes and Workshops to be taught in 2018. We are looking for a variety of youth and adult programs, both one time workshops and ongoing skill building classes in the above listed mediums and more. While most classes will be held at the BBTCAC Camden (Wilcox County) campus, we hope to offer additional classes and workshops throughout our 19 county region. We also look forward to adding classes/workshops in literature, theater, food arts, music, and other visual media.

In addition - we are looking for artists to join our Black Belt Treasures Teaching Artist Program. If you would like to share your talent and skill with the youth of the Black Belt region through in-school programs, community programs, and more...please contact us for more information and see more information below.

Your first step to become a BBTCAC Instructor is to complete this packet of information, which includes:

Instructor Application

Class/Workshop Proposal

Please mail or email all requested forms to us at:
209 Claiborne Street, Camden, AL 36726 or

Following receipt of Instructor Application, we will schedule an interview to discuss ideas and proposals. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you at BBTCAC!

Black Belt Treasures Teaching Artist Program

In 2016 and 2017, BBTCAC Staff identified and trained regional “Black Belt Treasures Teaching Artists” to present approved programs in Clarke, Dallas, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, and Wilcox, which have been funded by grants from the Black Belt Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of South Alabama. BBTCAC works in cooperation with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that Teaching Artists are prepared to present quality programs. The first workshop and training session for Black Belt Treasures Teaching Artists was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 with 24 artists in attendance, and was led by Diana Greene, Arts in Education Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Tara Sartorius, Alabama Alliance for Arts Education Program Director, and Kristin Law. The second annual gathering and training was held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 with 23 artists and educational partners in attendance.

Grant funding supported programs in the first nine (9) counties, which took place over the 2016-17 school year. Teaching Artists have been placed in regional schools in the first half of 2017-18 school year, and additional projects are currently being added. Each project will incorporate regional history and culture; storytelling; encourage students to contribute accurate, relevant information; make comparisons and contrasts; and analyze and produce a multitude of creative ideas.

In addition, a Black Belt Treasures Teaching Artist Roster is currently being compiled to make classes, workshops, demonstrations and programs available to schools, community programs, non-profits, and art centers across the Black Belt region, and ultimately the state of Alabama. Each trained and approved Teaching Artist will be added to a print and online roster, which will showcase: a short biography of the artist, a list of classes/workshops available, sample lesson plans, arts integration information, and options of class structure (hourly, half-day, full-day, 2 day, week-long, and residencies).