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Welcome to the Teaching Artists Asset Map! This interactive, multi-layered digital map is built to showcase the depth and breadth of the field of teaching artistry.

How does it work? We let you share about the work you do, and we combine that with existing datasets from partners across the country. Take a moment to add yourself to the map, and if you know your region has a directory already, let us know about it!

Our aim is to make the work of arts and culture organizations and individual teaching artists visible, strengthening the delicate or sometimes non-existent network of arts providers and bolstering the field of arts education and teaching artistry. We also wish to determine which populations are being served, enabling a more comprehensive study of equity and access to arts education.

Register yourself, your organization, or your program here easily. Initial profiles take just 4 minutes to complete, and you’ll be on your way to making a difference for the field and connecting yourself to those in your region.

Individuals
Adding yourself to the map as an individual teaching artist can make it easier for nearby employers to find you based on your specific skills and experience level. If you are a TA that primarily contracts with hiring organizations that house their own programs – add yourself as an individual.
Organizations
Organizations on the map are able to display information about their programs and the teaching artists they work with. If you are an organization that works with teaching artists, add yourself as an organization. And if you are a Teaching Artist that primarily runs your own programs or business, add yourself as an organization.
Programs
Organizations (and Teaching Artists listed as organizations) are able to submit programs to be added to the map. This helps the field understand where the work is being done, and by whom. If you are a program director, or a teaching artist who manages your own programs, add your program to the map.
Programs coming soon to the map

Who is the map for?

Short answer: This map is for YOU!
Long answer: The map is designed to serve the entire field of teaching artistry and was designed with key constituents in mind:
Teaching artists
Teaching Artists that add themselves to the map are able to highlight their professional experience, showcase a compelling visual history of their work, and link their profile to their professional website. The map makes it possible to see how the Teaching Artist is networked to other TAs, hiring organizations, partners, and projects. Teaching Artists with profiles make it easier for nearby employers to find them based on their specific skills and experience level. Teaching Artists can search hiring organizations or other TAs by discipline, program type, and locations served.
Organizations
The organizations that hire and work with Teaching Artists are able to display information about their programs and the Teaching Artists they work with. By submitting “Programs” as unique assets on the map – organizations are able to illustrate where the work is being done and by whom. They are able to highlight their teaching artist faculty, partnerships, active work, showcase a compelling visual history of their program activities and reach in the community, and link their profile to a website. Organizations can search for Teaching Artists by program experience (for example after-school, in-school, or populations served). They can identify potential partners and program recipients.
Advocates, researchers, policymakers, field assets, and allies
Partnering organizations – such as schools or community centers – that host or directly benefit from a teaching artist program can use the map to make strategic choices about partnerships. Advocates, researchers, and policy makers will use the map in order to determine which populations are being served, how they are served, and to what extent in order to gain a picture of equity and access in the field. Field assets – such as institutions or people that support the work of teaching arts as funders, field leadership, or through professional development – are able to add themselves to the map and gain a full picture of impact, resources, and networks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! If you want to add yourself in more than one category, you can! You will need to use more than one email address to create two different profiles. Once you create two profiles you can easily move between them and stay signed in to both at the same time.
If your region has a teaching artist directory or arts partner directory, connect us! We will work with your region to add existing data to the TAG map. That way it can be shared outside your region for a full picture of the breadth of the work of teaching artists and arts providers across the United States. But do go ahead and add yourself too!
This is a tricky question in some ways: Many people define “programs” differently, and they can change from year to year, too. Some organizations have 3 main initiatives which are deployed at 30 different school sites. Do you list all 90? Or the three main initiatives? We’d vote for the 3, and add as much information about the reach and scope as you can. Please feel free to contact membership@teachingartistsguild.org if you have further questions.
TAG uses an annonymizing function to protect your personal information. Your home address will not be shared with anyone, and your map marker will place you somewhere in your neighborhood, but not directly at your address. If you would like to protect your location even further, we suggest using the address of an organization you work with, to give a sense of where you are doing work. Barring that, you can use a local public building such as a post office or city government office. Remember, you will be placed in the vicinity but not exactly at, whatever location you list.
TAG is dedicated to protecting your personal information, and is proactively updating our map and website so that we will be able to adhere to European data laws, which are stricter than those in the United States. The aim of this map is to make an interactive public directory for our entire field, so the information you see displayed in your public profile is searchable by anyone. You get to choose whether to add an email address or phone number to your public-facing profile. If you have further questions or concerns, please let us know!

Thanks to the generous funders of the Asset Map Initiative:

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