April 2023 Newsletter

Hello Teaching Artists! Wow, April has been a BUSY month for TAG. We had a fantastic professional development on April 1st in partnership with several other organizations, many of our California networks are hosting teaching artist meet ups, we’re setting up watch parties for teaching artists across the country to be a part of, and we are thrilled to announce the 2023 TAG Award Winners. You’ll find information about all of these events in this month’s newsletter.

Before we get to the newsletter, we are coming to our community to ask for your help with our 25th Anniversary Fundraiser. TAG is run by and for working teaching artists across the country and we cannot do the work of advocating for teaching artists without your support. If you have benefited from TAG’s numerous events and resources, we humbly ask for a donation of any amount. Even $25 can go a long way and if you donate over $150, we’ll send you some brand new TAG swag. You can donate on Facebook, through our website, or when you register to attend the awards! Thank you for your support.

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Want to watch the TAG Awards in person with other teaching artists and make new connections? Sign up to attend a TAG Watch Party! Below you’ll find registration for two cities, but stay tuned for parties in California, NYC, South Dakota, and more. TAG is looking for regional network leaders to host a watch party for our annual TAG Awards. These watch parties are a chance for teaching artists in the area to gather together in-person, watch the awards, celebrate the field, and build community. Funds for the watch parties are available, just reach out to us at info@teachingartists.com.

TAG of California is a network of organizations and individuals who believe that teaching artists can and should play a front-line role in engaging Californians in lifelong learning. With funding from the California Arts Council, TAG Regional Network Leaders are hosting a series of free, community-building events for teaching artists throughout the state. We’ve already held events in San Diego and Oakland with Shayla James and Mika Lemoine.

(Left: Nicole Taylor & Shayla James, Right: TA mixer with Arts Education Alliance facilitated by Regional Network Leader Mika Lemoine)

You can register for our upcoming events in these cities:

On April 1st, TAG worked in partnership with Black Lives Matter at School, Zinn Education Project, and Creative Generation to put on a special professional development for teaching artists: “A Day of Purpose: Decolonizing Arts Education with Black Lives Matter at School.” We are so thrilled how that event turned out. Over 100 teaching artists signed up! Thank you to everyone that showed up for the conversation, our panelists, and our NAC members that facilitated the event. If you were unable to make the event, don’t fret! We have a few ways for you to view/listen to the panel:

Thank you again to all of our partners and supporters who made this day possible.

Teaching Artists Guild, the oldest independent organization serving teaching artists in the US, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Annual TAG Awards. The Distinguished Service to the Field Award will be given to Ariadne (Ari) Albright, the Innovation in Teaching Artistry Award will be given to Claudia Peregrina, and the Teaching Artist Ally Award will be given to The Bartol Foundation. 

The Awards Ceremony will stream live on Thursday, May 18, 2023  7:00PM – 8:00PM EST, with regional “watch parties” occurring across the country. Read the full press release to find out more about our winners and the planned activities for the awards. 

Become part of the Teachers College, Columbia University family with an M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) program. Located in New York City, Teachers College offers this hybrid program for artists and educators seeking the opportunity to build on existing artistic skills and implement them in an encouraging environment. Teachers College aims to nurture its students and provide them with the space to be surrounded by art, culture, and creators like themselves. Students benefit from synchronous and asynchronous online coursework paired with studio work that allows them to focus on their art while refining their artistic process and learning how to implement elements of this process in their roles as art educators. Students can expand their portfolios, build networking opportunities, and create meaningful connections with fellow artists and art educators throughout the program.

Teachers College at Columbia University offers an immersive six-week Summer Residency in New York City where participants get a chance to meet their online faculty and peers in person. With the opportunity to work in historic NYC buildings, Teachers College provides students with access to studio spaces, including:

  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Sculpture studio
  • Photography and Video studio
  • Makerspace
  • Printmaking studio
  • Ceramics studio

The Summer Residency includes studio and theoretical courses designed for professional development, where students can discuss and critique their works and engage with visiting artists. Students will also have time to visit the plethora of New York City’s world-class art museums and galleries in their downtime. Learn More.

TAG will be at the 2023 Arts Education Job Fair in NYC! This May, numerous arts education and cultural organizations from across NYC will come together to engage arts administrators, teaching artists, interns, and students looking to break into the arts in education field. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to learn about organizations and speak with their representatives at fair tables.

Some fun news for TAG! Co-Executive Director Kerry Warren attended the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable’s Face2Face Conference and the ITAC US Hub gathering this month and got to spend IN-PERSON time with some of our NAC and Board Members! Shout out to Board Treasurer Kayla Jackmon and Secretary Marissa Ontiveros, as well as NAC Member Jean E. Taylor and Dr. Moira Pirsch!

As always, we could not do this work without your support. Thank you!

With Gratitude,

Katie Rainey & Kerry Warren
TAG Co-Executive Directors

Want to sponsor the 2023 TAG Awards? We’ve got several perks for sponsors and you can see the complete deck here. Have a job or program you’d like to promote to our over 30,000 teaching artists in our network? Reach out to us at info@teachingartists.com for more information.



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