December 2023 Newsletter

Happy New Year, Teaching Artists! As we wind down the last few hours of 2023 we want to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support of TAG. Whether you donated to our fundraiser, joined a regional network, signed up for the asset map, attended an event, or participated in any other TAG activity this year, you showed us that you believe this work is important and helped us raise the visibility of teaching artists everywhere. Thank you!

We are so close to our end of the year fundraising goal (wow we’re at 94% raised!). If you have not donated and are in a position to do so, please consider even a $20 donation. There is no small amount and every last bit goes to the teaching artists who make TAG run.

Here are the December newsletter items. As we close out the year, we raise our glass to all of you and cheers your creative resilience that makes this vibrant field what it is. Now, go celebrate all of your efforts! Cheers!

“I remember very vividly the day I finally “broke”.

I was sitting in my car outside of my classroom door after 10 hours of working. As a high school theatre teacher and department chair at a Visual and Performing Arts High School magnet program, I was no stranger to long days at the school. This time though, I sat in the silence of my Camry, too tired to crank up the engine. All week I spent my lunches talking with a student about her self-harm. She had already been referred to the school counselor. Her parents knew. But she felt comfortable talking to me about it. There wasn’t much I could do or suggest. Inside, I felt like a fish out of water, but I was determined to be an ear for her.”

Read this month’s Incite/Insight article on Creative Resilience by teaching artist Ayesis Clay: “Discovering Creative Resilience: A Teacher’s Journey through Trauma to Healing”

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

With Gratitude,

Katie Rainey & Kerry Warren
TAG Co-Executive Directors



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