January 2024 Newsletter

Happy 2024 Teaching Artists! Phew, it’s been a busy month at TAG. From new Incite/Insight articles to launching our first ever literary salon series, we are so excited about what is to come this spring. Stay tuned for events from our TAG of California group and updates on the 2024 TAG Awards as well. 

In the meantime, here is this month’s newsletter:


Building on our listening tour series, TAG is proud to present Literary Salons for Teaching Artists: Unveiling the Art of Publication. Join us for a captivating hour of conversation and exploration into the world of teaching artist publications! This online virtual literary salon, hosted by TAG (Teaching Artists Guild), invites you to explore the process of publication and discover the impactful work of teaching artists across the country. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and celebrate the literary achievements of teaching artists! The series kicks off this Monday, February 5th.


“In Quebec, teachers and artists are invited to act as cultural facilitators with students. We developed training sessions for teachers and artists – together – to support them in playing their role of cultural facilitators. In this contribution, we detail key elements that constitute the heart of the innovative trainings courses that we have put in place, namely experimentation and reflection, and the sharing of expertise.”

Read this month’s Incite/Insight article by Marika Crête-Reizes (Arts education consultant, expertise in cultural medication/aesthetic education) & Marie-Christine Beaudry (Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal): “Experimenting Culture as a Means to Train Artists and Teachers to Play Their Role of Cultural Facilitators”


Drama Kids International is a home-based franchise opportunity, enrichment program, and educational company that employs theatre activities to enhance social and emotional skills for students of all ages. Their extensive curriculum aims to foster public speaking, acting skills, teamwork, confidence, and self-esteem – all while the children are making friends and having some serious fun!

Drama Kids is a unique franchise that operates all business-related tasks from the convenience of your own home while taking our classes right to where the kids are! This model ensures convenience to the parents and a low-cost structure for franchise owners. Drama Kids International of King County has a territory that encompasses 7 school districts on the eastside of the Seattle Metro Area and is fully operational, so you can see income during your first month! We also offer Summer camps in two locations, so the revenue never stops. This large territory, filled with families, has a huge capacity for growth – it just needs your creative touch! (Current owner’s family is moving out of state in April.)

Ownership of Drama Kids comes with full training, both on the curriculum and the business, and online resources and mentoring all along the way. Act now to have your own children’s theatre company, in turn-key operating condition, that is continuing to make a difference in the world.


The National Guild for Community Arts Partnerships is offering TA rates for their conference in April! In order to honor their commitment to the teaching artist field, teaching artists are provided with a deeply discounted rate to attend our 2024 Conference for Community Arts Education. If you are a teaching artist in need of financial support to attend the 2024 Conference for Community Arts Education, please fill out the required form


Join the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for its fourth annual Teaching Artist Tuesday series, coordinated by our Teaching Artist Affairs Committee!

TA Tuesdays is back with three workshops designed to support the Teaching Artist community. This year’s series will focus on behind-the-scenes aspects and the business of being a TA. Participants will walk away with tools and best practices for personal finance, pay negotiation, and career sustainability specifically for TAs. View the schedule and detailed session information below!

On Tuesday, February 13th, join TAG Co-Executive Director Kerry Warren for a workshop about TAG tools! This workshop will focus on providing guidance to Teaching Artists for contract negotiations and advocating for equitable pay rates with current or future employers. Facilitators will share tools, tips, and tricks, and attendees will also hear from a local arts organization about their efforts toward wage transparency and structuring TA pay rates.

Please Note: This session WILL be recorded and shared on the Roundtable’s YouTube channel. Facilitated by Kerry Warren, Amanda Adams-Louis, and Laura Bozzone,


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

With Gratitude,

Katie Rainey & Kerry Warren
TAG Co-Executive Directors

We cannot do the important work of advocating for teaching artists through these various initiatives without funding. Please consider donating to TAG to help support teaching artists through our work. Even $20 can go a long way!

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