July 2023 Newsletter

Hello Teaching Artists! Happy Summer. It’s been a relatively quiet month for us at TAG. We spent the time meeting with many of you about our National Advisory Committee (NAC) and we’ll soon share out the newest members joining us. We’re also preparing for the coming year and our first NAC meeting in September. We took some personal time at the end of the month but we’re back now and gearing up for the coming school year.

Here is this month’s newsletter:

Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie team is excited to announce its partnership with Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the TAG Awards! The Teaching Artistry podcast is proud to support this effort to build an oral history of Teaching Artists Guild’s origins, the merger with the Association of Teaching Artists, and TAG now and its momentum toward the future. 

Episode 63 is a three-part series, titled, “Looking Back to Look Forward”

  • Act 1 features leaders who supported the building of Teaching Artists Guild: Miko Lee, Lynn Johnson, Jean Johnstone, Jess Mele, Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Eric Booth
  • Act 2 features leaders who were directly involved in the merger between TAG and ATA: Jean Johnstone, Heleya de Barros, Lauren Jost, and Miko Lee
  • Act 3 features the current leadership of the TAG: Katie Rainey, Kerry Warren and Marissa Ontiveros

A heartfelt shout-out to our amazing Board Treasurer, Kayla Jackmon! Her exceptional financial expertise and teaching skills have been instrumental in handling TAG’s finances. Kayla’s dedication to teaching financial literacy, her patience in explaining budgets, and her generosity in guiding our newest ED, Kerry, on QuickBooks has been invaluable to our organization. We truly appreciate her multi-talented contributions as a teaching artist, actor, and finance professional, and we are grateful for her passion in serving various roles in arts education. Thank you Kayla for all that you do!

Thank you Board Secretary Marissa Ontiveros for taking incredible photos and joining Kerry for some outdoor theater upstate at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  

Check out Marissa on the Teaching Artistry with Courtney Boddie podcast in conversation with the two Co-EDs Katie and Kerry.

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

With Gratitude,

Katie Rainey & Kerry Warren
TAG Co-Executive Directors

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.



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