June 2023 Newsletter

Hello Teaching Artists! Happy Summer. We’re closing out our fiscal year here at TAG and looking forward to the start of FY24! With that comes new folks joining our community. We’re still taking inquiries about our National Advisory Committee (NAC), so if you are interested in joining TAG fill out this brief form and we’ll contact you.

Here is this month’s newsletter:

Support for Teaching Artists: A Collaboration in Partnership with the California Arts Council

This past spring, TAG of California implemented the 2023 CAC Project thanks to funding from the California Arts Council’s Statewide and Regional Network Grant, which allowed TAG to hire and pay teaching artists directly to help expand regional networks across the state. In addition to building on the TAG of California community, there has been other positive outcomes to this project. Regional Network Leader Mika Lemoine wrote about her experience in the project in this month’s Incite/Insight article.

“When I learned there was an opportunity for California teaching artists to take a leadership position in gathering TA’s in our region, I was thrilled to apply. As teaching artists, we do so much work in our communities because we love to and because we care, and the thought of being compensated to continue this work, have more resources to do so, all while continuing to build relationships was incredibly exciting. I was happy to know that the California Arts Council (CAC) was supporting such an effort, and I have collaborated with the Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) in the past, so I was grateful to get an opportunity to do so more deeply.”

Check out all the great work accomplished by TAG of California and its teaching artists in our project overview:

We’re updating our Training Program Resource Page! If you have a training program/professional development opportunity for teaching artists, complete this form and let us know: https://buff.ly/42nS9zn. We’ll update all entries on our training programs page: https://buff.ly/3tMGQ6k. Teaching artists across the country use this resource to find professional development opportunities, so let us know about yours and we’ll help spread the word!

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

Co-Executive Director Kerry Warren recently participated in a panel about the GIVE Program (Growing Inclusivity for Vibrant Engagement) alongside folks from ArtsConnection, New Victory Theater, and Community-Word Project. Find out more about this valuable resource for teaching artists here:

Leigha Porter, Elizabeth Colón Nelson, Soni Dasmohapatra, Ashlee McKinnon, and Kerry Warren at the artEquity Retreat.

Thank you artEquity for inviting Co-Executive Director Kerry Warren to participate in the third BIPOC Leadership Circle retreat. During this in-person gathering, twenty-four leaders came together to foster connections, collaborate with community-based organizations, and exchange their Blueprints for Leadership in Action on Tongva Kizh Lands. These blueprints represent innovative social justice leadership models that prioritize the needs and experiences of BIPOC leaders. Learn more about Cohort 3 here.

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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