March 2023 Newsletter

Hello, Teaching Artists! Wow we’ve had a busy month. Plans are underway for the annual TAG Awards and we received over 60 nominations for the three different awards: Distinguished Service to the Field, Innovation in Teaching Artistry, and Teaching Artist Ally. Our review panel is hard at work going through each nomination and WOW… We are blown away by the dedication and passion these nominees have given to the field. Stay tuned for more news about the 2023 Awards.

Here’s what happened at TAG this past March:

The TAG Awards seek to raise the visibility of teaching artists within the arts in education and community arts fields and in the organizations and institutions for which they work as well as honor innovation in teaching artistry. Join us on May 18th and celebrate 25 Years of TAG!

Want to show your support for the field and have your brand shown to teaching artists across the country? We are looking for sponsors for our 2023 TAG Awards. TAG is the oldest, independent organization serving teaching artists in the country, and has a national and international following of more than 20K on its various digital platforms. It is a clearinghouse for information at the intersection of art and education.

A huge thank you to everyone who made our event on Saturday, “A Day of Purpose: Decolonizing Arts Education with Black Lives Matter at School,” a big success. We had over 100 registrants, including teaching artists, administrators, funders, and supporters of the field. A special thank you goes out to our panelists: Sam Carwyn from Black Lives Matter at School, Ayva Thomas and Deborah Menkart from Zinn Education Project, and our amazing National Advisory Council member Tamara Anderson, who moderated our event.

In the coming weeks, we’ll release a podcast in partnership with Creative Generation and the Why Change? podcast. In this episode, we’ll share a recording of the panel alongside commentary with Tamara Anderson and Karla Estela Rivera. Additionally, we have a number of attendees who are writing about their experience at the event and how they’ll use what they learned. Stay tuned for all of these resources.

Teaching Artists of San Diego! Join Teaching Artist Circle (TAC), for an event for teaching artists and Arts Administrators to connect, mix and mingle, plus learn more about Proposition 28. The event is free, but registration is limited, so reserve your spot now.

Spend Your Summer Surrounded by Art

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.

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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