May 2022 Newsletter

Hello, Teaching Artists! We’re a few days late, but here’s the May newsletter nonetheless. This semester’s residencies are starting to wind down, but summer gigs are popping up, so be sure to check our job board and Slack Channel for listings in your area. 

We’re still energized from April’s Our Shared Future conference and we’re now excited to share the Teaching Artist Reports that came from it! On April 5-7, 2022, Teaching Artists Guild, Arts Education Partnership, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Education and Hewlett Foundation co-hosted “Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists”, the first national convening for teaching artists.

The following reports were created by 19 teaching artists across the country, each project created through their individual art forms. In addition, Artist Jayda Shuavarnnasri created graphic notes live during the conference, which you’ll find on the same webpage. You can find more of Jayda’s work on Instagram @vivrant_visuals.

Check out both the graphic notes and TA Reports to get a complete, unique view of the Our Shared Future Conference. And a huge thank you to all the TA Reporters who participated.

“Artists disrupt. They question and alter the status quo and they create space and facilitate experiences for students to question and challenge the status quo. They provide vital connections to students’ lives outside of school. They stretch and transfigure the ways in which knowledge is created and shared. They expand what can be known from, through, and with art. All of this creates what NEA Chair, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, who spoke at the opening of the convening, calls “a culture of possibility.” —From “Beyond Teaching” by Alex Chadwell, TA Reporter

In addition to all the rich projects by teaching artists in our community, we published a few Incite/Insight articles as well. Current National Advisory Committee member, Kerry Warren, wrote an article titled “The Box” on overcoming her fear of teaching artist finances. Studio in a School Teaching Artist, Kathy Creutzburg, wrote two articles” “Instituting Change: Teaching Artists As Activists” and “Union Spirit and Independent Artists“. In these pieces, Kathy chronicles her journey into union organizing in the arts community.

Our communications team is hard at work and we’ll have more articles coming out this summer, so stay tuned for those. If you’re interested in writing an Incite/Insight article, we want your work and we’ll pay you for it too! We are particularly interested in hearing from voices in the middle and rural areas of the country. If there’s a teaching artist issue you’re interested in writing about, please reach out to us at  

Thank you to all the teaching artists and supporters who continue to show up for this community. We are ever grateful and inspired by your voices.

With Gratitude,

Heleya de Barros & Katie Rainey
TAG Co-Executive Directors

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