May 2023 Newsletter

Hello Teaching Artists! Wow, what an incredible month we had. Thank you to all of you who came and celebrated the 2023 TAG Awards with us! With over 100 registrants and six in-person watch parties happening across the country that hosted over 50 teaching artists, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you all for attending and supporting our award winners.

The awardees will receive the printed portraits below. Our two teaching artist awardees will receive gift cards sponsored by Blick Arts Materials as well. Thank you again to our sponsors J. Johnstone Consulting and Rhythm Workshop for funding the awards and our watch parties.   

If you missed the awards, you can watch our live stream of the event here:

Thank you again for a wonderful awards ceremony. Here is this month’s newsletter:

We’d like to especially thank our NAC member and 2023 TAG Awards Co-Host Tamara Anderson. We are still dancing from her awesome playlist and love how she sang the praises of our awardees. If you missed the awards, check out the recording here. Tamara is an incredible teaching artist and advocate for our community and has a request for our members. The Zinn Education Project, Black Lives Matter at School, and African American Policy Forum are preparing to stand in solidarity across the country on June 10th for the Teach Truth Day of Action

There are so many ways that you can participate as an individual or with a group. We are standing together against the anti-history and anti-trans bills that are sweeping the nation. Not to mention the unprecedented banning of books across states. 

Included are some sites below that have tons of resources and suggestions for how you can participate on June 10th. 

If you need any assistance or have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to us at

Following our April collaboration with Black Lives Matter at School, Zinn Education Project, and Creative Generation, “A Day of Purpose: Decolonizing Arts Education with Black Lives Matter at School,” we commissioned Creative Generation’s Manager of Community Knowledge André Solomon to reflect and write on his experience at the event. Check out his Incite/Insight article here:

If you have not read “A Day of Purpose: Decolonizing Arts Education with Black Lives Matter at School” by our National Advisory Committee Member from North Carolina, Bailey Clemmons, check it out too:

Join our National Advisory Committee! In 2020, Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) and Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) merged into one nonprofit organization working under TAG’s name. New beginnings meant an opportunity for restructure to best support an equitable organization by and for teaching artists. Our new leadership structure consists of two Co-Executive Directors, the National Advisory Committee (NAC), and the TAG Board of Directors working in collaboration towards a shared vision and mission to support teaching artists.

Interested in joining the Teaching Artists Guild’s National Advisory Committee? Fill out this form and tell us a little bit about yourself. TAG staff will contact all interested for an informal interview.

You can see the NAC committee descriptions here. Our interest form will be open for submissions until July 1st.

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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