September 2023 Newsletter

Happy Fall, Teaching Artists! It may not be sweater weather quite yet, but the school year is in full swing and we are rocking and rolling over here at TAG. We had our very first National Advisory Committee Meeting of the year last week. We are so excited about this energetic bunch. Check out all these happy faces:

With this enthusiastic bunch of teaching artists on our team, we are thrilled about what this year will bring. Stay tuned while we update our NAC page and be on the lookout for new programs, opportunities, resources, and more as this group gets going!

Here is this month’s newsletter:

New Incite/Insight Article: “Towards Embracing Change: A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Education” by Aliyah N.C.

“I, for one, am no stranger to starting over. Whenever given the chance, I have always loved to experiment and try new things, but as anyone who has had to move across borders or face a changing job market will tell you, starting over and trying something new is not easy and isn’t always necessarily a matter of choice.

Oftentimes we can do everything right and still be failed by the very systems put in place for us to succeed. Taught to specialize early on in school, it can be easy to overlook the breadth of knowledge that only comes from having trekked along the more scenic, albeit not so conventional route. Nobody likes to start at the bottom, but being willing to experiment and go back to the beginning is crucial to disrupting old ways of seeing that simply aren’t working anymore and for developing newer forms of knowledge.”

Join the 5,000 New Advocates Campaign!

The U.S. is widely recognized as the world’s originating and leading home of teaching artists. But we are still barely visible as a workforce, even in the arts! There is now a first book that introduces teaching artistry to those who don’t know what it is (or those who do but could do much more). Making Change: Teaching Artists and Their Role in Shaping a Better World is a short, energizing introduction by Eric Booth—“the father of the teaching artist profession.” Join the 5,000 New Advocates campaign to get free (or at-cost) copies into the hands of people who should know about, or know more about, what teaching artists can do for them and their organizations, for the arts, for communities. Join the over-2,200 who have already made change for this essential field. This is a way we can build support for the field–taking action as advocates ourselves to change the long-struggling status quo.

InterPLAY: Engaging Youth Audiences in Theatres, Classrooms and Communities

November 2-5, 2023 in Bentonville, AR

Join us in beautiful Northwest Arkansas for a symposium bringing together educators, artists, and professionals who are passionate about creating interactive theatre experiences for youth. Hosted by Trike Theatre, TheatreSquared and Scott Family Amazeum, participants will attend performances, participate in workshops, and collaborate to create an interactive performance for youth. The weekend culminates in an extended devising experience where participants will create site specific performances for youth at Scott Family Amazeum, a hands-on, interactive children’s and science museum in Northwest Arkansas.

Tiered Registration

(Select the tier that fits your budget)
Early Bird Rate (Closes Friday, September 29th)*
Tier 1 – $300
Tier 2 – $250
Tier 3 – $200
Student – $100
One Day – $125

*Prices increase $50 post-Early Bird.

In other news, Co-Executive Director Kerry Warren recently participated in the BIPOC Leadership Circle 2023 Retreat. Check out this recap on everything that happened.

Additionally, Kerry will be facilitating a session at the Arts for All Abilities Consortium’s 15th Annual Conference on October 20th! Sign up if you want to attend and feel free to drop by!

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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