We are pleased to announce that after many years of working alongside each other, Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) and the Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) have decided to merge organizations! We will be working together under the Teaching Artists Guild name. We love TAs. We love supporting TAs. We love lifting up TAs. And we love working together. As the African proverb says, ‘if you wanna go fast go alone, but if you wanna go far, go together.’
We know that, by combining our efforts together, we can better serve the national teaching artist community. We’ve already seen the power of this combined effort since the onset of COVID-19. TAG and ATA, along with many of our arts education leaders in the nation, were some of the first to respond to how the COVID crisis was affecting teaching artists, their work, their livelihood, and ultimately, our future as a field.
Miko and Heleya, along with our advisory committees and board of directors have been working for more than a year on this exciting announcement. We’re excited to begin a joint strategic planning process led by the incredible Studio Pathways in January of 2021. We’ll also be holding a national teaching artist convening in February along with lots more programming, including a virtual professional development series, more Insight/Incite articles, and a Fall creative salon series.
This is the beginning of a new chapter for teaching artists and the field of teaching artistry. We hope you’ll join us.
– Miko & Heleya
Standing Above The Clouds
Young filmmaker Jalena Keane-Lee on her process of working with native Hawaiian teaching artists/movement leaders in her essay and film, Standing Above the Clouds.