Teaching artist

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Teaching Artists, also called artist educators, or community artists are professional artists who teach and integrate their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings. Teaching Artists work with schools, after school programs, community agencies, prisons, jails, and social service agencies. The Arts In Education movement grew from the work of Teaching Artists in schools.[1]

Eric Booth has defined a Teaching Artist: “A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”[2] This term applies to professional artists in all artistic fields.[3] Teaching Artists have worked in schools and in communities for many decades.[4] [5] [6]

On April 16, 2011 The Association of Teaching Artists convened the First National Teaching Artists Forum. The Forum was held at The Center for Arts Education, in New York. Leaders in the Teaching Artist field such as Eric Booth, Nick Rabkin, Dale Davis, Richard Kessler, Jane Remer, brought together and led a group of nearly fifty participants to help advance the work of Teaching Artists.[7]

In September, 2011 A team of researchers at NORC published Teaching Artists and the Future of Education (Rabkin, et al),[8] the first comprehensive survey of teaching artist practices in the United States.

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  1. ^ History of Teaching Artists
  2. ^ Booth Article
  3. ^ Teaching Artist described
  4. ^ Phillip Lopate, Journal of a Living Experiment, a documentary history of Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the writers-in-the-schools movement. New York: Virgil Press, 1979.
  5. ^ Jane Remer, A Brief History of Artists in K-12 American Schooling, Teaching Artists Journal, Volume I, Number 2, 2003.
  6. ^ Michael Wakeford, A Short Look At A Long Past, Putting The Arts In The Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century, Edited by Nick Rabkin and Robin Redmond, Center for Arts Policy, Columbia College Chicago, 2004
  7. ^ Teaching Artists Forum
  8. ^ Rabkin, N., Reynolds, M.J., Hedberg, E.C. and Shelby, J. (2011) Teaching Artists and the Future of Education: A Report on the Teaching Artist Research Project. National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.

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