Teaching artist

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A Memphis potter conducts a summer workshop in hand-building in Germantown, Tennessee.

Teaching artists, also known as art teachers or artist educators or community artists, are professional artists who supplement their incomes by teaching and integrating their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings, such as by showing kids how to make clay mugs with faces in local libraries and elementary schools. Teaching artists work with schools, after school programs, community agencies, prisons, jails, and social service agencies. The Arts In Education movement benefited from the work of Teaching Artists in schools.[1]

Arts learning consultant Eric Booth has defined a teaching artist, somewhat wordily, as "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 City with nearly fifty participants.[7]

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  1. ^ History of Teaching Artists Archived 2012-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Booth Article
  3. ^ Teaching Artist described Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  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 Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.

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