Teaching artist

A teaching artist is an artist who teaches and integrates their art form into arts and non-arts curricula.

This term applies to artists in all artistic fields, including theatre (actors, directors, playwrights, designers, etc.), music (composers, singers, instrumentalists, conductors, etc.), dance (dancers, choreographers, designers, etc.), literary arts (poets, writers, etc.), the visual arts (painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, graphic artists, etc.), as well as other fields of creative expression.

Teaching artists have worked in schools and other settings for many decades, but their numbers increased significantly in the 1980s. In the past decade, teaching artists have been referred to as a profession, with training programs increasing, and additional capacities becoming necessary to answer educational needs.

Teaching artists are professional artists who integrate their art forms, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of educational settings. Teaching artists work with schools, after school programs, and social service agencies.They have become important practitioners and advocates for arts organizations that wish to expand their direct contact with the public or with schools. The creative "Arts In Education" movement grew from teaching artists.


External links

* [http://www.tajournal.com The Teaching Artist Journal Website]
* [http://www.leaonline.com/loi/taj The Teaching Artist Journal] , a professional journal for artists and educators who see the role of the arts in the everyday learning environment.
* [http://www.teachingartists.com/ The Association of Teaching Artists]
* [http://www.cae-nyc.org/resources/links10.htm The Center for Arts Education resources for the teaching artist]
* [http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/necap/necap.htm The New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals]
* [http://arttimesjournal.com/speakout/mayspeakout.htm "The Emergence of the Teaching Artist", article by Eric Booth]
* [http://chicagoteachingartist.typepad.com/ The Chicago Teaching Artists Collective]
* [http://www.mosaicbrain.org/ Mosaic Brain - Kansas City Youth Arts Organization Teaching art to underserved youth]

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