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Eric Booth Shares Insights on the Field of Teaching Artistry

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Jun 02, 2015

Eric Booth, recent recipient of Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Leadership Award, has published an article assessing the state of American Teaching Artistry. He points out that teaching artists (TAs) are “longtime resources in countless communities,” and that they require further funding and organizational support from the wider arts community.

Booth notes some important facts to consider:

  • There are as many as 30,000 TAs in the arts workforce
  • Arts organizations rely on TAs as educators, ambassadors , pioneers, and the public face in new communities
  • The international community looks to the U.S. as a model for the incorporation of TAs into the arts education field

Given the importance of teaching artists, Booth stresses that while there has been “a surge of energy to organize the national field,” TAs are still under-supported relative to other facets of arts education. He is hoping that more organizations, following the lead of the National Guild, will take steps to prioritize and maximize their contribution to teaching artist development.

At the 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, Eric Booth and the National Guild are collaborating on a Teaching Artist Development track dedicated to advancing the field of teaching artistry and amplifying its impact. Building on the energy-charged work of the past two Guild conferences, this year’s track includes a full-day pre-conference institute (November 11) and a series of breakout sessions during the main conference. The program will provide a rare opportunity for teaching artists and those who care about advancing the field—employing organizations, funders, organizations that train teaching artists, and others.—to work together to draft an action plan for improving the business of teaching artistry, advancing the quality and breadth of teaching artist practice, and activating a national network of the teaching artist field. The track will also include a special off-site professional development workshop for teaching artists only on Saturday, November 14.

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