Teaching Artists...


Many people have asked our Arts Education Coordinator during her outreach, "What is a Teaching Artist?"

Here is a useful definition excerpted from the Arizona Commission on the Arts:

"A teaching artist is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning."

To read more about who Teaching Artists are & what they do, please see the link below:

More resources for Teaching Artists 

The STAR Program administered by CNY Arts is an exciting opportunity for Teaching Artists or artists that are interested in working in public schools.

CNY Arts is still accepting applications for a free two-day Teaching Artist professional development workshop for artists looking to deepen their practice and enhance the marketability of their work.

The workshop will be June 29-30 in Rome, NY at Artistree Studio & Gallery. 

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The workshop will feature topics such as: active learning focused on collaborative skills, arts partnership unit design, STEM and STEAM potentials, meaningful connections to school curriculums, the Teaching Artist profession, and the development of a Central NY Teaching Artist Sharing Network.

Artists that complete the trainings will be prioritized when applying for any 2017 Decentralization Arts Education grants! Artists who complete this workshop will also be invited to a networking day with K-12 teachers and administrators in mid-August. A directory of Teaching Artists who completed our June trainings will be distributed at this networking day. In addition to networking with teachers who may be interested in collaborating with Teaching Artists, there will be a grant-writing mini-workshop that day for all attendees to better understand how to write a successful Decentralization Arts Education grant.

Please feel welcome to apply or share with other individuals you believe might benefit. If you have any thoughts or questions don't hesitate to contact

Posted On: June 10, 2016
Listed As: Arts Forum