Jun 13, 2018

Oh, the Places You’ll Go As a Teaching Artist

by: Laura Kochman

At Mural Arts, we have a long history of bringing artists into classroom settings. Our teaching artists work at schools all over the city, with students of all ages—but we also have experience bringing art into the foster care system, the juvenile justice system, the adult prison population, and beyond. Where else can teaching artists go? It’s a question worth exploring.

So we’re doing it! On June 23, Mural Arts is co-convening a symposium for teaching artists with the University of the Arts, with legendary teaching artist Eric Booth as the keynote speaker. “Where is the new frontier for teaching artists?” asks Beth Feldman Brandt of Stockton Rush Bartol, one of the generous funders for this symposium. “We are excited to hear from those who have moved beyond the K–12 classroom with powerful arts experiences for all.”

Restorative Practices Youth students with teaching artists Joseph Iacona and Damaso Gallman, in front of the new mural at AIC. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Whether you’re a seasoned teaching artist or you’re an artist interested in teaching, all voices are valuable in this conversation. Have you ever incorporated movement in your teaching practice? How about partnering with a city department or an occupational therapist? What are best practices for working with immigrant communities, or with older adults? It’s going to be a full day.

“I am especially excited to be part of this symposium. We will not revisit the familiar terrain of our field, but instead will investigate the areas where the field is growing, where the new work is emerging, where the future lies. It is rare that we get to do this together,” says Eric Booth, whose keynote will look toward the future of teaching artistry. In 2015, he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the United States, and he now leads the Teaching Artist Development Lab for New York’s Lincoln Center. We’ll have folks from so many other organizations presenting: the New York City Public Artist in Residence program; Juntos; Temple University; Lifetime Arts; Art-Reach; The Village of Arts and Humanities; Koresh Kids Dance, and more!

Community participants in front of the Pan Asian Senior Services mural by Ann Northrup. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Personally, we can’t wait. We think Eric says it pretty well: “In the disorganized field of teaching artistry, it is powerful for us to gather, learn from one another, advance our thinking, refresh our enthusiasm, and grow a little bit closer to our potential as a profession.” See you there?



This event is co-convened by the Division of Continuing Studies at The University of the Arts and Mural Arts Philadelphia, with support from the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Follow along on social media at #TAtoolkit or reserve your ticket here.

Last updated: Jun 13, 2018

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