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Upcoming Events From the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable…………………...3

Service Organizations………………………………………….…………………………...5

Professional Development Workshops & Conferences……………….……………...7

Social Media Groups…………………...……………………………………..……………12

Arts Learning Standards…..…………………..…………………………………………..13

Additional Resources……………………………..………………………………………..14

Upcoming Events From the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

The Interplay between Research and Program Design: Sharing our Learning in Early Childhood Professional Learning

January 23, 2020

Exclusive FREE Event for Roundtable Members!

The NYCDOE and early childhood partners, The Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y, The New Victory Theater, Studio in A School, and the Third Street Music School Settlement, will share lessons learned about research and its impact on professional learning. Over the course of three years, this collaboration of partners has provided early childhood professional learning called Create utilizing research to inform the professional learning model and the delivery of coaching to Pre-K sites. Teams will also discuss the research impact on teaching artist practice, organization capacity and in shaping quality professional learning.

Early Career Professionals Meet-Up

January 27, 2020

Hosted by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and Community-Word Project!

This Early Career Professionals Meet-Up is aimed toward individuals who are in the first steps of their career (Arts Administrators and Teaching Artists who have been in the field for five years or less). Join us at Fulton Hall’s Happy Hour to chat about our professional journeys, career goals, and other interesting topics related (and unrelated!) to the arts-in-education field. Start the new year off by meeting with other arts education professionals and begin to create a peer group who can be a resource and support as you navigate your career path.

Day of Learning on Equity & Inclusion: Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Pedagogy

February 26, 2020

On February 26, 2020, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable will host its annual Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion. This year’s learning exchange will focus on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Pedagogy. We will explore how our roles as arts educators and administrators can support a student centered learning space that honors cultural identities and promotes social-emotional well-being in the classroom. To align and sustain our practice with the values of this pedagogy, we are inviting young people from our arts community to join us as presenters and co-learners for this special event.

Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

March 26, 2020

More information coming soon about this hands-on three-hour workshop! Facilitated by Heidi Landis.

Face to Face 2020

April 15-16, 2020

Face to Face is the largest, most comprehensive arts in education conference in New York State. Through a wide variety of panels, workshops, reports, and other presentations, the conference gives arts in education practitioners the opportunity to think deeply and learn more about arts in education. The conference offers something for everyone: arts administrators, teaching artists, school personnel, parents, and representatives of community-based organizations. An array of exciting presenters share best practices; discuss local, state, national, and international policies; and address enduring issues such as quality, assessment, sustainability, professional development, equity and inclusion, and art and social justice.

2020 Arts in Education Job Fair

May 7th, 2020 (4-7pm)

The 2020 Arts in Education Job Fair will be held in May at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Numerous arts education and cultural organizations from across NYC will come together to engage arts administrators, teaching artists, interns, and students looking to break into the arts in education field. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to learn about organizations and speak with their representatives at fair tables.

Teaching Artist Affairs Committee End-of-Year Event

Date TBD

The TAA Affairs Committee will host an event in the spring/early summer for teaching artists to celebrate the work they've done this year, relax and network, and make art.

Service Organizations

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable (NYCAIER) is a service organization and a community of arts education practitioners sharing information, providing professional development, and communicating with the public to promote their work in schools and beyond (Mission, 2020). Members include individual arts educators as well as organizations ranging from large cultural and performing arts institutions to small community-based organizations (Members, 2020). The Roundtable website offers event listings, job opportunities, and more for teaching artists and arts education organizations around the city.

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable's Teaching Artist Affairs Committee

The Teaching Artist Affairs (TAA) Committee supports the teaching artist profession from the perspectives of both teaching artists and the organizations that employ them (Roundtable Committees, 2020). If you are interested in joining, please email Managing Director, Kim Olsen at

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) 

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities. On the TAG website, you can find resources on pay rates, a social justice resource database to use when teaching, and a community of artists with which to get and share information.

New York Foundation For the Arts (NYFA) 

New York Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit service organization that provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive. You can find professional development opportunities, job listings, and many artist fellowships and grants on their website.

National Guild for Community Arts Education 

The mission of the Guild is to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. We accomplish this by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. We develop leaders and organizations that are responsive to community needs, equipped with effective management tools, and prepared to advance issues of equity and inclusion through the arts.You can find many professional development and job opportunities on their website.

Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 

AEP is a national network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice. Great hub for arts education research!

American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE)

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts. Hosts annual national conference and monthly webinars.

NYC Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) 

NYCMER provides a forum for museum education professionals to address meaningful issues relevant to our work and to exchange and disseminate current information.

International Teaching Artist Collaborative

The International Teaching Artists Collaborative became a year round organisation in 2018, as a result of the appetite created by ITAC’s previous biennial international conferences. They are the first international network created by and for teaching artists, and Artists who work in participatory settings, to develop their practice, create connections and develop our field. They host an international conference every two years alongside monthly “Think Tank” Zoom calls. In their Think Tanks, each month a Host from a different part of the world will share insights about their work, and in discussion with you and others, dig deep about the ways this could help you develop your own practice .

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is advancing the arts in the United States. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Hosts annual Arts Advocacy Day. Website offers great research-based resources, webinars, and advocacy tools.

Center for Arts Education

Established in 1996, at the peak of an arts education crisis in New York City public schools, CAE has been a stalwart advocate for and provider of quality arts education for more than two decades. Today, CAE takes a uniquely comprehensive approach to arts education, focusing on providing future-oriented teaching and learning at all grade levels and in all disciplines; increasing college and career readiness for teens; family and community engagement initiatives; professional development for educators; and model programs and research.

Association for Teaching Artists

The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is the oldest, independent organization serving Teaching Artists in the country. ATA serves Teaching Artists in New York State and has a national and international following. Launched the Digital Professional Development Series in Fall of 2019. Hosts annual ATA Distinguished Service to Field Awards to raise the visibility of Teaching Artists within the arts in education fields and in the organizations for which they work.

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA) 

Relatively new volunteer-run network that advocates for, supports and empowers Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Dance/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

Professional Development Workshops & Conferences

Teaching Artist Project 

Teaching Artist Project (TAP) is a comprehensive training and internship program designed to prepare practicing artists to bring their craft to the classroom. The program entails a rigorous, 8-month curriculum, rich in social justice-based pedagogy that also provides supervised on-the-job experience. The program is a division of Community-Word Project (CWP), a New York City based 501(c)(3) arts-in-education organization that inspires children in underserved communities to read, interpret, and respond to their world and to become active citizens through collaborative arts residencies and teacher training programs.

Teaching Artist Training Institute 

TATI provides free training in arts education best practices for individuals interested in working with students with disabilities. Through observational visits and professional development seminars, TATI participants learn the fundamentals of autism, pathways of communication, and the therapeutic value of the arts. Applications are now open.

TAP Summer Institute 

Summer Institute is a three-day intensive workshop for creative writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, and theater artists with 2+ years teaching artist experience. Summer Institute's training curriculum is based on Community-Word Project's "creative process" exploration methods, teaching practices and arts-in-education philosophy developed over 18 years. Applications will open in December 2019.

International Teaching Artist Conference 5

September 15-17, 2020 (Seoul, South Korea)

Hosted by International Teaching Artist Collaborative -- the ITAC conference welcome practices, inspiration, ideas and thoughts around and beyond the conference themes of: unlearning, valuing and being valued, peace and reconciliation, responding to the policies, local and nomadic practices. Application and conference session proposal period opens January 2020!

National Dance Institute Collaborative for Teaching and Learning 

A professional development program for teaching artists, dance educators, musicians, and organizations worldwide. Featuring:

Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum   

Through workshops led by world-class Teaching Artists, inspiring keynote presentations by international leaders in their fields, attendance at Lincoln Center’s unparalleled performances, and more, Summer Forum helps more than 300 people each summer deepen their practice, broaden their horizons, and enjoy career- and life-changing experiences. Whatever your career path and goals, there’s a Summer Forum lab to help you get there. Summer Forum registration usually opens in March. Stay tuned for more information about specific lab offerings, speakers, performances, and more!

TIOS: Theatre in Our Schools Event

Date TBD (March / Early April 2020)

The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society have partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) to sponsor Theatre in Our Schools to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. TIOS presentations and advocacy may happen anytime in schools, theatres, and other public spaces. We recognize and promote March as the official TIOS month, with a series of community- and school-based events and celebrations nationwide. Look out for information a NY-based event in Spring 2020!

Teaching Artist Community @ Teachers College (TAC@TC)

(TAC@TC) is an innovative, ten-month certificate program that offers teaching artists from all disciplines—music, theater, dance, visual and media arts—the opportunity to be part of a stimulating professional learning community committed to growing its teaching practice.

Together, participants consider the possibilities afforded by artistic knowing, and examine issues related to presentation and sequencing in response to students with different needs and backgrounds. Embracing participants’ artistry and content expertise, the program provides pedagogical tools and strategies for collaboration in schools and community settings, and fosters inquiry-based reflection on immediate and past teaching practices. The blended on-campus and online program format provides flexibility for artist educators in the New York Metro area, nationally and internationally.

CUNY Creative Arts Team

A vital part of CAT’s mission is to share the interactive, student-centered teaching methods that make such an impact with young people, ensuring that our work doesn’t end when our actor-teachers leave the classroom. To that end, CAT has been providing professional development opportunities for educators and other youth development professionals for decades. CAT’s robust, practical workshops are enjoyable, hands-on, and tailored to address pertinent topics within the greater NYC community. Click here for upcoming Professional Developments. Roundtable Members get 50% off their PD workshops by emailing!

Ping Chong & Company Summer Training Institute 

Ping Chong’s one-week training intensive is designed to engage and inspire artists, teachers, students, and community practitioners interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement.

Mark Morris Dance Group 

Currently offers two types of PD for teaching artists:

Carnegie Hall 

Music educators who work in schools and communities with K–12 students strengthen their skills in a series of professional training and musical activities in the Resnick Education Wing. From September to June, New York City directors at all stages of their careers have the opportunity to participate in workshops with student ensembles and visiting faculty, learn from professional artists, and attend Carnegie Hall concerts. Each July, national Summer Music Educators Workshop participants attend four days of intensive workshops focused on ensemble instruction and classroom strategies, observe student-ensemble demonstration rehearsals, build a community of peers, and interact with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

VSA: The International Organization for Arts and Disability

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

Dance/NYC Annual Symposium

Dance/NYC’s 2020 Symposium will consider 21st century models for building a resilient and thriving dance ecosystem. It will invite participants to investigate topics of labor organizing; transformative justice; dance education in a changing political climate; and the business of dance-making, among others.

As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium aims to share information, innovation, and to stimulate awareness, interest, and ongoing engagement in dance and dance education. The 2020 Symposium will be hosted campus-style and make use of Hunter College’s expanding dance facilities and performance spaces for panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, a networking lunch, and more.

Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 

The Dance Education Laboratory is a professional development program for all educators and artists interested in developing their dance education curricula. All DEL courses align with the New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning Dance in grades K-12. Graduate or undergraduate college credit can be arranged with SUNY Empire State College for an additional fee. 92nd Street Y is a vendor listed with the New York City Department of Education.

Social Media Groups

Teaching Artists of New York City - NYC Arts in Education Roundtable 

A space for TAs in NYC to communicate, collaborate, share work & job opportunities.

Teaching Artists Sharing & Caring - Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic 

Teaching Artists Sharing and Caring! is a group page for members of Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA). TAMA represents different art forms, and this page serves as a callboard for, but not limited to, networking between artists and arts organizations, announcing grants & job searches, sharing the joys and challenges of our current projects, and discussing & reflecting on the business of our profession.

Teaching Artists Failing Forward 

The Teaching Artists Failing Forward Facebook Group was created at the 2015 National Guild Conference in Philadelphia in an effort to share lessons learned from Teaching Artists of all experiences and backgrounds. This page is dedicated to expanding communication in the field and to making innovative risk and consequent learning a visible conversation among Teaching Artists across the nation.

Arts Learning Standards

New York City Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts  

“The Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts provide teachers with a path to follow for developing curriculum in all arts disciplines, and provide benchmarks for what children should know, understand, and be able to do in dance, music, theater, and visual arts at critical junctures in their intellectual, physical, and emotional development. In addition, the Blueprints provide school administrators with tools to appropriately supervise arts teachers and to recognize and share with parents the potential their children have for achievement in the arts.”

Includes individual blueprints for: Visual Art, Dance, Theater, Moving Image, Music,

New York State Arts Learning Standards 

Revised in 2017 based on the new National Core Arts Standards. The New York State P-12 Learning Standards for the Arts are designed to develop artistically literate citizens. An artistically literate citizen has the knowledge, skills, and understanding to actively engage in the arts throughout their lives. The intrinsic nature of the arts leads to and promotes a civilized, sustainable society. Artistically literate graduates are career and college ready, capable of understanding and addressing the needs of society, and participating in a global economy.

National Core Arts Standards

“A process that guides educators in providing a unified quality arts education for students in Pre-K through high school. National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework, is a narrative document that outlines the philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the National Core Arts Standards.”

Arts alignment: Blueprint benchmarks & NYS performance indicators 

“The Office of Arts and Special Projects is pleased to offer teachers of all Arts disciplines resources demonstrating the alignments of the newest version of the New York State Standards for the Arts to the NYCDOE Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and the Moving Image/Media Arts.”

Additional Resources

Teaching Artistry with Courtney J Boddie 

In this podcast series, Courtney Boddie chats with teaching artists and arts educators, for whom she has the utmost respect, and who are working diligently and thoughtfully to move the profession forward and to exact change within the profession, the world and beyond, and are fiercely devoted advocates for the arts. Together, these leaders in the teaching artist world and Courtney discuss the intrinsic joys and challenges in this work and how acknowledging triumphs and recognizing and celebrating failures is a key component to success—especially in the arts.

ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Network

Great resource for lesson plans, how-to’s, webinars, projects, and more in the field of arts education. Website will soon by migrating to a different platform, but the material is very rich!

Teaching Artist Journal 

The Teaching Artist Journal is a print and online quarterly devoted to the practice and thought of teaching artists and all those working at the intersections of arts and learning. TAJ is published by Routledge.

Americans for the Arts Blog 

Great online resource for teaching artists, arts administrators and arts advocates to share knowledge.

Paying For Professionalism: Teaching Artist Compensation Survey in NYC 

The TAA Committee of the NYCAIER created an employment survey in the spring of 2016 to better understand the landscape of compensation for TAs in New York City. New York City is a national leader in arts, education, and arts education. The NYCAIER TAA Committee seeks to educate and dialogue about how New York City can become a leader in best TA employment practices as well.

The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator by Eric Booth,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch 

The Music Teaching Artist's Bible helps practicing and aspiring teaching artists gain the skills they need to build new audiences, improve the presence of music in schools, expand the possibilities of traditional and educational performances, and ultimately make their lives as an artists even more satisfying and fulfilling.

The Teaching Artist Sutras

by Michael Wiggins 

Written by a veteran teaching artist, and inspired by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Teaching Artist Sutras describes best practices for teaching artists and addresses all aspects of the TA's professional life. A reflective guide-book presented as a collection of aphorisms, The Teaching Artist Sutras takes a philosophical look at the profession, with brisk commentary on the essential elements of lesson planning, classroom management, curriculum design, reflection, assessment, and making a living as a teaching artist.

Teaching Artist Healthcare Webinar 

In the fall of 2018, the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee hosted a free webinar on getting healthcare coverage. Every Teaching Artist Insured is a free live stream presentation for teaching artists, freelance artists, and arts administrators who do not have insurance through an employer or union. This one hour presentation will provide clear information on how to sign up for a health insurance plan through the New York State of Health Marketplace (Obamacare), and information on local, low cost healthcare options for New York City residents.

Jacob Burns Film Center’s Free Educator Resources 

Every teacher is invited to jump right into the joy and engagement of viewing and creating media by utilizing the JBFC’s free resources.

Teaching Artist as Entrepreneur Event Resource Folder 

In the fall of 2019, the Teaching Artist Affairs Committee hosted a free event on financial sustainability, networking, and the NYCDOE vendor license process for freelance educators. Visit this link to access a Google Drive of resources from the event!

Teaching Artist Video Library 

As part of the Bartol Foundation’s work to support teaching artists, we established the

National Teaching Artist Video Library, a national platform for teaching artists to share

their knowledge. These one-minute tips are designed to be put to use in your classroom

or community today. There are new tips every month to help with classroom

management and activities for the classroom.


Working Artists and the Greater Economy is a New York-based activist organization founded in 2008. Their mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract our labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.

TAG Asset Map 

This interactive, multi-layered digital map is built to showcase the depth and breadth of the field of teaching artistry. TAG’s aim is to make the work of arts and culture organizations and individual teaching artists visible, strengthening the delicate or sometimes non-existent network of arts providers and bolstering the field of arts education and teaching artistry. They also wish to determine which populations are being served, enabling a more comprehensive study of equity and access to arts education.

Teaching Artist Pay Rate Calculator 

A tool from the Teaching Artist Guild to help teaching artists to negotiate at least a minimum living wage and help hiring organizations advocate for funding to pay teaching artists a living wage.

A Teaching Artist's Companion: How to Define and Develop Your Practice

by Daniel Levy

A Teaching Artist's Companion: How to Define and Develop Your Practice is a how-to reference for veteran and beginning teaching artists alike. Artist-educator Daniel Levy has been working in classrooms, homeless shelters and correctional facilities for over thirty years. With humor and hard-won insight, Levy and a variety of contributing teaching artists narrate their successes and failures while focusing on the practical mechanics of working within conditions of limited time and resources.

The International Teaching Artist's Conference Global History Timeline Project 

ITAC launched The Global History Timeline Project, which will begin to write the history of our international field by creating a timeline of significant events from around the world. Our field is known by many names – “teaching artist,” “community artist,” “social practice artist,” “artist in residence,” “citizen artist,” and more – but together we have one history.

2019 Arts in Schools Report 

“The Annual Arts in Schools Report includes data about arts teachers, arts budgeting, space for the arts, partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, and parent involvement for elementary, middle, and high schools. The first Annual Arts in Schools Report was published in March 2008. These reports help school administrators, parents, and students understand how their schools are progressing towards offering universal arts education to all students.”

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Workforce Demographics Pilot Study Results

The 2019 SMU DataArts pilot survey collected information on the staff demographics of a group of nonprofit cultural organizations funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs, including the 33 members of the Cultural Institutions Group and 32 organizations that receive support through the Cultural Development Fund.