.                  Teaching Artist Support Collaborative  
                          of California (TASC)


TASC is a collaborative Community of Practice for teaching artists and the organizations that hire them, committed to the professional support of artists who are passionate about education and community engagement in schools, community settings and social service organizations.

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California Arts Council Meets Aug. 28 to Allocate $5 Million

Many of us have been watching to see what will happen with the $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the largest increase in general fund monies since support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% back in 2003.

The CAC meets this August 28th to discuss how funds will be allocated.  The meeting information is as follows:

August 28, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 97201

Jobs & Opportunities


Do you have a job opportunity to share? Email us at tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com

Resources for Teaching Artists
Crane at Sunset

Crane at Sunset. iPad art by Helene Goldberg,Berkeley. www.helenegoldberg.com

Mobile digital artists are creating amazing work on their iPads and iPhones, using new digital art programs. Helene Goldberg is among the growing crop of inventive artists painting, experimenting and testing the boundaries of this new art form. Helene’s work has appeared in galleries and exhibits on both coasts and in Europe. Crane at Sunset was created on the iPad using Art Rage.


I Am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Artist Jill Randall works with young students, using a book for dance exploration. She blogs regularly about children’s books on dance; check out her blog for a reading list and ideas (www.dancingwords.typepad.com). Read more below from Jill on what it means to "make it" as a dancer and teaching artist.


Next Steps for TASC

Re-Connecting with Old Friends and Welcoming New as the Advisory Council Maps Out Plans for TASC's Future

At the end of May, the Regional Advisory Council of the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative (TASC) of California met in Los Angeles to kick off our strategic planning process for the coming year and beyond. At the top of our agenda was reveling in our first face-to-face meeting in just over a year. While we conduct a lot of efficient business in our monthly conference calls, and some of us have regional neighbors on the Council, it’s always delightful (and amazingly productive) to be together in the same room.

Hosted at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission by Council member Megan Kirkpatrick (Arts for All), the RAC reflected on our start-up year and our first year of routine operations.  We were pleased to realize that we had created a pretty stable and efficient Council structure, with very little turn over and the addition of a few wonderful voices, including Jeffry Walker from Santa Barbara’s iCAN, Jean Johnstone as the new representative from Teaching Artist Guild (TAG), and Elisha Wilson-Beach, who first served as our administrative coordinator then joined the RAC after her baby girl was born. (We must confess that said baby girl was one of the highlights of our day in LA!)  But we also realized that we are on the lookout for other voices throughout the state to contribute.

In broad strokes, we chose to focus on defining goals that will develop local leadership, strengthen our internal structures to better serve the field as we grow (our total operating budget is still under $25,000 per year, so of course fundraising is part of our vision too), and take action that will build and support our membership, which now stands at over 450 individual and organizational members. Details are being worked out and we look forward to sharing them with you in next month’s newsletter.

The TASC Advisory Council met in late May to discuss strategic goals.

Oh, and not incidentally, at our May meeting, we welcomed our new Communications and Development Coordinator, Adriana Sanchez Alexander. Look for upcoming opportunities to learn more about Adriana and a chance to meet her in the fall as she gets to know folks outside of her Southern California home community. She’ll want to hear what you have to say!

To contact TASC, email tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com.


Digging for Gold!

All That Glitters on the TASC Website

By Belinda Taylor, TASC Advisor

The new school year looms and maybe you could use some inspiration for your lesson planning. We invite you to head over to our website, www.tascofcalifornia.org, and click on Resources.

This section is designed to give teaching artists and organizations examples of curriculum materials and resources that offer insight and info on curriculum development and arts integration.

Featured Resources:
Artsource® Curriculum
is a collection of comprehensive lesson plans designed to help teachers engage their students with works of art. Each Artsource® unit includes short summaries that provide historical and cultural background on selected artists and a description of the featured artwork. Built on the components of the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Standards, each lesson includes clear student outcomes, criteria for meaningful tasks and assessment questions.

The Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies. It is a free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts that includes lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules.

Read on and get more great resources here.

Next month: Hiring and Training of Teaching Artists.


A Life Full of Making Dance Happen

By Jill Randall

Jill's blog originally appeared on Emmaly Wiederholt's blog Stance on Dance.  Emmaly asked eight dance artists at different points in their careers what “making it” meant to them. This is Jill's response.

I am 38 years old. I am a performer, teacher, writer, mentor, arts administrator and dance dreamer. I have lived the life of a dance-teaching artist since age 21. I pretty much have made all of my income by teaching or arts administration. All of these years, including during pregnancies and with infants at home, I have performed several times a year.

To me, it has all counted as “dance” and “professional work” in my mind – teaching in public schools, running Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, co-directing the Dance IS Festival, creating my Life as Modern Dancer Blog. And at the heart of all of it was my performing work. I have performed for 14 years with Nina Haft & Company, on and off with Paufve Dance for ten years, and several years with choreographers Dana Lawton and Martt Lawrence.

I have a strong personal mission to shift this picture of “making it” in modern dance in the United States beyond the image of having the full-time gig in a company like Bill T. Jones or Trisha Brown. This was one of the main reasons I began the Life as a Modern Dancer Blog two years ago. Making it can mean so much more than that narrow definition.

Have I “made it?” Have I had a life full of dance and all of its manifestations? Absolutely! Have I contributed to communities and made dance more accessible to young people? Yes! At the end of each week, do I feel good about how I have spent my days? Yes!

Upcoming Events


17 Sep 2014 • Downtown Los Angeles
26 Sep 2014 8:30 AM • 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor. Oakland CA
27 Sep 2014 9:30 AM • Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley CA
29 Sep 2014 6:00 PM • San Francisco CA

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Connecting to the Larger Conversation

Recently, arts organizations and arts funders have been talking a lot about things like community engagement and participation. And even though they may not explicitly mention teaching artistry – they’re talking about what we do. After all…

“It is the teaching artist that is the expert in bringing people from outside the arts inside the arts…  It is the teaching artist who can bring them in to create art, to experience art in live performance, and really bring them in to acknowledging and valuing their own artistry that they carry.”
- Eric Booth, Editor of Teaching Artist Journal

As part of all this increased interest, research and reports have been coming out which offer more and interesting ideas for the field. This past July saw the publication of a report by the Helicon Collaborative and the James Irvine Foundation, titled Making Meaningful Connections: Characteristics of arts groups that engage new and diverse participants (itself part of a research series on arts engagement).

Even though the report is about and for organizations, we as teaching artists can also take some new ideas, new perspectives, and new questions that can help us examine and refine our individual practices and, perhaps just as importantly, the way we talk about what we do.

Because although teaching artists are often the face of community engagement, sometimes our work doesn't explicitly show up in the published reports. Sometimes it will be up to us to make the connections, make visible the role teaching artistry can and does play, and connect our work to the larger conversation.

Read the Making Meaningful Connections report here.

Ways to Contribute

Submit Your Blog
TASC is in search of blog submissions that focus on teaching artistry and arts learning from a variety of perspectives. We invite teaching artist, arts administrators, educators, researchers and more to contribute to the ongoing conversation. Learn More.

I am a Teaching Artist

The field of teaching artistry is a continuously growing field that can be as diverse as each individual artist. It encompasses many arts forms, teaching methodologies, learning settings and so much more. TASC wants to know your story as a teaching artist! Learn More.



Share your videos & photos

TASC invites photos and videos that show the work of teaching artists. Do you have a video or photo that you feel is representative of your work as a teaching artist or what your organization does? Send video links and photos to tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com.
Include names of individuals in the photo. 
Please note that you must have full permission to use any photos or videos you share with TASC.


TASC of California is a collaborative of teaching artists and the organizations that hire, train, and support them.  Oversight is provided by the TASC Regional Liaison Advisory Group. TASC is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts.     

Contact us at: tascofcalifornia@gmail.com or tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com.

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The art works on this site are used with permission of the artist, Helene Goldberg, who also created the TASC logo.
Read more Helene Goldberg Artist Statement.pdf

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