.                  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.

Membership is Free! 

          Who's on our Regional Advisory Committee?  Click here to find out.  
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Professional Development Tips for Teaching Artists

Check out this FREE e-book brought to you by our friends at the Teaching Artists Guild.

Make. Teach. Prosper.
The 12 Essential Business Tools You Need to Kick Start the Teaching Artist Career of Your Dreams

What if there was a way to find a new path towards prosperity as a Teaching Artist?  And what if we could do this in a way that builds on and honors our skills, passions, experience, and expertise?

Make. Teach. Prosper. is written by Lynn Johnson and contains:

  • A process for creating a simple but powerful business plan
  • Tips for unleashing the power of social media
  • Advice about developing your unique brand
  • A step-by-step guide to getting your website set up
  • Information about liability insurance, setting up administrative supports, and much more!

Download your free e-book here.

Jobs & Opportunities


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

Integrating the Visual Arts
Global Modernisms

Artist Yayoi Kusama in one of her colorful, pattern-filled self-portraits. She describes polka dots as having "the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life."

Teachers and students can explore fascinating contemporary art practices from around the world on the Tate Modern’s Kahn Academy website. Titled Global Modernisms, the site features contemporary artists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  A video featuring Ai WeiWei’s "Sunflower Seeds" takes a journey into the life of a Chinese village and into Ai WeiWei's social aesthetic as discussed by the artist himself. Japan’s Yayoi Kusama, now in her 90s, invites us into her unique world of polka dots, brilliant colors and repeated patterns. There is much, much more to discover at the Tate Modern site. What are you waiting for?

Click here to explore the Global Modernisms website.


Video: Where Do You Want To Go?

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is making an effort to bring teaching artists to their conference in November, including offering a special Teaching Artist Track with Eric Booth -- who asks in the above video, "As a teaching artist, where do you want to go?"  The Conference's three session sequence will actually be hands-on working sessions in which participants will advance projects that support the national field of teaching artistry.  Advance registration closes October 30th.

Please see flier with more information about the Teaching Artist track here.


What's Happening at the CAC

Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company recently received an "Artists in Schools" grant from the CAC to teach Philippines folk dance in Santa Clara County.

California Arts Council provides more than $1 million for "Artists in Schools" Programming

The California Arts Council announces funding for its 2014-15 Artists in Schools Program. Artists in Schools is the California Arts Council's largest core grant program, supporting professional teaching artists in classroom and after-school settings. The 2014-15 Artists in Schools Program will provide funding for 119 arts organizations to help bring instruction in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and other art forms to children statewide during the school year. This year’s Artists in Schools grants total $1,055,688 , as compared to last year’s total of $944,784, a 12% increase.

"Arts education leads to higher graduation rates, increased creativity, and greater aspirations," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Through our Artist in Schools program, the California Arts Council strives to improve K-12 education for thousands of our state's young people - many of whom might not have access to arts education without the high-quality teaching artist residencies made possible by these grants."  Click here to read more.

Arts organizations or school administrators interested in information about the Artists in Schools program, including details and application deadlines, may contact Program Officers Wayne Cook wayne.cook@arts.ca.gov or Shelly Gilbride at shelly.gilbride@arts.ca.gov.

New Appointments to the California Arts Council

In early October, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to the California Arts Council.

Kathleen Gallegos of Los Angeles is an independent artist and the owner and founder of Avenue 50 Studio, a multicultural alternative art space in Highland Park with an emphasis on Chicano and Latino art. Since 2000, Gallegos has been the Director of the Avenue 50 Studio.  Through her leadership, the Studio grew from her personal art studio to a thriving non-profit, Latina-led, arts presentation organization. In 2011, through a James Irvine grant, Gallegos headed the Poesia Para La Gente program, bringing poetry to the underserved in her community such as the Downtown LA Mission, Homeboy Industries, and The Day Laborers camp at Home Depot. This inspired her to take Latino art outside the traditional Gallery walls bringing art to those who have no means to go to, or are intimidated by a gallery.  Click here to read about two more new appointees to the CAC.

Arts Council Member Charmaine Jefferson welcomes new Council Member Kathleen Gallegos at the October 6th meeting at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Digging for Gold!

All That Glitters on the TASC Website

By Belinda Taylor, TASC Advisor

This Month's Topic: What constitutes a master teaching artist?

What exactly does a teaching artist need in order to be considered a “master” teaching artist? What knowledge and expertise can a “masterful” teaching artist claim to possess? Here are some thoughts inspired by the Association of Teaching Artists (ATA in New York) modified by the teaching artists of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, tailored for a school environment.

  • Understanding Your Art Form
  • Understanding Classroom Environment and Human Development
  • Understanding and Using Educational Pedagogies and Standards of Practice
  • Understanding the Business of Working in a School Environment
  • (New) Understanding of the Common Core curriculum

We added that last item, recognizing the sea change occurring in K-12 education right now, a shift that has the potential to place Teaching Artists and Art Specialists smack in the middle of classroom pedagogy in partnership with the classroom teacher.

To watch several short and excellent videos of Eric Booth discussing the critical skills of a good teaching artist, click here.

This same link will take you to what you need to know about your Art Form.

Reports From the Field:
Bay Area

A Journey into Bay Area Arts Learning Riches

Jazz mural glimpsed from the bus while visiting San Francisco.

By Adriana Sanchez Alexander

Being from Orange County and also being relatively new to the TASC team, I recently found myself whisked away for a arts-rich tour of the Bay Area and Sacramento. The trip was planned with the intention of getting to know better some of the exceptional organizations represented on the TASC Advisory Council, as well as attempting to better learn the lay of the teaching artistry land that lies to my north.

With all this in mind, my personal goal for the trip was to try to learn something about what connects teaching artists in California as teaching artists. What are the threads of experience, of information-sharing, of common identity, and the common needs that join the field?  Granted, this is not a small question but one which I will be pursuing for many years to come at TASC. Here is a snapshot of what I experienced and learned during five days in September.


Believe it or not, I have rarely visited the Bay Area. I of course know its reputation as an "artsy" metropolis, yet I still found myself surprised and delighted by the presence of art in everyday life: street musicians playing corridos in the subway and jazz in the park; dance classes held in a public plaza; artwork painted on walls and utility boxes; and, on a bit of time off, world-class art museums just a bus ride away. Overall, I experienced a vibrancy in the arts that many people in other places (such as myself in a suburban area) don't experience on a regular basis. It occurred to me that this might be a nurturing environment for teaching artists -- plenty of places to draw inspiration from and an atmosphere which seemed to promise possibilities.

With my expectations high, I was not disappointed. I saw a whole range of teaching artists on the job, from those working in classroom programs to museum-based programs to freelancers working in the community. I was intrigued by some STEM into STEAM projects -- a Lego-car and an just-missed opportunity to see/hear/experience a mobile sound lab installation. Even though I was very sorry to miss the sound lab, I later looked up Liz Barton's work on the web and will be following her work. The students I observed were also from all walks of life and ages, as well. I was surprised to observe a teaching artist at work in a kindergarten classroom! Even though working on art with such young students can be a bit tricky, as far as classroom management, Jane Hastings was an expert. Students learned about Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and then made their own marvelous pictures with spaghetti, while learning about horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and squiggly lines. I also had the opportunity to observe auditions at Destiny Arts Center, where I felt that the young dancers' joy in movement reflected my own thoughts and impressions so far -- that there is a very powerful sense of vibrancy in the teaching artist field right now.  Read more here.

If you would like to contact Adriana at TASC, please email her at adriana@tascofcalifornia.org.



Upcoming Events

17 Sep 2014 • Downtown Los Angeles
30 Oct 2014 9:00 AM • McClellan, CA
04 Nov 2014 • Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley
08 Nov 2014 9:00 AM • Indiana

Want to share your event?

Email event information to tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com

Connecting to the Larger Conversation

How can you add your voice to the conversation about teaching artistry? Writing about practice is a way to share experiences, feel connected, and contribute to building the field. 

To help you dive into things, the Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ) special issue on writing about practice is now online and the entire issue is FREE until the end of December.

In the words of Malke Rosenfeld, Special Issue Guest Editor:

"It’s time we used our own language to talk about our work, not just to talk to each other, although we need more of that too. We need to write about our teaching in our own words; there is no other way to describe exactly what is happening when we make art together with our students." 

Why is it important? More from Rosenfeld:

"We need to do this because art-making is personal and so is teaching. Because the words of standardization can never fully or realistically communicate what we do. Because if we use these standardized words to describe our individual approaches we will obscure the uniqueness, quality and meaning inherent in our work."

Convinced?  Several articles offer ideas and break down just how you might start writing about your own practice.  Plus, there are plenty of venues for sharing your voice -- including on the TASC website in a blog.  We're always looking to hear from you!

Download your copy of the Teaching Artist Journal here.

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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.

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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.
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