.                  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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"Life of Cats"

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864), Cat and Beauty from the series Beauties in New Styles Dyed to Order, 1818–30. Color woodblock print; 36 7/8 x 22 3/8 inches. Courtesy Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation.

Before there was the Internet to show us cats chasing laser dots or waking up their human with a biff to the nose, there was the Japanese block print. Cats played a surprisingly prominent role in the work of Japan's illustrators in the 17th century on. Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection showcases 90 little-known prints that place cats, cats, and more cats at the center of their frames.

The survey begins with "The Tale of Genji" by Lady Murasaki Shikibu, an early 11th century print considered the longest-lasting image of a cat in Japanese literature. From there, the exhibition moves to the crux of the Edo period -- the 1600s to the 1800s -- to capture the ways in which artists anthropomorphized felines in domestic and exotic scenes. Oh, and we found these prints on the Internet this morning - thanks, Huffington Post.

Life of Cats will be on view at Japan Society Gallery in New York from Friday, March 13 to Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861), Cats Suggested by the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, 1847. Color woodblock print; 14 5/8 x 10 inches. Courtesy Private Collection, New York.

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Oakland hosts Blueprint for Creative Schools roll-out

Thoughts on the convening...

By Glenna Avila, Guest Author &
rtistic Director for CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)

What a treat to be in Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland, home-away-from-home for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Dizzie Gillespie, Lalo Guerrero, Xavier Cugat, and so many more! And how wonderful for Sweet’s Ballroom to be a part of the Oakland School of the Arts, allowing their talented students to follow in the footsteps of the some of the greatest musicians in history.

The convening on January 30-31, 2015, was made possible by CREATE CA which brought together over 225 arts leaders from across California for two days of listening, working, and participating in learning about CREATE CA and its release of A Blueprint for Creative Schools (funded by the California Arts Council). Spearheaded by the amazing Malissa Feruzzi Shriver and others, this important work began in 2011 as part of the Education Leaders Institute (ELI) funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Due to the location of the convening in Oakland, many more Northern California/Bay Area participants were in attendance than those from Southern California or any other parts of the state. Those in attendance were extraordinarily passionate and committed to making sure that arts education is in all public schools and it was heartwarming to see, feel, and hear this passion and the buzz in the ballroom.

The liveliest discussion during the convening was one on access and equity in the arts. Janice Jackson spoke about equity as a way of being: “Equity is about all of us, not just black and brown. It’s about the way we live our lives.” She sees the arts education conversation and the on-going one about equity and access as two separate conversations that need to come together. Where’s our theory of action for accomplishing this?

While the Blueprint is a great starting point, I personally found it did not adequately make clear the place for the role of higher education. This would include the fact that it doesn’t include a plan for adding dance, theater, and media arts specializations for teaching credentials and no plan for making arts education mandatory for pre-service teachers enrolled in credentialing programs.  Where is the voice of higher education in conversations about how well prepared California’s high school students are for success in college? We must be thinking inclusively and system-wide to ensure the success of our students.

The other major thing that I found lacking from the discussion and report is clear directions for the inclusion of arts organizations and teaching artists in the important work of providing students with high quality arts training. I feel that we need to dig deeper within the conversation regarding classroom teachers and teaching artists and come up with a collaborative plan that includes both groups equally. Both sets of experts are needed to be able to deliver arts education to our students.Artists and teachers should be working together to design and deliver arts education. A clear plan is needed to move this forward on the agenda.  Many arts organizations in California have developed significant expertise in providing professional development in the arts for classroom teachers.  We need to devise a systemic plan for professional development that addresses the artistic and creative needs of classroom teachers from throughout the state.

CREATE CA is well on its way to demonstrating the collective impact of educators, administrators, arts organizations, and teaching artists who have come together to present A Blueprint for Creative Schools to the State of California and its legislators and policy makers. Now we need to work really hard on the action steps to build public will and to get policies and budgets changed so that every child in every grade level in every school and every district has access to studying dance, media arts, music, theater and the visual arts, taught by credentialed arts teachers and teaching artists every day throughout California. No small task, however I believe this group is up for it!

Glenna Avila is Artistic Director for CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), Board Member of the Association for Teaching Artists (ATA), National Advisory Committee member of the Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), and Founding member of the Teaching Artists Support Collaborative (TASC)

More thoughts on the convening…

By Sandy Seufert, TASC Advisory Council

In reflecting on the CREATE CA Convening, I am thrilled about the respect and recognition TASC received, from table conversations and from members of the Policy Council for the California Alliance for Arts Education. Thinking back to our humble beginnings in 2007, TASC is now positioned to be a partner in implementing the Blueprint for Creative Schools, identifying opportunities for practiced teaching artists to work in classrooms with teachers and arts specialists, modeling effective arts integration practices and learning.

Through a variety of conversations with classroom teachers and school administrators at the conference, this theme began to surface with many of the questions sounding like this: “How can we find quality teaching artists for our school?” One area of interest for TASC would in be finding ways to help schools connect with arts providers and experienced teaching artists. Another would be in supporting teaching artist training/development in rural and smaller communities.

More research and reflection is needed, and conversations with the CREATE Leadership team, but what rang clear is an urgent need to support schools by linking them with experienced and even master teaching artists who can model quality arts integrated teaching, student learning and evaluation.

Sandy Seufert is a consultant in teaching artist training and curriculum development, a founding member of TASC, is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Teaching Artist Guild, and is a board member of the Association of Teaching Artists.

Arts & Creativity in Education Spotlight

The 100-member Blueprint for Creative Schools Task Force, formed in 2012 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, calls for arts education to be elevated to a core subject available to all students throughout California. The Superintendent considers art education vital to developing “creative expression and critical thinking skills in preparation for 21st century careers.”

In a press release Torlakson stated, “We have been extremely fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and creative group, the Blueprint for Creative Schools, committed helping our state rebuild its infrastructure for arts education. The picture they paint is one of a relevant, robust, and dynamic curriculum to keep kids in schools, narrow the achievement gap, and gives students an opportunity to discover and develop their individual talents, and explore their own artistic vision.”

Sarah Anderberg, chair of the CREATE CA Leadership Council that honchoed the Blueprint, stated the report “distills more than two years of ground work and lays the foundation for implementing a 21st century model for schools in which arts and creativity become central components.” The Leadership Council is comprised of representatives from the California Department of Education (CDE), California Arts Council, California Alliance for Arts Education, California County  Superintendents Educational Services Association, and the California PTA.

The Blueprint identifies seven policy areas, with recommendations about how to resolve issues that limit arts in schools, while keeping in mind the state’s financial realities. The Task Force made a series of policy recommendations. The resulting document is divided into sections that address key themes and critical issues:

  • Supporting the Arts Curriculum
  • Enhancing Educator Quality, Preparation, & Professional Learning in the Arts
  • Producing High-Quality Arts Assessment, Research, and Evidence
  • Ensuring Equity and Access
  • Strengthening Collaborative Relationships
  • Expanding the Role of Business and Industry in the Creative Workforce
  • Providing Funding for the Arts

Editorial note: Teaching artists have scant representation in the Blueprint, we regret to say. We hope this changes as TASC seeks to partner with the Leadership Council going forward, helping carve out impactful roles for teaching artists to bring their experience and skills to what can become a revolutionary change in teaching and learning, with potential national impact. Click to read the 30-page summary report,A Blueprint for Creative Schools, a streamlined version of the full 118-page report.  And let us have your feedback and questions: tascofcalifornia.info@gmail.com.



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Support Arts Education When You File Your Taxes

California taxpayers can directly contribute to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund through their California 2014 Individual Tax Returns (due by April 15, 2015) in the "Contributions" section.

The "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the "540" individual state tax-return form, and the minimum donation is just $1.

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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.



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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.     

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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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