On October 21st, Community-Word Project staff convened at The Drama League for the opening reception of our 2016-17 Teaching Artist Training & Internship Program (TATIP).
Those present for the event included the 34 new trainees in the program, as well as a few special guests, members of the 2016-17 TATIP Cohort Jerry James of The Center for Arts Education and Anna Roberts Ostroff of Arts for All.
We spent the Friday evening getting to know one another, mingling, sharing, and prepping for an exciting year with TATIP.
The first day of training commenced the following Saturday morning, once again at The Drama League. This year, in addition to CWP staff members - Progam Director Patti Chilsen and Program Manager Katie Rainey - we've added three new facilitators to our training; Karla Robinson, T. Scott Lilly and Heidi Miller.
We got to know one another through a little game of "Mingle, Mingle", prompting responses from each other through questions like "Who is your favorite artist and why?", "What inspired you to be a teacher?" and more.
We also discovered our various reasons for creating art and becoming teachers through graffiti wall prompts posted around the room.