On May 16th, 2017, Community-Word Project joined forces with the Arts in Education Roundtable and the Borough of Manhattan Community College to put on the 2017 Arts in Education Job Fair. An exciting event in the works for months in advance, the fair was attended by over 500 Teaching Artists, administrators, students, interns, professionals and beginners looking to crack into the field of Teaching Artistry.
Over 50 arts in education organizations were present and eager to talk with artists of all skill levels.
“I loved meeting so many enthusiastic artists and explaining our work to a group of students who didn't previously realize how well our pedagogy fits in with their desired approach to teaching!”
“It was great to connect with colleagues from other organizations and discuss possible collaborations. It was also great to help direct students in a path that was both rewarding and valuable.”
However, this was by no means your average job fair. Many organizations brought coloring tools, musical instruments, games and more for the attendees to interact with and have a more engaged experience. There was even some African drumming by musician Jashua Sa-Ra to lighten the mood, and each attendee was registered for a raffle just for showing up! Some lucky artists walked away with voice lessons, Broadway tickets and even a guitar thanks to CWP, Roundabout Theatre & Little Kids Rock.
“The sheer number of organizations participating allowed me to find a number of employment leads for the fall! Absolutely very helpful!”
“The fair was such an amazing opportunity - I am so thankful that I had the chance to be a part of it. It was really cool that there was a raffle and it was well organized given the sheer amount of people that were there.”
“I very much appreciated the quality and diversity in organizations present. I have a number of job leads for the fall!”
The fair was a huge success and CWP staff members would like to personally thank Beth Cooperman, Doug Israel, Won Kang, Katherine Bedoya, Bryan Powell, Kati Koerner, Heleya de Barros, Jennifer DiBella, Katharine Strobel, Phil Alexander, and all of the organizations, Teaching Artists, and attendees who made this event possible.