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2018-2019 TAP Anthology


Presenting the Graduates of the 2018-2019 Teaching Artist Project (TAP). This anthology is a compilation of their work, experiences, and the fun we've all had together during this academic year.

Community-Word Project's TAP is in its 21st year and is the longest-standing professional development program open to the Teaching Artist field by a non-profit organization in New York City. TAP prepares Teaching Artists to provide high-quality arts education to underserved youth in New York City public schools. The rigorous training involves intensive seminars in curriculum design and teaching techniques, led by CWP staff, Teaching Artists, and the TAP Cohort. During this yearlong training, participants gain invaluable classroom experience interning with mentor Teaching Artists, in both during-school and after-school multi-disciplinary collaborative arts residencies.

The 2018-19 class of 28 visual and media artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and theater artists learned how to transform creative processes into teaching tools, experimented with how to create lesson plans and teaching paths that meet city and state standards, explored Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, investigated the Common Core State Standards, tried out a myriad of classroom management strategies, developed co-teaching and partnership skills, incorporated inquiry and reflection in their lessons, and helped students create work, remembering to remain relevant to students' lives and to create community.

Special Thanks

TAP is made possible through the generous support of New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Wiley Fund, The Dan Paul Foundation, the Altman Foundation, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Trust, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation, and the Endeavor Foundation.

TAP Facilitators

Katie Rainey, Director

Karla Robinson, Lead Facilitator

Amanda Torres, Facilitator

Andre Ignacio Dimapilis, Facilitator

Adriana Guzmán, Facilitator

CWP Staff

Michele Kotler, Founder & Executive Director Leigh Wells, Deputy Director of Programs & Operations Craig Hayes, Deputy Director of External Affairs and Chief Experience Officer Katie Rainey, Director of Teaching Artist Project

David King, Program Director of School & Community Partnerships

Autumn Tilson, Program Manager, School Partnerships Kat Bloomfield, Managing Director of Development Cara Search, Development Assistant

Amanda Newman, Program Assistant

A special thanks to this year's CWP, Marquis Studios, Arts for All, Citizen Schools & Wingspan Arts Mentors.

CWP Mentor Teaching Artists:

Alex Velozo

Chaya Babu Felipe Galindo

Jacqueline Raymond

Jane Elias

Jashua Sa-Ra Javan Howard

Javiar Baca Katie Rainey

Libby Mislan

Maria Schirmer

Melissa Shaw

Moira-Jo Trachtenberg-Thielking

Molly Goldman

Pamella Allen

Rachael Schefrin

Sarah Maccabee Shawn Ferreyra

Tanya Everett