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2019-2020 TAP Anthology


Presenting the Graduates of the 2019-2020 Teaching Artist Project (TAP) Class. 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 22nd 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 is a collective of diversely experienced arts educators training emerging and working teaching artists who are looking for a supportive community to engage in a self-reflective, justice-oriented learning practice in service of their teaching. The program 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.

This year, like the rest of the world, TAP faced a challenging time during the outbreak of COVID-19. As we transitioned to digital learning both in the internships and training workshops, we faced the difficulty that the arts always do in times of crisis: making known why this work is so vital. However, our TAP trainees worked diligently and intentionally, even during the most difficult of moments. Their dedication to this work has inspired us all and we are so thrilled to graduate this group of artists. We know the arts education field will be better for it.

The 2019-20 class of 30 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 their own power and privilege in the classroom, tried out a myriad of classroom culture 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 Staff & Facilitators

Katie Rainey, Director

Karla Robinson, Artistic Director

Javan Howard, Lead Mentor

Amanda Torres, Facilitator

Andre Ignacio Dimapilis, Facilitator

Adriana Guzmán, Facilitator

Amanda Newman, Program Assistant

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

Karla Robinson, Artistic Director of Teaching Artist Project

Javan Howard, TAP Lead Mentor

Amanda Newman, Program Assistant

David King, Program Director of School & Community Partnerships

Autumn Tilson, Program Manager, School Partnerships Bethany Parker, Managing Director of Development Sanyu Lukwago, Development Assistant

A special thanks to this year's CWP Mentors.

CWP Mentor Teaching Artists:

Amanda Newman

Chaya Babu

Chelsea Asher

Dale Anderson Lee

Elizabeth Leonard

Francisco Roldan

Gary Devirgilio

Jane Elias

Jashua Sa-Ra

Javan Howard

Katie Rainey

Libby Mislan

Mary Kinney

Molly Goldman

Nichelle Ryan

Rachael Schefrin

Reilly Horan

Tanya Everett

Trace Depass

Valerie Haller

Yael Ben-Zion

Special thanks to all of our arts-in-education partners who make up the TAP Cohort and helped make this year a unique collaboration. This year, we were able to offer over 30 collaborative elective seminars facilitated and hosted by various arts organizations.

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