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.
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
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
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:
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.
These series of professional development seminars and panels were available to Teaching Artists outside of TAP and that was made possible by the collaborative efforts of CWP and the following organizations:
Over the year, our TAP trainees participated in a series of workshops, seminars and residencies to complete their internship. The fall workshops were dedicated to creative elements, scaffolding and presenting lessons, reflection and assessment, classroom management, exploring social justice in the classroom, exploring philosophy and pedagogy, and creating philosophical statements. In the spring, TAP held a series of elective seminars in collaboration with the TAP Cohort, and each trainee was placed in a CWP residency at various schools throughout NYC, including:
PS 132 Juan Pablo Duarte, Washington Heights
PS 132X Garret A. Morgan PS/MS 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Bronx PS 84 Jose De Diego, Brooklyn PS 316 Elijah Stroud, Brooklyn PS 171 Peter G. Van Alst School
IS 126 Albert Shanker School of Visual & Performing Arts
PS 85 Judge Charles Vallone, Queens The Young Women's Leadership School, Queens
Bronx Community High School
Bronx Envision Academy
New Directions Secondary School
PS 37 Multiple Intelligence School
In celebration of their creativity, we are sharing each TAP graduate's work and artistry in this anthology. This compilation includes biographies, memorable moments, photographs, quotes, lesson plans, artistic samples, and more to give you a full picture of their accomplishments this year.
A Letter from the TAP Facilitators:
Dear TAP Class of 2020,
Congratulations! You are all now TAP Alums! Thank you for your dedication to completing the training and being an active member of our community in the midst of a global pandemic. The last few months have been unexpectedly brutal and yet it’s been one of our best years in the program. That is largely due to each of you bringing your full, beautiful selves to our time together. You see each other and your students in a way that we need more of in this world: the conviction that communities can and must be more inclusive, equitable and loving. We have watched you grow as artists and educators, and we are so proud to graduate this class.
From intrapersonal journaling to dynamic discussions in your Care Teams, lesson plan presentations to making human machines, you’ve made our Saturdays so fun and loving. We hope that you are taking away as much as we are from this year. We are living in unprecedented times and we do not know how this pandemic will change the country and shift the landscape of teaching artistry. We do know that teaching artists are invaluable during times of extreme grief, injustice and uncertainty, and so the work you have done and will continue to do is vital. Thank you for making the time and space to do this work. Through your eagerness to grow and make a difference in this world, we are renewed in our hope for the future.
Please keep in touch. The TAP community is always here for you, whenever you need it. It has been a privilege for us all to work with you this year.
With love and community,
Katie, Karla, Jay, Amanda, Andre & Adriana
Presenting the 2019-20 TAP Graduating Class! Click on their names below to find out more about them.