Teaching Artist Life

Wow.  Somebody is doing a large scale documentation of what we do.

I’m glad.  Many times, when I try to describe what I do, I get a glazed donut look.  Then, if I manage to explain properly, I hear, “That’s cool.  I wanna do that.”  

From what I hear from Dale Davis and Carole Fineberg in my TA 101 class, the Teaching Artist field is expanding and changing at a rapid rate, so articulating what we do, studying the effects of the work and capturing a portrait of where the profession is going nationally is really key.  I also think we need to share best practices and build TA capacity.  And this is a good way of keeping the conversation going.  

I am interested in what this will yield.

Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

The top ten ideas will be presented to President Obama and will have grassroots campaigns started around them by the good people at Change.org to bring the ideas to fruition.

Check out the below.  Throw in your two cents before midnight tonight and we usher in 2009.  Let’s put the buzz in Obama’s ear that the arts are crucial to build the capacity for imagination and creative thinking that will be necessary to build the corps of young citizens to help move us into the future. 

The first round of voting for the Ideas for Change in America
competition will end this Wednesday, December 31 at midnight Pacific
Time.

Please vote for this one:

Support the Arts in Public Schools (currently in 6th place):
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/support_the_arts_in_public_schools

You can see all the ideas here:

http://www.change.org/ideas/your_ideas

The top three ideas in each category will make it to the final round.

Also note that the final round of voting will begin next Monday and
end just before the Presidential Inauguration in mid-January.

The top ten ideas will be presented to President Obama and will have grassroots campaigns started around them by the good people at Change.org to bring the ideas to fruition.