Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists

We’ve hit capacity for this event, so you won’t be able to register. There are a couple of options for staying engaged in the conversation.
  • We are working with teaching artists who will serve as event reporters. They’ll capture their perspectives on the event, and we’ll publish their work in a report that will come out in May. You’ll be able to find information about the report on the AEP and TAG websites.
  • We hope this is just the first in a series of conversations about this important topic! Make sure you’re subscribed to ArtsEd Digest to get information about future opportunities.

On April 5-7, 2022, join us for a free virtual event in support of teaching artists across the country. Our Shared Future: Imagining a New Landscape for Teaching Artists will feature sessions that dig into the current realities and hopeful futures of teaching artistry.

This event is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Education and Hewlett Foundation and by planning support from the Teaching Artists Guild and Arts Education Partnership.


About the Event

Are you interested in teaching artistry and its critical role in strengthening learning as we begin to think about pandemic recovery? We invite you to convene virtually to network and learn from and with teaching artists about the arts education ecosystem and how we can strengthen their role in the system. There is no cost to participate in this event.

We know that teaching artists have the potential to change the world. In this time of immense struggle, join us for artmaking, panel discussions, roundtables and small-group conversations as we collaborate to build more inclusive environments for learners of all ages.

How to Register for Our Shared Future

Registration for this special event is open; register now! Subscribe to AEP’s biweekly newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest news on this special opportunity to connect with other teaching artists and arts education leaders.

In the meantime, get involved by nominating a Teaching Artist for an Award in the 2022 TAG Awards (formerly the ATA Awards), which seek to raise the visibility of Teaching Artists within the arts in education and community arts fields and in the organizations and institutions for which they work as well as honor innovation in teaching artistry. Nominations are open now!

Planning on attending at least 2 days of the conference? Twenty TAs will be chosen as field reporters, and will receive a $200 stipend! Apply here by March 24.


Regional Events

Get involved locally by participating in a regional event, hosted by partners across the country (all times listed are local):


Information and reference materials mentioned or shown during this presentation are provided by presenters; their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by either the U.S. Department of Education or National Endowment for the Arts.

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits