2020 Teaching Artist Academy
The 2020 Academy supports artists who seek to lead complex community change through creative projects.
The Academy provides demonstrations, exploratory workshops, hands-on experimentation and individual coaching from leading experts in the field—including Academy Director Eric Booth, who is widely described as the father of the teaching artist profession.
The goal of this year’s Academy is to advance our understandings of the ways teaching artists can design and lead complex social change projects, and to apply that knowledge to projects underway or envisioned.
Teaching artists are encouraged to bring a school- or community-focused project concept to further develop at the Academy.
Participants may bring their own projects, in any phase of development, or choose to customize a project from the Project Templates designed recently by a think tank of Vermont educators and teaching artists.
How do you design a project for powerful engagement that aligns with the needs and aspirations of partners, addresses relevant challenges, taps the innate competence of participants, and is irresistibly engaging?
That questions is at the heart of our work at this year's Academy.
Pay what you can.
Most artists and arts organizations are under severe financial stress right now. We are offering the Academy with scholarship and funding support that will allow everyone to attend, regardless of your personal financial capacity.
Recommended tuition is $350.
There are questions on the registration form that will help us know how to support your tuition fee.
All sessions will be remote, via Zoom.
To mitigate the challenges of online work, the sessions will be broken up with breaks, full group work, and asynchronous work individually and in small groups.
OCT 23, 5:00-6:30 pm / Oct 24-25, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The first weekend will explore four key areas of successful social-change projects:
Core capabilities: What are the five foundational capabilities that teaching artists need to successfully lead social-change projects?
Facilitation: Being a great facilitator and adapting those skills for working with schools and communities during the pandemic.
Partnerships: Identifying and engaging the best partners that can strengthen your project's impact and build participation and support.
Funding & Accountability: Building your case statement; identifying funders; making the ask; tracking impact.
NOV 7-8, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The second weekend we put those skills into action to support building-out your project ideas.
What are your aspirations?: thinking big and bold; scaling to realities.
From concept to action: framing the key components explored the first weekend into a plan; what, when and how.
Developing and presenting your pitch: finding the essence of your project that sparks excitement, broad engagement and support.
There will be additional individual work required outside of the Academy times.
We invite you to let us know about specific accommodations you may need to facilitate completing the registration form or participating in the Teaching Artist Academy. We will make every effort to accommodate your request if made by Oct 9th.
Eric is widely referred to as one of the nation’s best teachers of creativity, and the father of the teaching artist profession. In 2015 he was awarded the nation's highest honor for an arts educator (the Arts Education Leadership Award by Americans For The Arts), and was named one of the 25 most important people in the U.S. arts.
In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (35 years), and The Kennedy Center (12 years). He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education project in America), and held one of six chairs on The College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years.
He is the founder and co-designer of the International Teaching Artist Conferences, the recipient of the first honorary doctorate in teaching artistry (New England Conservatory), and was the keynote speaker at UNESCO's first world arts education conference. More about Eric.
Richard has trained musicians and teachers, curated concerts, and designed curriculum for many organizations including Carnegie Hall, Seattle Symphony, New World Symphony, Lincoln Center Education, 92nd St Y, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has taught at the Professional Performing Arts High School, coached chamber music at Juilliard Pre-College, and coached graduate chamber music at Manhattan School of Music for educational outreach performances. Richard is the former director of Longy School of Music’s Teaching Artist Program and was a member of Harvard Project Zero’s research team. Richard is The Juilliard School’s Senior Director of K–12 Programs and Initiatives and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Harvard University.
Gowri Savoor is a visual-teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, drawing and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Savoor is the founder of A River of Light, an organization committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, parades and installations. She has been a teaching artist for over 20 years with experience in arts integration and community-building. She continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. More about Gowri.
Will Kasso Condry
Jennifer Herrera Condry
As an artist team, Jennifer and Kasso have 40 years combined experience as facilitators, creatives, curators, visionaries, educators, and community organizers. They facilitate community mural projects with K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and community-based organizations. Their work and vibe is inspired by their cultural and spiritual lineages, urban art, Hip-Hop culture, the mystical and the natural worlds. They use art and murals to lift up the voices, images, and people that are too often left in the margins. Their collective work demonstrates the power of community and what happens when we pause to witness one another and listen across lines of power and difference. More about Will and Jennifer.
Evan is a composer and double bassist who creates heart-centered music that inspires audiences and musicians alike. He lives in Marshfield, with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag, and they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. As a member of the New York City-based chamber music collective DeCoda, he performs in teaching artist residencies and concerts around the world, including four he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, also based in New York City, with which he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany. More about Evan.