The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA), a non-profit professional organization providing advocacy and professional development for artists who teach in schools and in the community in NYS maintains a blog full of articles and links that any teaching artist would find beneficial.
The ATA’s mission is to create a community of Teaching Artists; To empower the practice of Teaching Artists as a profession; To provide a network for communication and the exchange of resources; To collaborate with NYS and national arts organizations and agencies; To collaborate on quality professional development and training; To publically recognize and celebrate distinguished achievement by Teaching Artists in arts education.
The ATA’s website contains a listserv promoting discussion and the exchange of information and resources, a link to their Facebook page, information on the Teaching Artist Distinguished Service to the Field Award as well as a wonderful definition of what a teaching artist is as defined by the Arizona Commission on The Arts, as well as a wonderful piece written by Michael Mao a Teaching Artist in NYC, entitled, Who Are Teaching Artists?
Information concerning the Teaching Artist Certificate Program offered by the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, an unprecedented program inclusive of all the arts: visual, performing, literary, media, and crafts, may be obtained by clicking here. This research-based certificate program builds the knowledge and capacity of artists to work alongside teachers and arts specialists in PreK-12 classrooms and community settings creating and implementing best practices residency programs that support learning in and through the arts.