Teaching Artist Collective of Arizona

Who We Are

Teaching Artist Collective of Arizona strives to provide a platform for Arizona Teaching Artists to connect, collaborate, and cultivate what it means to be a Teaching Artist in our community. We'll tell you about local interdisciplinary art happenings, offer professional development events, and best of all, connect you with people who care about the arts in our community as much as you do. 

Teaching artists believe that all people have an innate birthright to an artistically full life, and that all people are innately creative and artistically capable.

Teaching artists know their work strengthens essential capacities for success in life, and also addresses important social problems, transforms individuals, and fortifies communities; they are committed to addressing educational inequities, social injustice, wasted human potential, and the scarcity of empathy and social imagination.

Teaching artists inspire and guide learners to make personally relevant connections in, through, and about the arts; they prioritize personal voice, moments of choice, and the balance of attention between process and product.

Teaching artists partner well with others, bringing artistic engagement and learning into all parts of life.

Teaching artists seek a dynamic synergy between their art-making and their teaching artistry, with each one feeding and advancing the other. While grounded in their particular artistic discipline(s), TAs flexibly adapt and extend what they know, and tap artistic learning universals (as identified on the LCE TA Rubric), to achieve their learning goals.

-from Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist Rubric for Excellence and Sustainability 

Uniting and supporting local Teaching Artists.

We believe in fostering relationships between local Teaching Artists because that is how we learn, grow, and support each other in our artistry. We want to make the importance of a Teaching Artist known in Arizona by working together to create a strong and support community.


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