Teaching Artist Philosophy

As a teaching artist, I create and facilitate arts experiences for young people. Whether in a classroom, rehearsal room or community space, I utilize drama and theatre to engage in visual, kinesthetic and collaborative storytelling and as a way to make meaning of individual and community experiences.

Though my teaching artistry takes many forms and lives in different physical spaces, in every creative process I am to:

  • Honor multiple perspectives and diverse voices
  • Cultivate collaborative environments and partnerships
  • Reflect on artistic activities to inform future choices
  • Draw on the lived experiences each participant brings into the room
  • Have fun!

These values deepen my fascination with how others experience art. I facilitate arts experiences that resonate with young people in developmentally and culturally relevant ways.

It is my responsibility as a teaching artist to provide a place where everyone feels welcomed, valued and safe to express him or herself. I am a facilitator. I am a guide. It is not my job to tell students what to think. Young people have brilliantly creative ideas, and I want to create ways for them to express these ideas at any age.

Whether my students grow up to become professional artists proves irrelevant. My hope is that, by facilitating arts experiences that engage, challenge and captivate, students will develop the tools to be empathetic, creative, collaborative people. What matters is that they are motivated to create something that helps them make meaning in the world. What that turns out to be is up to them.


3 thoughts on “Teaching Artist Philosophy

  1. Pingback: Pre-Holiday Craziness Links to Share! « ArtSmart

  2. Pingback: 2011: A Year of Magical Thinking « ArtSmart

  3. Pingback: An Uninspired Funk « ArtSmart

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s