On a Sunday afternoon in June, with the temperature well above 80 degrees, the Perry Avenue Commons on Chicago’s South Side bustles with a remarkable amount of activity. By the end of a warm weekend, you’d expect things to be winding down. But six or so volunteers and mentors tend vegetable plots of kale and leafy greens at one end of a four-block-by-four-property, part of a commercial farm and community garden managed by the nonprofit Sweet Water Foundation.
In celebration of these incredible artists, innovators, and change-makers, we are launching a new form to shine a light on Teaching Artists working in schools, communities, and beyond. This form gives YOU the chance to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of one or more teaching artists in conjunction with our #TeachingArtistThursday series.
Please answer the below questions, and you might just see a familiar face pop up on our social media channels.
Your Voice. Your Impact.
On the heels of a tremendously successful Town Hall and the closing of the Roundtable Survey on May 15, we want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for your candor, your willingness to dream big, and for your dedication to arts education in NYC.
Based on the feedback we received from these different channels, the Roundtable’s Strategic Planning Committee met in mid-May to analyze and discuss next steps that our organization can take to better meet the needs of our community.
Published on: May 24th, 2019
This week was Teaching Artist Appreciation Week! Thank you to all Teaching Artists and their hard work.
We featured stories from our #TeachingArtist Affairs Committee about a special Teaching Artist in their life. In case you missed any check them out below:
Nominated by: Justin Daniel
Throughout my career as a teaching artist, I’ve had the privilege of working with the most dedicated and inspiring teachers, administrators and staff, whose commitment is unmatched. When arts budgets are cut and resources reallocated, they fight to keep arts education in our schools, libraries, shelters and prisons. They are committed to the value the arts bring to our communities.
My 10-year tenure conducting hand drum workshops at the juvenile detention center at the Middlesex County Division of Youth Services began in 2001 and continues to serve as a reminder to myself that art education works.
Engaging in creative activities for even the briefest time can boost well-being and help people cope with the stresses of modern life, a new study has suggested.
Commissioned by BBC Arts, it represents the first time that researchers have explored how creative activities, such as acting in a play, singing in a choir, or playing an instrument or painting, can help manage emotions and mood.
It found three main ways in which people use creativity as coping mechanisms to control emotions.
Incorporating Gender & Sexuality Into Social Justice Work **NEW WORKSHOP**
June 7 , 2019, 9am-5pm, hosted at Synergos, Midtown Manhattan, NYC
Join our gender & sexuality workshop to go beyond the basics of inclusion, to incorporate a more complex understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality in non-profit programs, community organizing, and everyday life. We’ll explore what the buzzwords really mean, and how these aspects of our identity intersect with different forms of oppression.
Calling All Dance Educators!
Mark Morris Dance Group is announcing our first Curriculum Slam, taking place on June 13, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217). We are excited to invite you to attend and, if you wish, apply to present at this gathering for Dance Educators throughout New York City. Find important details below:
What is a Curriculum Slam?
The Mark Morris Dance Group Curriculum Slam is an opportunity for Dance Educators working with students of any age group to share an activity they find particularly successful in their classroom.
by Meghan Grover
Published on April 2, 2019
I am sixteen years old. I smile at my teacher, Mr. Roma, as he tells us all about his favorite philosophers. I laugh at his jokes and write down his every word. Later tonight, I will write an essay that repeats his version of his apparent “heroes,” and I will receive my A. I do not challenge him because when other students challenge Mr.
Basking in the glow of our 25th Anniversary, the Roundtable is now embarking on a strategic planning process to discover how we can best support YOU!
We’d like to ask you to take a moment and fill out the following survey (and share with your full staff and contacts!). This survey is a pivotal moment for the Roundtable to harness the expertise of our arts in education community by enabling members and non-members to weigh in on the organization.