Paying for Professionalism — A Comprehensive Report on Teaching Artist Compensation in New York City
Report By: Heleya de Barros
Compensation Survey By: Heleya de Barros, Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Lauren Jost & Maya Singh
New York City is home to many of the world’s leading arts institutions and producing arts organizations. The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs lists 1,968 cultural organizations in its directory (DCLA Cultural Organizations, 2017). It is also home to a growing employment industry of the teaching artist. A teaching artist (TA) is “a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts” (Booth, 2017). These valuable artists and educators provide arts experiences for students and residents of New York City through in-school and after-school programs, in partnership with community centers, cultural institutions, and more.
The TAA Committee of the NYCAIER created an employment survey in the spring of 2016 to better understand the landscape of compensation for TAs in New York City. New York City is a national leader in arts, education, and arts education. The NYCAIER TAA Committee seeks to educate and dialogue about how New York City can become a leader in best TA employment practices as well.