November 27, 2019

T(A)hanksgiving: What are NYC Teaching Artists Thankful for This Holiday Season?

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As we all take a collective moment to catch our arts education breaths, members of the Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee would like to share a few things we are thankful for.

Continue to the conversation by sharing what YOU are thankful for on the Teaching Artists of New York City Facebook group!

Sindy Isabel Castro, Theatre

I am grateful to do what I love for a living. I am grateful to work with inspiring young people from all over the boroughs of New York City. I am grateful for reading time on the MTA.

Katie Rainey, Creative Writing

I’m thankful for playful students and their curiosity in the world. It makes teaching so worth it and gives me hope for the future!

Justin Daniel, Theatre

I am grateful for all the arts organizations who helped shape my teaching artistry, which in turn allows me to support other teaching artists through professional development.

Madeline Calendrillo, Theatre

I am thankful for the opportunity to meet and work creativity with so many students, teachers, and administrators throughout the year. I am thankful for teachers who open up their classrooms to arts programming; so that we can learn by using play to think critically about the world around us.

Kimberly Olsen, Musical Theater

I’m thankful for our community’s drive to advance the field of arts in education.

Paul Brewster McGinley, Theatre

(pictured with IREX Community Solutions Fellow Candice Andrews)
Grateful for international exchange with community leaders.

Meghan Grover, Theatre

I am thankful for bookstores: I love going to the bookstore (especially Greenlight!), piling dozens and dozens of books into my arms, curling up in a corner, and reading for at least three hours…. I love finding books that inspire my teaching artistry!

Amanda Adams-Louis, Digital and Media Arts

I am thankful for having the opportunity to teach intelligent, creative, inquisitive and insightful teens in dynamic fine art settings all over the city as well as witness and support their artistic journeys as they transition from adolescents to young adults.

Chris Gross, Music

I’m thankful to be a teaching artist because working with my students helps me to appreciate and think more deeply about how music and art connects us all. I love being surprised and inspired by the many different ways that they create, listen, and respond to the music we’re working on together.

Anju Hyppolite, Theatre

I am thankful for great co-teachers.

Lisa di Liberto, Visual Arts

Teaching the art of seeing and translating that to the everyday lives of the students I work with, empowers them. This is what energizes me.

Erika Atkins, Theatre

I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work with New York City’s amazing young people. The next generation inspires me every day!