Mission

A network that advocates for, supports and empowers Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic region.

advocate

TAMA is the TA seat at the table where decisions are made.

support

TAMA is a TA’s connection to best practices and other artists and the community.

empower

TOGETHER we are stronger and more confident to reach career goals.

TAMA Network Events

TAMA is using our networks to support Teaching Artists as they experience the impact of COVID-19.

TAMA SALON SERIES

In these unprecedented times, we turn to our community that is both rich in spirit and generosity for inspired local and regional networking!  Introducing the TAMA SALON SERIES!  We are stronger when we are connected. 

The launch of this new series begins with a toast!  Let’s entertain, inspire and motivate each other.  Break out the comfy chair in your living or settle into the corner of your porch that faces the sunset.  Bring your favorite drink and a fun, quirky or inspirational toast!  What fun, quirky or inspirational activities have you invested in during this sudden time off?  Let’s share!

TA CAFE: Monday, March 30 | 9:30AM

Rise and shine TAs!  Before you plug into the news, grab your coffee or tea and plug into your network.  As Teaching Artists are invited to reinvent their work, this is an opportunity to share your dreams and invent the future together. 

TA HAPPY HOUR: Thursday, April 2 | 5PM

Let’s get silly and dress up!  Put on a costume.  Bring a drink and a friend! 

REGIONAL RESOURCES

DELAWARE, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA

Email us with networks and resources you learn about that may benefit Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic – locally, statewide and regionally – during this difficult time. TAMA will filter and tailor the information to each network region, so that each Teaching Artist receives the most relevant and timely support.

When you join our mailing list we advise you to UPDATE YOUR PREFERENCES in your TAMA mailing list account. By doing so, you tell us a little bit about yourself. This link is always available in the footer of every email TAMA sends, so you can easily make changes to what information you receive. This increases our ability to sort and segment our mailing list geographically, by art form, skills, expertise and interest. This is an increasingly valuable feature.  Our needs will differ from community to community, and much of our strength and stability will come from our ability to connect and respond locally.

TAMA Networks are VITAL!

Won’t you join a network? Explore the current groups throughout each state and get connected in your region! Don’t see a group in your region or that works with your schedule? Step up as a Local Coordinator! Reach out for support as you create a local network.  This guide makes the task of starting a group manageable and achievable!

What is a Teaching Artist?

Let’s define us, together.

What is a Teaching Artist?

To WHO, in what SETTINGS, and for what PURPOSES are you TEACHING your ART?

The #TATuesdayTakeover Initiative

Many of you have a social media audience.  TAMA strongly believes in the power of our togetherness. Let’s unite our realms of influence to foster a regional conversation about the field, our collective work and the impact it has on our communities. #TATuesdayTakeover is an opportunity for a Teaching Artist to be featured on our platform. You post as many or as few pics and details about your Tuesday to both tribes (TAMA and YOURS). This is a great way to expand your audience, post your awesomeness for a full day and give people insight into the everyday life of a teaching artist. You have stories to tell about the power of Teaching Artistry in action. You’ve experienced obstacles because Teaching Artistry is isolating, the field is evolving and not established in the general mindset. Let’s advocate together for a greater awareness of what Teaching Artists do and how they do it. Let’s curate our story through the vehicle of social media! Learn more on how you can get involved today!

Donate

It’s 2020, and TAMA – the organization that is by, for and about Teaching Artists – is here and now!

Donate now at Fractured Atlas!

We continue to build the TA network with no membership fee.  Over the past 2½ years, with no income, we carried out our mission by:

  • electing a board with Directors in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania  (and seeking representation in DE, DC, NY, VA, WV);
  • adopting a strategic plan and governing by-laws;
  • conducting Quarterly Regional Networking Meetings with live online access and that have moved throughout the region – so far we have visited Olney, MD; Bethlehem, PA; Newark, NJ; Washington, DC and Richmond, VA;
  • sending newsletters and notifications with information pertinent to the livelihood of a TA;
  • developing a website that continues to grow;
  • providing resources and promotional tools for you to organize and host your own local networks; and
  • supporting Teaching Artists to organize and share their voice at the table where decisions are made!

We ask that you donate $20 to help TAMA achieve its mission. Your donation will support:

  • complete website design to launch in September 2020 with a public artist roster and private section for donors;
  • video and sound equipment for network events so everyone can hear and be heard, and can see and be seen, both in person and online;
  • more opportunities for Teaching Artists to market, to learn and to network;
  • and, honestly, overhead (you know, all those pesky business expenses such as the web domain, PO Box, Zoom and MailChimp accounts, etc., etc…). Note: we have no employees at this point – we’re all volunteers.

These initiatives are pulled from the ideas you have requested in the TAMA survey.   We are growing TAMA, together.  If you have questions, concerns or interests in how your funds will directly support TAMA, please contact us.

By donating today, you will show your commitment and add your voice to our emerging network and our program goals for the field in the Mid-Atlantic region!

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of TAMA must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Donate now at Fractured Atlas!