By Tom Howell and Jennifer Ridgway

Teaching artists might want to check out the Kennedy Center’s Teaching Artist programming and their new addition called “The Reach.” The Reach is an architectural wonderland sculpted in Italian white Carrara marble to match the classic Kennedy Center next door. The new website describes The Reach’s dedication to arts in education. Reaches Moonshot Studio is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-4PM with arts activities and experiences and Teaching Artists may want to rent space at the REACH to engage community in an arts learning experience.

TAMA has recently learned that the Kennedy Center is launching new programming for Teaching Artists. Registration for their inaugural Teaching Artist Studio will begin this month. Check it out here! The Studio will occur on April 21 from 10 am to 3 pm and provide a free day of professional learning for teaching artists. The day begins at 10AM with a keynote and panel discussion diving into, “What is the responsibility of teaching artists to bring their lived arts practice/experience into their teaching?” The afternoon will consist of 3 simultaneous 2-hour break out sessions that provide a deeper dive into art forms with a more hands-on approach to the day’s question.

Fast approaching is the March 15 deadline for teaching artists to submit proposals to lead professional learning workshops for teachers. Applicants across the Mid-Atlantic are encouraged to apply.

Interested in learning more about the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows program? Designed to uplift citizen artistry by providing selected fellows with customized resources and support, you can attend the 2020 Arts Summit to learn more about the work of this year’s fellow.


Tom Howell is a DC filmmaker with a non-profit arts coop called Steampunked Stories, Inc. Tom is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Educational Collaborative and TAMA. He has a Masters Degree in Film & Video from The American University in DC and specializes in Multi-Media productions. Mr. Howell’s current project is editing four short videos about famous women in science.

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