About Us

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic

Our Vision

Teaching Artists are dynamic and varied PROFESSIONALS who lead and advocate for their independently owned small businesses, the profession of teaching artistry, the field of arts education, creative life-long learning, and the arts sector. The art-learning and art-making contributions of Teaching Artists impact, shape, change, create, and transform individuals, local communities, our nation, and the world.
TAMA’s vision was shaped by these three papers.
Sept 2020

Immediate/Structural

A team of individuals and organizations organized in April 2020. This working paper was developed in collaboration by the team who collectively carried out distinct and vital individual roles as authors, contributors and supporters.

Nov 2020

Quanice Floyd

Quanice Floyd authored this opinion piece. “For decades, senior leadership of primarily white institutions (such as AFTA) have acted as gatekeepers, hoarding power and blocking pathways for professional advancement in the field for BIPOC arts leaders. … while community-based and grassroots arts organizations who are actually doing “the work” struggle to keep it together.”

March 2021

Dearest Arts Organization

Published for the National Guild for Community Arts Education community and beyond, this is a representational collage expressing an uncensored perspective of Teaching Artists in the pandemic.  This letter is an invitation to widen perspectives about the Teaching Artist experience. The piece includes a step-by-step checklist derived from the perspective of Teaching Artists as a guide to realize the shared goal to create a vibrant arts ecosystem that is equitable for all.

Our Mission

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic supports, empowers, and advocates for Teaching Artists in the mid-Atlantic region, serving as a model and resource for mid-Atlantic stakeholders who value and recognize Teaching Artists as influential paid professionals of an equitable and vibrant arts ecosystem.
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Advocate

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

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

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Empower

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

Core Values

TAMA is a united voice of Teaching Artists of the mid-Atlantic region. We represent different art forms, and each artist brings a unique set of gifts to the TAMA community. We bring together Artists of various backgrounds and experience to work in concert with partner agencies, educational institutions, organizations and communities.

TAMA shows up for the professional Teaching Artist – connecting, celebrating, servicing, collaborating, and advancing our field in the local community, as a region, and on the national front line.

TAMA provides a platform where diversity lives freely, ideas are shared openly, and support for every talent is paramount.

TAMA is by teaching artists – this is not something others do for us – and about teaching artists, in support of our interests and needs, whatever we define them to be. We nurture a space for thoughtful listening so that we may engage in meaningful actions.

To provide innovative artistic experiences that will enrich participants of all ages and our shared communities.

IDEA Statement

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic advances equity, inclusion, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity for every Teaching Artist and all artists in the arts sector, which is inclusive of the field of arts education and creative lifelong learning.  Our members are recognized and valued as professional artists with vibrant and varied skills and talents who reflect the diversity of our communities, including identity, race, ethnicity, backgrounds, abilities, cultures, and beliefs. TAMA members’ collective imagination, creativity, and intelligence benefits all sectors and brings art-learning and art-making to the heart of building our nation. We embody and promote an anti-racist and universally principled system and pedagogy that places people before profit and challenges the frameworks and policies of current organizations and business models. TAMA develops and shares resources explicitly designed to support the field and sector to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We believe Teaching Artists are professionals and that every Teaching Artist should have equal opportunity, access, and belonging to the field and sector.

To that end, TAMA promotes using the following resources to guide our members:

With this knowledge and understanding, we enter this organization

– our home –

with gratitude and respect for all

and a responsibility to question how each belongs

and how we might step forward together.

TAMA History

A small group of TAs in Maryland who, independently, had been working on TA networking and “building a hive mind,” began meeting together in 2017. Two years later the mid-Atlantic State Arts Agencies invited TAMA to present at their first TA Retreat in Central PA. By then, we had grown to be a DMV Collective, and interest for us to go regional was brewing!

In June 2019, with appointed State representatives, the TAMA Board conducted its first retreat and hashed out a strategic plan that addressed governance, communications, fiscal responsibility and programming/engagement. Read the TAMA 2023-26 Strategic Plan.

1st Organizational Meeting

July 2017

1st Incorporated

January 2019

First Board Retreat (June 18, 2019)

In attendance: Dave Fry, Mary Gresock, Mark McKenna, Jason Reed, Jennifer Ridgway, Wincey Terry-Bryant, Sue Trainor

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TAMA TODAY

TAMA Board Meetings

Board meetings occur on the second Mondays of selected months at 4PM. TAMA Members can attend Board Meetings every April, September and December. Elected Directors/Officers also meet in January, June and October. 

 

 

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Our Commitment to Transparency

Committed to leading with transparency, the TAMA Board Secretary makes the Board’s agendas and minutes available on this site.

  • View current year (2024) here.
  • View 2023 here.
  • View 2022 here.  
  • View 2021 here

The Board

TAMA’s Board is sixteen elected officials serving three-year terms. Each state and DC has a representative for statewide networking, communication, and advocacy. TAMA’s Executive Committee oversees the whole region, focusing on governance, membership, communication, advocacy, and development. The Board, along with its TAMA member advisory committees, supports, empowers, and advocates for Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists.

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Become a TAMA Leader!

If you’re a Teaching Artist who values personal growth and is passionate about contributing to the success of the field of Teaching Artistry, you might be a perfect fit for the TAMA Leader position! Inquire with the nominating committee about open Board and advisory committee positions or apply today!

Send us your fan mail, stellar ideas and tomatoes!

Jennifer Ridgway

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President
Imagineer Partner, Creative Experience Consultant- Connects | Catalyzes | Transforms

Open Position

Vice President Interested? Let us know.

Open Position Secretary

Secretary Interested? Let us know.

Heidi Rugg

Treasurer
Puppetry & Fiber Artist with a passion for sustainability.

Misty Yarnall

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Director of Communications

Writer, Editor, & Teaching Artist striving to create brave spaces

Open Position Development

Director of Development
Interested? Let us know.

LaShaunda Craddock

Director of Membership
Master Teaching Artist and Arts, Culture, and "Eluvation" Specialist.

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JuneRose Futcher

Delaware
Revealing the moment in a young artist's creation.

Devin Walker

District of Columbia
Musician, TA, Author, Radio Programmer and Children’s Drumcussionist for Peace!

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price

Maryland
Master Teaching Artist, Imagination Cultivator, Creative Collaborator and Community Builder.

Erica “E~” Bradshaw

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New Jersey

Teaching Artist, Community Leader, Business owner, Creator

Larry Moss

New York
Teaching Artist, community builder, installation artist, and maker.

Lara Vracarich

Pennsylvania
Performance/Teaching Artist (Dance/Drumming/Creative Arts), Circle-work, Community Catalyst.

Open Position

Vice President Interested? Let us know.

Kylie Proudfoot-Payne

West Virginia
Appalachian Painter, Maker, Teaching Artist; specializing in creative problem solving!

Open Positions

Representation is needed in
DE, DC, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WV.
Interested? Let us know.

Khaleshia Thorpe Price

Board Representative Committee Chair
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Master Teaching Artist, Imagination Cultivator, Creative Collaborator and Community Builder.

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

Maryland Representative
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Visual Artist & Master Teaching Artist. Inspiring Others to Create.

Donations to TAMA give Teaching Artists a home where they can build their individual practice, collegial relationships, and collective power to ensure they are contributors to the vibrancy of our nation’s communities.

A copy of the current financial statement of TAMA is available by writing PO Box 212, Riverdale, MD 20738-0212 or by emailing us. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.

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