About Us

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic

Our Mission

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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.

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 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

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

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

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

Become a TAMA Leader!

Are you a Teaching Artist who focuses both on growth in their own work AND who contributes to the success of the field of Teaching Artistry. You sound like a TAMA Leader! Explore our openings, and learn more about the State Director positions. To inquire and/or apply for any current open position, contact us by email.

Jennifer Ridgway

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

Open Position

Vice President
Interested? Let us know.

Dave Fry

Dave Fry

Secretary
Master Teaching Artist, folk musician. I get'em singing and dancing.

Heidi Rugg

Treasurer
Puppetry & Fiber Artist with a passion for sustainability.

Open Position

Director of Communications
Interested? Let us know.

Open Position

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.

Open Position

New Jersey
Interested? Let us know.

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.

Elnathan Starnes

Virginia
Musician, TA, Producer, Visual Artist, Funk & Groove Savant for Youngins.

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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