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Who Is A Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist?

A dynamic and vibrant arts professional specializing in leading arts-learning and -making experiences in educational and community settings. Teaching Artists leverage their artistic skills and expertise to create meaningful connections, foster empathy and understanding, promote healing, address societal challenges, and facilitate personal growth and development. Using their creativity to connect with people of all ages, Teaching Artists can empower individuals and communities to unlock their full potential and impact, shape, change, create, and transform individuals, local communities, our nation, and the world for the better.

Also known as arts educators, cultural bearers, participatory artists, activists, citizen artists, innovators, cultivators, Imagineers, master artists, and community artists.

The Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist’s Challenge

Too often, we work with little connection to one another, with long-standing policies overlooking our needs and contributions. The majority of Teaching Artists work without a labor union. Primarily hired as part-time or independent contractors, often paid by the hour or the length of service, we lack traditional benefits, such as healthcare contributions, pensions, sick leave, and the security of tenure. Many of us do not operate with a physical location, essentially invisible. Still, we are small businesses (LLCs, nonprofits) and professionals (independent contractors and employees) in mid-Atlantic regional communities!

Teaching Artistry is an art form, and artists who pursue the profession strive for excellence in art-making and art-learning experiences.

What do Teaching Artists say about TAMA?

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Laura Sturza

I appreciate the chance to connect with other teaching artists and swap experiences, wins, and challenges so we can all do our bravest work in bringing art to communities.

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Laura Chenault

TAMA offers connections, support, and excellent resources for teaching artists.

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Ylvia Asal

Teaching Artists advocacy!

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Lindsay Huff

As independent artists working across the region, it is imperative to form community with others in our field to share successes and to learn and grow!

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Elnathan Starnes

As independent artists working across the region, it is imperative to form community with others in our field to share successes and to learn and grow!

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Michelle Johnson

TAMA is a really big deal for artrepeneurs! I attended the Maryland Arts Summit 2023 panel discussion and took extensive notes, there was so much relevant content that will 10x my company (and my TA friendships). #TAMAimpact

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Todd Newman

I can think of no better place for teaching artists to connect, network and encourage one another than TAMA.

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Cleveland Wall

I love TAMA because we are SO much stronger collectively than separately.

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Misty Yarnall

TAMA is an incredible networking opportunity for teaching artists to connect, find mentors, and learn advocacy. In a profession that can often feel isolating, TAMA provides a community of working professionals who provide insight and reassurance. As a new teaching artist myself, I have gained a great deal of understanding on how to stand firm to what my time and talent is worth.

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Hope Garland

Creating a space where Teaching Artists are supported and are empowered to advocate for their work is inspiring. I’m excited that this community has been built as a framework for all of us who value the power of art.

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Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

I learned about TAMA early Covid (Spring 2020.) I’m so glad I did! TAMA, in zoom cafe meetings has encouraged and supported me in my teaching artistry. I’ve become a better teaching artist and smarter at advocating.

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Khaleshia Thorpe-Price

TAMA provides a supportive community that encourages the growth of teaching artists.

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Ayesis Clay

I love TAMA because it amplifies the voices of Teaching Artists!

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Denise Jones

Love my tribe! <3

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Lara Vracarich

TAMA is an Excellent organization with abundant resources and opportunities to connect with colleagues, seeped in the arts. Participating in TAMA cafe’s and gatherings has expanded my understanding of the Teaching Artistry field, TAs rights and ethics, avenues for advocacy, capacity for professionalism, and community connection. TA Cafe’s get the sparks flying as ideas, insights, & information percolate.

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Devin Walker

No one can advocate for Teaching Artists better than Teaching Artists.

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Dave Fry

TAMA is a wonderful collection of creative artists who share the same passion of working with communities to enrich, encourage and enjoy the Arts in our culture.

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Jennifer Ridgway

TAMA is where I hang with colleagues. They’ve become close friends and my future collaborators.

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Erica “E~” Bradshaw

TAMA is our best and most effective way to go beyond getting a seat at the table but making change at that table!

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Heidi Rugg

Connecting with other Teaching Artists is the best way to learn from each other — we are the experts, and we will move the field forward together.

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Bernie Wilke

My involvement with TAMA is still very new but I am already seeing the importance of TAMA’s work in connecting teaching artists.

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TAMA was created by Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists (TAs).

Donations help raise awareness about the field of teaching artistry and support professional Teaching Artists living and working in your community.

Why TAMA?

Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA) values the professional growth of our members and is passionate about contributing to the success of the field of Teaching Artistry. Since our first organizational meeting in July 2017, TAMA has seeded networks of TAs in local communities across the region. Today, we serve our members with an informational hub via a robust website and social media channels.  Our vision is to create connections, answer each others’ questions, and share inspiration through our collective experience and wisdom.  When TAs share what has been learned professionally and what questions remain in the field, everyone’s ability to provide quality art in the community grows.  Your contribution will help us support, empower, and advocate for Teaching Artists across the region.  Together, we can positively impact the lives of these incredible artists and the communities they serve.

Our mantra is: Stronger, braver, wiser together!

Your Support Means

TAMA is an all-volunteer, non-profit endeavor and is free to join.  Your donation would cover TAMA’s small operation expenses, including expanding our website and coworking meetups and all the benefits these programs provide!

Donations of all sizes make a huge difference! Here are some examples of what your contribution can achieve:

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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 mid-Atlantic 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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