Regional Networks

TAMA ONLINE SERIES & Quarterly Member Meeting

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

If you are struggling to connect to zoom to join a session, using the eventbrite email and zoom instructions, contact us. We will arrange a private specialized training to walk you through the steps. We want to make sure every TA in the Mid-Atlantic is connected!


TA CAFE: Mondays | 9:30AM

Start your work week out with TAMA! The Cafe began at the top of the pandemic as a place for us to share our grief. Then we supported each other in unemployment paperwork and shared ideas for virtual teaching. Now as Teaching Artists are invited to reinvent their work, this is an opportunity to share your dreams and invent the future together. More importantly, in August, the Cafe became a place where we brainstorm, plan and write advocacy pitches, and strategize on our personal and collective advocacy efforts. Consider:

Pre-Covid: You’d find yourself alone in an elevator with an administrator or an education director who could help you get work. What did you say? (What do you wish you had said?) 

Now: Social media is the metaphoric “elevator” and it’s crowded! What do you say? Who do you say it to? Who is in your sphere of influence? What is your game changer request for the next 1-3 months? How will you get enough work?

Let’s take the ROAD TO TA LEADERSHIP together. TA Leaders know it is their responsibility to advocate for the field. Become a TA advocate with us. We have expertise among us and we break advocacy into a 5-step process that is on a quarterly repeat:

  • Identify Potential: Who do you ask and what do you ask for?
  • Plan Advocacy Pitch: Develop connections to activate your audience
  • Write Advocacy Pitch: Structure, develop and revise your pitch
  • Share Advocacy Pitch: Rehearse, share and get feedback
  • Advocacy Strategy: Invest and connect

What is the advocacy game-changer on your list for the next 1-3 months?

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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ta-cafe-tickets-101928214032

Genesis: TAs of the Diaspora: First Tuesdays | 1PM

Genesis is a group, within the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic, which consists of Black and Brown by-Artists-for-Artists who support, uplift, and give voice to all Artists of Color who have ties to Africa by way of direct lineage, heritage, bloodline and/or experience, and have been impacted by any form of racism.

This network organized on April 21, 2020 when individual teaching artists of color were hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by TAMA NJ State Director and Certified Life Coach, Wincey Terry-Bryant, the network continues to grow and engage Black and Brown Teaching Artists in collaboration.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/genesis-tas-of-the-diaspora-tickets-105006699866

Early Childhood Network: Every Other Wednesdays | 10:30AM

A network for TAs working in Early Childhood Education. Session topics largely focus on delivering programs online. Share and learn from your Early Childhood TA colleagues, as we gear up for the year ahead bringing programming to ages 0-6 and their families and caregivers.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-childhood-network-tickets-113990703262

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. 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!