Since the summer of 2020, TAMA members have deliberated over individual past and present experiences and examined their understanding of what a professional is and how identifying as one might shape and transform their collective future. Together, members developed seven Principles for Professional Teaching Artists. (Read here.)
Today, guided by the principles of excellence, professional respect, autonomy/choice, fair pay, self-worth, control, and prepared and responsible, TAMA advances solidarity and justice in the field across the mid-Atlantic region.
We call on you – TAMA stakeholders – our network of arts organizations, grant funders, policymakers, schools, retirement homes, community centers and associations, and more – to observe the seven principles for Teaching Artists and reimagine ways to do business with us.
The above-mentioned actions demonstrate your commitment to TAMA’s Professional TA Principles. By joining forces with us, we can achieve an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant arts ecosystem and ensure Teaching Artists remain contributors to the vibrancy and growth of our communities with art learning and making at the heart!
Finally, TAMA hosts webinars for stakeholders. Steered by the principles, sessions are transformative 1-2 hour discussions that widen our collective perspective about Teaching Artist professionalism and provide concrete solutions to strengthen direct relationships with Teaching Artists and grow a sustainable arts ecosystem for all!
As TAMA grows, we welcome your ideas to collaborate and partner with you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the TAMA Board.
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Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic
One of the challenges of our profession is that there is very little data about who we are, what we do and where we are working. Without a documentable presence, it’s difficult to advocate for funding and policies that benefit our work. Your profile will both help promote your work individually and it will help us aggregate data for our region. As you fill in the blanks below, you will have a choice as to who is allowed to see some of the information. Please note that the “Just Me” option does allow TAMA administration to see what you’ve entered. For example, when you enter your phone number, you can prevent that from appearing in your profile if you like, but TAMA administration can see it.