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Teaching Artist Podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca Potts Aguirre, a visual arts teaching artist, interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

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Teaching Artist Podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Rebecca Potts Aguirre, a visual arts teaching artist, interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

    #66: Peter Atsu Adaletey: What If?

    #66: Peter Atsu Adaletey: What If?

    Peter Atsu shared how he went from creating shadow theatre in his home for the children and families he grew up with to working on international theater productions and with ITAC (International Teaching Artist Collaborative). It was so inspiring hearing how he’s spread his passion for the arts not only into schools, churches, and communities throughout Ghana, but also through mentorship of younger teaching artists. He talked about his teaching approach splitting from the school system’s top-down methods and empowering students in co-creation. He shared how students respond and become so engaged as “that’s the approach they’ve been crying for.” Yet it remains challenging to convince schools of the need for both student choice and voice in learning and for the arts integrated into the school day - a challenge Atsu continues to take on.

    He also talked about the strain COVID placed on him when his programs were all shut down. He has worked hard to continue teaching via zoom and has continued creating, saying “art is my breath.” It was beautiful and heartbreaking hearing how expression through his art forms has helped him cope with the challenges of this time and how resilient he has been, not only shifting the way he works, but also helping other teaching artists learn to use zoom and other digital tools. A big challenge has been getting the equipment needed to be able to do this. We looked into crowdfunding platforms and are working on setting something up that is available in Ghana allowing donations from all over the world. I will be sharing links when they are available. In the meantime, you can also reach out to Atsu to support his work directly.

    One of the driving forces he shared was curiosity and always questioning - asking "what if?" He talked about the power in this question, the freedom in thinking outside of the systems we know.

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    #65: Ondrea Levey: Symbols & Self Love

    #65: Ondrea Levey: Symbols & Self Love

    Ondrea talked about the “wild juggling game” of teaching and making art and staying active in her communities. She shared some wonderful books and resources, especially around a topic she’s been focusing on lately: self love. We talked about assessment in the art classroom and questioned how to encourage students rather than add pressure to their lives. I loved hearing how the pandemic has helped her shift more away from medium-specific work both in her own work and in teaching. She talked about helping students translate their thoughts in whatever form makes sense to them. We also talked about struggling to facilitate courageous conversations about social justice and she shared some framing and tips that have helped her create dialogue among students.

    Ondrea “Bell” Levey is a visual artist living between Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon.  She received her BFA in Art Education at the University of Arizona. Tenderness and storytelling inform her work. Ondrea teaches high school in Tucson, as well as adult workshops, with emphasis on identity, play, and practice development. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured at Tiny Town Gallery, Jewish History Museum, Subspace, and Chick Magnet.To follow her most current work, subscribe to her Patreon and receive handwritten love letters, playlists, stickers, and workshops.

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    #64: Abby Birhanu: Stepping Stones

    #64: Abby Birhanu: Stepping Stones

    It was such a pleasure to talk with Abby Birhanu and hear more about her teaching and art-making! Her passion and compassion comes through in all that she does. I loved her advice about antiracist teaching within communities that aren’t ready to embrace it. She talked about being a wordsmith, sharing artists’ words and encouraging students to question institutions, and showing students love. The way she spoke about helping students grow as compassionate humans was so inspiring. Abby scaffolds these discussions the same way teachers scaffold all learning - she creates stepping stones to help students move away from singular stories about people and cultures unlike their own.

    Abigail (Abby) Birhanu is an artist and high school art teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to the United States at the age of nine. She has always believed in the power of art to shape and transform the learning outcomes, experiences, and identity of the next generation. She practices Choice Based Art to encourage creativity and confidence in her students as well as to help them take ownership of their artistic journey.

    Abby participated in the Fulbright Teachers Exchange Program as an exchange teacher to the United Kingdom. The experience was transformative and further solidified her commitment to cross-cultural learning and teaching. Abby loves traveling (21 countries and counting) and especially partaking in educational and cultural exchange opportunities with her students. As an educator, she is committed to anti-racist, anti-bias, and culturally responsive teaching that cultivates global citizens that understand and value the interconnected world community.

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    #63: Jeannie Siegler: Generosity of Spirit

    #63: Jeannie Siegler: Generosity of Spirit

    Jeannie Siegler was my high school art teacher!! We reconnected a few years ago and she’s shown the same generosity she always embodied. She was one of those teachers that made me want to teach and now remains a mentor full of encouragement. I loved getting to know more about her background in this episode! Jeannie began her teaching career through the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, then taught in Washington D.C. public schools including Western High School, which later became Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She spent time teaching on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota before settling outside Missoula, Montana where we first met as teacher and student.

    She spoke about her experience on the School Support Team for the state of Montana and how seeing the inner workings of many schools and districts along with the political mechanics surrounding them helped her understand the complexity of the issues in education. Jeannie offered advice for teachers and shared her challenges.

    We talked about setting up darkrooms in our basements, connections between science and art, and finding time for art-making. I loved getting to chat with Jeannie and share her wisdom and spirit with you!

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    #62: Kathryn Rodrigues: Reflections, Refractions, and Shadows

    #62: Kathryn Rodrigues: Reflections, Refractions, and Shadows

    Kathryn Rodrigues talked about being a 3rd culture kid, growing up in many countries and returning to the U.S. as a teenager, but not feeling at home. I loved how she talked about the space of transition, that time in motion and trying to capture that feeling in her work. She also shone a light on the world of freelance teaching artists, balancing teaching with art-making and parenting. Kathryn talked about the structure of her teaching time before the pandemic and how she brought the city of Chicago into the classroom through field trips to art venues as well as sharing local artists, working to create equity and improve access to cultural resources. She shared the idea of curriculum development centered around local BIPOC artists, rather than including them as an exception to the white-centered curriculum. That brought up a great question we can all ask ourselves - what is at the center of your teaching?

    Kathryn Rodrigues is a Chicago based artist and educator. She was born in Georgia and within weeks was on the move to her family's next destination. Her family moved to 10 different locations within the next 13 years, including Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal and Germany, before finally settling in Illinois. Being raised as a “third-culture kid” left her with a deep interest in cultural identity, notions of belonging and longing, domestic life, and the natural world. She often uses both visual and symbolic systems of mapping in her work as a way to express her interior life and navigate the world around her. Her work represents an investigation of and a reflection on the collection of experiences and memories that shape her identity. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has taught courses for children and adults at the Massachusetts College of Art, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Marwen. Exhibition highlights include the Chicago Cultural Center, Copley Society of Art, Woman Made Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Spilt Milk Gallery, Open House Contemporary and ARC Gallery.

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    #61: Nisa Floyd: Come Back As A Flower

    #61: Nisa Floyd: Come Back As A Flower

    Nisa Floyd talked about honoring her feelings through her internal and personal art practice and how that also allows her to honor her students’ feelings in the classroom. Her gardening and plant metaphors are so beautiful and meaningful and woven throughout our conversation. She shared her experiences feeling the need to be a savior and then checking that need and asking how she could turn that urge to something truly helpful. She talks about art as a solution, as a way to create space for dialogue, and a way to tap into some of the deeply rooted beliefs that we need to change.

    The way she communes with community and asks “what does support look like for you?” is a model for institutions wanting to change systemically. We talked about shame and the power dynamic within breaking down a culture of white supremacy and how so often the work being done is not breaking down these systems at a skeletal level, but instead adding a pretty dress on top of this deformed skeleton. Nisa talked about her worries that her work at the institution could end with her and how she’s working to institutionalize change and develop systems rooted in community-based planning of programs.

    This conversation left me thinking deeply, considering how I can come back as a flower, for myself as a human, for my daughter and family, but also for my communities - my students, fellow art educators, and artist mothers. Thank you, Nisa!!

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