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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

Teaching Artist Podcast Rebecca Potts Aguirre

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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

    #83: Amanda Gorman: Finding Your Village

    #83: Amanda Gorman: Finding Your Village

    Amanda is a childbirth educator who uses the Birthing From Within methodologies. She talked about incorporating art-making as part of the preparation for birth and shared her own experience of moving from a “not creative” person to wholeheartedly believing in the power of art. She shared her process for building trust and working with students who don’t have art experience as well as the reasons art-making is included in a birthing course. We also talked a bit about the racial inequities around childbirth and Amanda shared some wonderful links, including episode 16 of her own podcast, Finding Your Village, in which Cachet Prescott shares her birth experience as a Black woman.

    Amanda Gorman is a wife, mother of two, the host of the Finding Your Village podcast and a certified Birthing From Within childbirth educator. In addition to her family, Amanda is passionate about: writing, speaking, addiction and trauma recovery, music, social justice, and birth work. Her podcast focuses on birth, postpartum and parent mental health. She teaches online childbirth classes that not only inform parents about the physiological aspects of birth, but also train parents to build a toolkit to cope with pain, become confident facing the unknown and find their parenting village.

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    • 34 min
    #82: Melissa Parke: Black Teaching Artist Lab

    #82: Melissa Parke: Black Teaching Artist Lab

    Melissa Parke shared her journey in bringing an idea to life through Black Teaching Artist Lab where she conducts research, offers workshops and professional development, and so much more. She shared so vulnerably about mental health and struggles with feeling confident despite being certain of the importance and value of her work. She has created the Afrocentric Social-Emotional Learning Framework, which centers social-emotional learning (SEL) for the Black learner through arts education. Melissa talked about developing this framework and using it within professional development for Black teaching artists.

    Another major part of her work is the Pan-African cultural exchange, which provides opportunities for Black identifying teaching artists to travel to different parts of the African Diaspora, in order to better understand the Black experience globally. To support this project, donate here!

    Melissa also talked about research and how she began this work. When she asked for data on Black teaching artists and was told it doesn’t exist, she decided to gather it. She is conducting this research and currently has a survey gathering information from Black identifying teaching artists. If that’s you, please respond here! It’s anonymous and gathers valuable data to demonstrate the impact of Black teaching artists' work and to tell the stories of their work in different communities. You can also help by sharing the survey widely and getting the word out about this work.

    Melissa Parke is a Brooklyn-based creative that is making waves in the arts-education world. Parke initially developed her concept for Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC at the beginning of 2019, while working as a community manager at Brooklyn Creative League—a co-working space in Brooklyn, New York. Surrounded by successful entrepreneurs and immersed in the social changes that were underway in America, Parke was inspired to turn her big ideas into a tangible, new reality.

    Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC (BTAL) is a professional development and travel abroad organization that aims to connect Black teaching artists and learners from the African Diaspora through arts education, in order to unify and strengthen intercultural understanding between marginalized Pan-African populations. We believe that through the use of art—one of the most powerful tools we have for human expression—Pan-African teaching artists will be able to share their individual stories of the lived Black experience with Black youth, everywhere.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #81: Stories from the Field

    #81: Stories from the Field

    Stories from the Field: A curated selection of conversations around equity in the art classroom.

    This episode is a special one and will be the last one of 2021. This is a longer version of the presentation I gave at the California Art Education Association conference last month. I prefaced the presentation by saying that I am not an expert here, but have been learning and listening and working to share the advice of those who know more than I do, to share the experiences of those who experience racism firsthand, to share the voices of those who are too often silenced.

    It was a daunting task to select clips from over 80 hours of conversation to fit into 30 minutes. What’s shared here is my longer cut, which is closer to 45 minutes. While there’s obviously so much cut from the many conversations these clips were pulled from, it is also still a lot to process. This episode includes clips from the following artists and educators: Peter Atsu Adaletey, Mahoganëë Amiger, Mandi Antonucci, Morgan Auten Smith, Abby Birhanu, Jeremy Blair, Aaron Bos Wahl, Liz Brent, Tracy Brown, Adrienne Brown-David, Nikki Brugnoli, Adjoa Burrowes, Candido Crespo, Pat Cruz, Christy Culp, Lizz Denneau, Megan Driving Hawk, Nisa Floyd, Jill Forie, Kate Frazer Rego, Emma Freeman, Victoria J. Fry, Reuben King, Jessica Kitzman, Khadesia Latimer, Ondrea Levey, Paula Liz, Matt MacFarland, Kelly Marshall, Lauren Merceron, Alisha Mernick, David T. Miller, Mallory Muya, Danielle Nilsen, Priyanka Parmanand, Eileen Powers, Gregory Quick, Natasha Rivett-Carnac, Mark Rode, Jess Rogawski, Lori Santos, Tamara Slade, Corbrae Smith, Sydney Snyder, Karina Esperanza Yánez, and Flavia Zuñiga-West.

    Here is the Google document where I shared the transcript and artist bios for the final CAEA presentation, which was a shortened version of this episode. Feel free to make a copy and add notes if that’s helpful.

    I ended with the song Nisa Floyd recommended, Come Back As A Flower by Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright. I can’t include it in the episode for copyright reasons, but you can listen to it on the blog, thinking about Nisa’s words of redemption and hope and growth.

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    • 48 min
    #80: Isadora Stowe: Wearing All The Hats

    #80: Isadora Stowe: Wearing All The Hats

    Isadora Stowe shared her winding journey teaching in several settings before landing in community college where she embraces the student centered approach. She talked about learning on the job how to connect with students and truly listen to find their unmet needs. It was so helpful hearing about the mindset shift from thinking of behaviors as problematic to thinking of behaviors as expressing something that may be painful and is not being heard.

    I also loved hearing about Isadora’s work and how she pursues her interest in physics through installation in collaboration with scientists. She talked about making a living and making a life as an artist - creating multiple income streams, but also building in time to recharge yourself.

    Isadora Stowe is a New Mexican based multi-media artist whose work focuses on the narrative of environment translated and coded into complex psychological landscapes. Stowe grew up in the southwest border region, living and working in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. She credits these experiences for providing a heightened awareness of geographical and political boundaries, and a fascination with the exploration of identity of self and the construction of home in her work.

    Stowe earned her BFA in Painting with a double major in Cultural Anthropology, minor in Native American Studies and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She exhibits her work widely and is represented in many private and public collections across the country and in Mexico. She has been the recipient of several grants, scholarships and awards for her work, including an Award for Excellence from the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is also one of the Artists profiled in the Book, The Motherhood of Art, published in 2020.

    She is dedicated to making the world a better place for Artists from all points of origin and serves on many local and national committees and on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Schools of Art and Bordersenses, a non-profit which promotes arts in the binational region. She is also the co-creator of the professional art practice courses; Wearing all the hats without losing your head presented on the Artist Mother Network.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #79: Cynthia Hauk: Mindfulness & Art

    #79: Cynthia Hauk: Mindfulness & Art

    Cynthia Hauk shared her experience teaching mindful art workshops, including trainings for teachers and parents around bringing these practices into our teaching. I was so grateful that she also shared a specific exercise that can be done with no materials or extended to create incredible works of art. We talked about somatic work and what that means, as well as overcoming the shame story many of us have around creativity. Cynthia also shared some of her favorite books, which I’ll link to in the blog post. She talked about fitting in art-making while juggling so many other parts of life, including true self care. I loved the imagery of filling your cup in order for it to overflow and pour out into the world.

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    • 49 min
    #78: Mary Beth Flynn: Artfully Aging

    #78: Mary Beth Flynn: Artfully Aging

    Mary Beth Flynn shared her experience growing both her house portrait business and her art education business. She talked about being a lifelong artist and a lifelong entrepreneur and it was amazing to hear how she really embodies both. I also loved hearing about the therapeutic aspects of the work she’s doing through her Artfully Aging programs. She ties in storytelling and song to add an oral component to her watercolor projects.

    We can probably all relate to the necessarily fast learning curve with technology during this pandemic. Mary Beth revamped her website, but also shifted her business model and created over 20 projects with training videos and shipped kits. She talked about being daunted at first, taking time to just organize and take stock, but then seeing the potential of moving beyond her geographic area. It’s so inspiring to see how she has grown her businesses and continues to adapt.

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Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Erinforthearts ,

So helpful

This podcast has not only encouraged me to flip my own classroom from teacher-centered to student-centered, listening to guests being interviewed has reminded me that I myself am an artist and it’s okay to make my own art again too. Very relevant if you want to understand/see/be reminded of what progression in pedagogy looks like.

Shell1092 ,

Creating

Inspired me to look at things a new way.

Lululouisexxxxxxo ,

Great podcast!

Rebecca truly has a special gift in how she talks about art in such a beautiful and thoughtful provoking manner. I love listening to her perspective.

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