Teaching Artistry blends creative and educational practice in service of community building, social justice, and inspiring joy. Courtney J. Boddie, Host and Creator, chats with teaching artists and arts educators who are driving professional teaching artistry forward. Courtney and her guests discuss personal journeys, celebrate triumphs and challenges, and advocate fiercely for the arts in all communities.
Episode 65, ACT 1: Carmen Kelly - A Soft Place
In Episode 65: "A Soft Place," Courtney sits down with Carmen Kelly, an inspiring human with a rich history in arts education. Currently, Kelly is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn-based NIA Community Services Network's after-school program, which aims to engage kids in the arts to create positive pathways in their lives.
As Courtney takes us deeper into her work, we learn that Kelly aims to encourage primarily Black and brown youth to examine themselves and work to find and name what is intrinsically good about who and what they are. Kelly notes that this work is all about fostering difficult and deep conversations, and intentionally setting up systems that center young people. At the core of this, Kelly tells us, is creating a soft place for kids to turn to, especially in our increasingly chaotic world.
Questions that are addressed in this episode are: How can we create opportunities to let young people know that adults care about them and what they have to say? How can young people feel successful in this world without conforming or denying aspects of themselves?
There is so much more to glean from this episode. You won't want to miss Courtney and Carmen's thoughtful discussion about care, love, expression, and healing. Listen or download now wherever you listen to podcasts!
Episode 64, ACT 2: Yazmany Arboleda - Mobilizing Interdependence
Hi, PODience! We’re back with Act 2 of our fascinating chat with Yazmany Arboleda titled, “Mobilizing Interdependence.”
In their discussion, Courtney and Yazmany continue to tackle a range of deeply meaningful topics. One major theme that really stands out in this episode is how the process of making art in community with others helps us to understand one another, to learn new skills and to evolve into something new.
In Act 2 of Arboleda’s fast-paced, joyful chat with Courtney, they also discuss Yazmany’s work with the Little Amal, the problematic aspects of land acknowledgments, land ownership v. land stewardship in western cultures, and how our lived experience affects how we approach how we move through the world and how we create our art.
Episode 64, ACT 1: Yazmany Arboleda - Mobilizing Interdependence
Episode 64, Act 1: “Mobilizing Interdependence,” featuring the passionate Yazmany Arboleda, will leave you invigorated, activated and inspired to up your game and think about how you could be engaging with your art and how you’re inviting others to engage with and through what you’re creating.
Have you ever stopped to think that we, as humans, are collectively co-creating our future at all times? Do you center inquiry as the basis for creating works of art? Have you thought of art as a mechanism for healing individual and shared traumas?
In his fast-paced, joyful chat with Courtney, Yazmany Arboleda explains that the foundation of his artistry is all about remaining curious about the state of his own existence. His aim is to engage people through inquiry and to imagine the impossible, and collectively rise to the challenge of co-creating something that makes the impossible, possible.
Episode 63, ACT 3 - Looking Back to Look Forward - Continuing The Continuum
In Acts 1 and 2 of our newest episode, we learned about the origins of Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) and its merger with the Association of Teaching Artists (ATA).
In Act 3, "Continuing the Continuum," Courtney sits down with Kerry Warren, Katie Rainey and Marissa Ontiveros, who all hold leadership positions at TAG, to discuss the future of the organization and of the field at large. Together, they talk about the organization's current goals and the tapestry of strategic plans for its future, which include analyzing the co-leadership model intrinsic to the current and future success and expansion of the organization. Their goals also focus on the necessity of building on past strategic plans from the center outwards, in order to strengthen TAG's community and strengthen the continuum of ever-changing leadership and continued learning. Their goals are clear: the organization aims to deepen their advocacy strategies, develop a more representative nationwide community of artists and build toward a more equitable future.
Episode 63, ACT 2: Looking Back to Look Forward - Collaborate, Cultivate, Celebrate
What do the words intentionality, collaboration, community, responsiveness, tenacity, perseverance and leadership have in common? They’re all terms or themes that emerge in our newest episode. And they’re all used in reference to teaching artistry and its pivotal role in the constant reshaping and elevation of arts education and arts administration.
In Episode 63, Act 2: “Collaborate, Cultivate, Celebrate,” a number of big ideas and questions arise, two of which take center stage: In a world in which the non-profit industrial complex holds such a firm presence, how do we establish a more equitable leadership model? In what ways can we center teaching artists’ voices and perspectives to help drive organizational practices forward?
In this newest installment, a panel of arts practitioners and administrators discuss the merger between Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) and Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) and the interpersonal discussions that were had, and the big ideas and systems that, out of necessity, were deconstructed and/or developed in order to make that meaningful merger happen. These brilliant minds also chat about the impact, positive and negative, that the pandemic had on the internal operations of non-profit organizations. This includes, of course, the innovative ways teaching artists and their expertise were invited into new discussions and either uplifted or not given their due. The panel’s conversation really hits full throttle when the panel discusses ways they’ve let go of hierarchical leadership models and instead chosen to embrace a more equitable concentric leadership model. That’s when they dive into a rich discussion about the emergence of that type of model and how the pendulum has swung into the position of embracing equity and rejecting old, oppressive models that have for so long kept the non-profit industrial complex aloft.
Episode 63, ACT 1: Looking Back to Look Forward - Collective Field Building
We’ve got another great episode for you, TA PODience!
We’re back with Act 1 of a fascinating three-act series titled “Looking Back to Look Forward.”
Episode 63, Act 1: “Collective Field Building,” features an exciting panel of inspiring multi-hyphenate artists and arts administrators who were instrumental in the formation of what would eventually become the Teaching Artists Guild (TAG). This episode is a fascinating reunion of sorts that is made up of Jean Johnstone, Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Lynn Johnson, Miko Lee, Jessica Mele, Eric Booth and of course Courtney J. Boddie.
In Act 1, we learn about the “who” and “how” this confluence of creative minds intersected to found Teaching Artists Organized (TAO), and how that turned into Teaching Artists Guild. We also learn about the creation of two different tools developed in part by this group, one of which is the Teaching Artist Manifesto and how to create such a hold statement representative of every facet of teaching artistry as a field. The other is a larger, deeper conversation piece is the aspirational thinking behind the development of the teaching artist pay rate calculator, which can be used, in part, as a negotiating and advocacy tool, and a means to devising better hiring practices and roads to more equitable compensation for the teaching artist community as a whole. And all of this is discussed in the first half of this episode. So what else does this fascinating panel discuss? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Great podcast for artists and educators!
This is such a great podcast for teaching artists. It’s really nice to hear stories from other people in the field- it makes me feel more connected to what I do! The production quality is really high, and the host and all the guests are so likeable! 10/10 would recommend.