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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.

Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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 56, ACT 2: James C. Horton - Arm Yourself With Hope

    Episode 56, ACT 2: James C. Horton - Arm Yourself With Hope

    What is it that drives you? What is the impact you want to have on the world? Those are the questions that are central to the heart of the conversation featured in the second part of our episode featuring James C. Horton.

    In Act 2 of Episode 56: “Arm Yourself with Hope,” Courtney and James’s conversation segues from the meaning of family and finding connection to the arts to the impact of the arts. This is where we learn much more about James’s career trajectory, a path which led him to a position at Carnegie Hall and then the Museum of the City of New York, where he was at the time of this recording. One of the most meaningful parts of this conversation focuses on James’s work with incarcerated youth, using the arts as a pathway to process trauma. You won’t want to miss Courtney and James’s thoughtful conversation about supporting human healing through trauma-informed arts practices and amplifying the voices of those who are often marginalized, ignored or criminalized. Be sure to check out Act 2 of Episode 56: “Arm Yourself with Hope” wherever you get your podcasts!

    • 52 min
    Episode 56, ACT 1: James C. Horton: Arm Yourself with Hope

    Episode 56, ACT 1: James C. Horton: Arm Yourself with Hope

    Hey, PODience! We’ve got a brand new episode for you and you won’t want to miss it.

    Episode 56: “Arm Yourself with Hope” is a thoughtful, and in some aspects spiritual conversation with James C. Horton, the newly-appointed President of Harlem School of the Arts in New York City.

    At the top of Courtney’s chat with James, a self-proclaimed "analog dude" and father of four ambitious kids, they linger for a while on their childhood experiences. Their conversation really gains momentum when they connect over the meaning of family and finding a connection to the arts as a safe space at just the right time in life. The heart and soul of this meaningful chat is centered around the word “tension.” As James says it, every aspect of art is based in tension and how we, as artists, explore and move through that tension. Without the presence of tension, James notes, there is nothing. How one harnesses and focuses the power of that tension is the artist’s ultimate challenge. Other topics explored in this episode include core values as personal and professional anchors, the collaborative and communal nature of theater and slingshots. Yes, you read that right. Slingshots. So where exactly does this conversation begin and end? You’ve just gotta listen to find out!

    • 58 min
    Episode 55, ACT 2: Shanna Melton - Calling in Your 'Why'

    Episode 55, ACT 2: Shanna Melton - Calling in Your 'Why'

    Hey, PODience! We’re back with Act 2 of our newest episode.

    This thoughtful conclusion of Episode 55: “Calling in Your ‘Why’,” features a deeper chat between Courtney and Shanna Melton, a poet and visual artist.

    Their discussion dives a bit deeper into what it means to grieve as humans, artists and learners, to lose oneself in trauma and to find oneself and one’s strength as they emerge from a place of dissociation to a moment of recognizing the power of vulnerability and personal strength. They also discuss the meaning of that word—strength—and how we are perceived from the outside doesn’t always reflect what’s going on inside. Courtney and Shanna’s chat eventually turns to things like: creating meaningful art, emotionally impactful artistic experiences and the future of the field of Teaching Artistry. So, how does this conversation end? You’ll have to listen to find out!

    • 59 min
    Episode 55, ACT 1: Shanna Melton - Calling In Your 'Why'

    Episode 55, ACT 1: Shanna Melton - Calling In Your 'Why'

    Greetings, TA PODience! We’ve got a brand new two-episode arc for you!

    Act 1 of Episode 55: “Calling in Your ‘Why’,” features an introspective chat between Courtney and Shanna Melton, a poet and visual artist.

    Courtney’s conversation with Shanna, who believes in the power of being selective about where, when and how we leave our artistic imprints and energy in the world, is a thoughtful one. Their conversation runs the gamut concerning pathways to discussing the impact of the arts. Some of the rich ideas discussed in this episode are: what it means to create art that holds true meaning and placing that art in spaces that have impact; the realization that the art we create can and should be for others to consume and appreciate; the positive, healing nature of art; and the ways through which we grieve. So, how do we get from point A to point Z? You’ll have to listen, learn and reflect on that!

    • 58 min
    Episode 54, ACT 2: Melissa Parke - Walk In Truth

    Episode 54, ACT 2: Melissa Parke - Walk In Truth

    Hey, PODience! What are you saying "yes" to right now? What obstacles are standing in your way that you are willing to knock over in order to do and feel something new? These are just a few questions that pervade the second part of our two-episode arc featuring Melissa Parke. In Act 2 of Episode 54: "Walk in Truth," Melissa talks a bit more about her work. She specifically goes into more detail about the Afro-centric SEL framework she created, noting that the lens through which the framework operates is centered in culture. Then, suddenly, the conversation turns sharply into a talk about love of sports, fitness and the power of saying yes. This carves out space for the two to discuss the work that needs to be done, internally and externally, in order to create meaningful goals and bring new ideas and systems into all aspects of life, particularly in education. So, will Melissa and Courtney be going head-to-head in a rugby match? It'll make sense when you listen, which you can do via SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify or anywhere you listen to podcasts. You don’t want to miss this episode!

    • 29 min
    Episode 54, ACT 1: Melissa Parke - Walk in Truth

    Episode 54, ACT 1: Melissa Parke - Walk in Truth

    Hello, TA PODience. We hope you’re staying safe, healthy and cool during these extremely hot days. We’re back with a brand new episode that we think you’re going to love!

    What drives you creatively and personally? Can you name it or are you still trying to place it? These questions, and so many more, fuel this two-episode arc. Episode 54: “Walk In Truth,” features an inspiring conversation between Courtney and Melissa Parke, Founder of Black Teaching Artist Lab, LLC and a creative that focuses her work and impact in the arts education world.

    Courtney’s conversation with Melissa hits on so many touchpoints that we’re certain will resonate with anyone listening like growing up in a time of COVID, what it means to belong and what our perceived placement is in society and our ever-fluctuating relationship with time, process and deadlines as a measurement of success. All of this leads into a discussion about Parke’s passion project—creating an Afro-centric social emotional learning (SEL) framework that is inspired in part by a combination of the Casel framework and the White Racial Identity Model, which was developed in 1990 by psychologist Janet Helms. So how exactly did Parke come to shape and mold this new framework? How did she conduct the necessary research and what questions did she ask? In what ways does Parke hope this work will affect Teaching Artistry as a field? You’ll just have to listen to find out!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Chris22376 ,

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.

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