.                  Teaching Artist Support Collaborative  
                          of California (TASC)
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TASC serves as a statewide network with a mission to provide professional support for Teaching Artists throughout California who are passionate about education and community engagement.
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About Teaching Artistry
Teaching artists embody both artist and educator, using their craft to actively engage a diverse range of students and audiences in arts education experiences.
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Sanctuary Education Mini-Conference 2017

Organized by AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Middle East Children's Alliance, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, People's Education Movement Bay Area, Rethinking Schools & Teachers 4 Social Justice.   Come hear from Arab and Muslim youth about their experiences at school and in their communities. Share your experiences and questions about dealing with Islamophobia, racism, sexism, and xenophobia in your classroom and school post-election.  Come discuss: How can we nurture and protect children and their families in the days to come? What does turning schools into true sanctuaries look like? How do we get from here to there?

Space is limited. Find out more info and register here.

Summer Institute 7.0

Teaching Social Justice: CurrentEvents though Art, Inquiry, and Reflection - July 2017

Applications coming soon!

Summer Institute is a three-day intensive workshop for creative writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers and theater artists with 2+ years teaching artist experience. Summer Institute's training curriculum is based on Community-Word Project's "creative process" exploration methods, teaching practices and arts-in-education philosophy developed over 12 years. 

  • Deepen your teaching with experiential, inquiry and reflection processes
  • Connect with Teaching Artists from around the country
  • Expand your impact in teaching for social justice
  • Explore creative processes and critical thinking
  • Investigate techniques for project-based arts integration
  • Build new strategies for classroom management

For more information, please contact TATIP@communitywordproject.org

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What's New

Fostering Resilience in Our Students (from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child)

Post-inauguration, it can be overwhelming to think about what many of our students (and we ourselves) may be up against. Many of us only see our students once a week for an hour, and we ask ourselves how we can support them in such a limited amount of time. Fostering resilience in our students gives us a place to start. The arts provide a low-risk context where students can increase their capacity to successfully navigate an unpredictable world.

Harvard University's Center Center on the Developing Child has this to say about resilience:

Research has identified a common set of factors that predispose children to positive outcomes in the face of significant adversity. Individuals who demonstrate resilience in response to one form of adversity may not necessarily do so in response to another. Yet when these positive influences are operating effectively, they “stack the scale” with positive weight and optimize resilience across multiple contexts. These counterbalancing factors include

  1. facilitating supportive adult-child relationships;
  2. building a sense of self-efficacy and perceived control;
  3. providing opportunities to strengthen adaptive skills and self-regulatory capacities; and
  4. mobilizing sources of faith, hope, and cultural traditions.
(Read the full article here.)

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Ways to Contribute

Submit Your Blog
TASC is in search of blog submissions that focus on teaching artistry and arts learning from a variety of perspectives. We invite teaching artist, arts administrators, educators, researchers and more to contribute to the ongoing conversation. Learn More.

I am a Teaching Artist

The field of teaching artistry is a continuously growing field that can be as diverse as each individual artist. It encompasses many arts forms, teaching methodologies, learning settings and so much more. TASC wants to know your story as a teaching artist! Learn More.

Upcoming Events

23 Feb 2017 8:30 AM • National Equity Project Headquarters 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor Oakland
04 Mar 2017 9:00 AM • Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
09 Mar 2017 12:00 PM • 313 W. Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA
18 Mar 2017 9:30 AM • Museum of Childrens Art
21 Mar 2017 11:00 AM • City Hall, SF
13 Apr 2017 8:30 AM • National Equity Project Headquarters 1720 Broadway, 4th Floor Oakland

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TASC of California is a collaborative of teaching artists and the organizations that hire, train, and support them. 
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Contact us at: tascofcalifornia@gmail.com.

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The art works on this site are used with permission of the artist, Helene Goldberg, who also created the TASC logo.
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