2015-2016 TATIP Anthology


2015-2016 TATIP Anthology 

This anthology is dedicated to the memory of Wiley Birkhofer, a true artist and teacher.

Presenting the Graduates of the 2015-2016 Teaching Artist Training & Internship Program (TATIP). This anthology is a compilation of their work, experiences and the fun we’ve all had together during this academic year.

-Elective Seminar by Shawn Ferreyra

Community-Word Project’s TATIP is in its 17th year and is the longest-standing professional development program open to the Teaching Artist field by a non-profit organization in New York City. TATIP prepares Teaching Artists to provide high-quality arts education to underserved youth in New York City public schools. The rigorous training involves intensive seminars in curriculum design and teaching techniques, led by CWP staff, Teaching Artists (TAs) and the TATIP Cohort. During this yearlong training, participants gain invaluable classroom experience interning with mentor TAs, in both during-school and after-school multi-disciplinary collaborative arts residencies.

The 2015-16 Class of 28 visual and media artists, writers, musicians, dancers and theatre artists learned how to transform creative processes into teaching tools, experimented with how to create lesson plans and teaching paths that meet state and city standards, explored Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, investigated the Common Core State Standards, tried out a myriad of classroom management strategies, developed co-teaching and partnership skills, incorporated inquiry and reflection in their lessons, and helped students create work, remembering to remain relevant to students’ lives and to create community.

TATIP Facilitators Renée Watson & Patti Chilsen

CWP Staff

Michele Kotler, Founder & Executive Director
Megan Morrison, Deputy Director of Programs
Craig Hayes, Deputy Director of External Affairs
David King, Program Director for School Partnerships
Patricia A. Chilsen, Program Director for Training & Internships
Claire Tighe, Grants Manager
Katie Rainey, Program Assistant
Autumn Tilson, Program Assistant
Joey Cheng, Development Assistant
Ben Halperin, Benefit Assistant

A special thanks to this year’s CWP, BAC & Wingspan Arts Mentors:

Adia Whittaker
Elizabeth Leonard
Felipe Galindo
Jashua Sa-Ra
Javan Howard
Kate Lee
Katie Rainey
Mary Cinadr
Melissa Shaw
Molly Goldman
Nancy Volante
Phyllis Capello
T. Scott Lilly

Special thanks to all of our Arts-in-Education partners who make up the TATIP Cohort and helped make this year a unique collaboration. This year, we were able to offer collaborative Elective Seminars facilitated and hosted by various arts organizations. The TATIP Cohort also collaborated to put on two TA panels this year: The Business of Teaching Artistry: A Panel on Professional and The 2016 Job Information Panel.

These series of professional development seminars and panels were, for the first time in TATIP history, available to Teaching Artists outside of TATIP and that was made possible by the collaborative efforts of CWP and the following organizations:

Brooklyn Arts Council
Carnegie Center for Arts Education
DreamYard Project
Free Arts NYC
Magicbox Productions
Marquis Studios
Maxine Greene Center
National Dance Institute
New Victory Theater
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Voices Unbroken
Wingspan Arts

-Job Information Panel by Shawn Ferreyra

Over the year, our TATIP trainees participated in a series of workshops, seminars and residencies to complete their internship. The fall workshops were dedicated to Creative ElementsBuilding Lesson Plans, the Creative Process and the Common CoreExecuting a LessonTeaching Paths & Classroom Management and Reflection. In the Spring, TATIP held a series of Elective Seminars in collaboration with the TATIP Cohort, and each trainee was placed in a CWP residency at various schools throughout NYC, including:

PS 132 Juan Pablo Duarte, Washington Heights
PS 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Bronx
PS 676 Red Hook Neighborhood School
PS 84 Jose De Diego, Brooklyn
PS 316 Elijah Stroud, Brooklyn
PS 17 Henry David Thoreau
The Young Women’s Leadership School, Queens

Many trainees also completed an after school residency in partnership with Wingspan Arts, and additional internship tracks with Brooklyn Arts Council, FreeArts NYC and Marquis Studios.

Dear TATIP Class of 2015-16,

It is our honor to be with you at the end of this year’s training. Congratulations to you each on completing this professional development course.

You are such a diverse group of talented and committed artists who understand the need for, and importance of learning and practicing the craft of teaching.

We have grown with you, as you have grown, over the past eight months – your questions, integrity and experience prompted us to do so. Through workshops, residencies and professional development seminars, you have shown that you are earnest and eager to be more deeply prepared for the Teaching Artist profession. The time, effort, and creativity you have invested will inspire many and will bring art into lives that might not otherwise have it.

Thank you for your passion. Thank you for the heart and the openness you brought to your residencies and internships. Thank you for the deep thinking and care you put into your teaching paths and lesson plans. Thank you for being willing to take personal and artistic risks with us. It made all the difference.

The wonderful experience of being your guides throughout this process has been a privilege for us all, and we hope that you will keep in touch as you go out into the world and shine your light into the Teaching Artist field.

We wish you joy and peace as you continue to grow and teach and burn bright in this world. Please keep us updated about all of the fabulous things you are doing down the road – we love to know how you are carrying this experience forward.

Keep your flame alive.

With much respect, Patti, Renée, Katie and the TATIP Cohort

In celebration of their creativity, we are sharing each TATIP graduate’s work and artistry in this anthology. This compilation includes biographies, memorable moments, photographs, quotes, lesson plans, artistic samples and more to give you a full picture of their accomplishments this year.

Presenting the 2015-16 TATIP Graduating Class! Click on their names below to find out more about them.

Alessandra Salvemini Sheppard
Alex Velozo
Anna Zastrow
Audin Hargrove
Basha Alperin
Carolyn Clark
Catherine Pikula
Chaya Babu
Dale Novella Anderson
Deanna Green
Eli Pauley
Emily Collins
Gary Devirgilio
Jacqueline Raymond
Janet Onyenucheya
Jehan Roberson
Jiji Kikhia
Krystalla Pearce
Liana Harper-Cruz
Linda Kleinbub
Liza Miller
Mariella Suarez
Rachel Alulis
Rachel Elfezouaty
Sarah M. Chichester
Saundra Norton
Shawn Ferreyra
Simone Johnson

Special Thanks

TATIP is made possible through the generous support of New York State Council on the Arts, Governer Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Birkhofer Family and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.

The 2015-2016 TATIP Anthology was designed by Katie Rainey