2016-17 TATIP Anthology


Presenting the Graduates of the 2016-2017 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.

Community-Word Project’s TATIP is in its 18th 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 and the TATIP Cohort. During this yearlong training, participants gain invaluable classroom experience interning with mentor Teaching Artists, in both during-school and after-school multi-disciplinary collaborative arts residencies.

The 2016-17 class of 32 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.

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.

TATIP Facilitators Patti Chilsen, Karla Robinson, T. Scott Lilly & Heidi Miller.

CWP Staff Michele Kotler, Founder & Executive Director Megan Morrison, Deputy Director of Programs & Operations Craig Hayes, Deputy Director of External Affairs Patricia Chilsen, Program Director for Teaching Artist Training & Internships David King, Program Director for School Partnerships Claire Tighe, Grants Manager Katie Rainey, Program Manager, TATIP Autumn Tilson, Program Manager, School Partnerships Joey Cheng, Development Assistant

A special thanks to this year’s CWP, Marquis Studios, Arts for All, Citizen Schools & Wingspan Arts Mentors: CWP Teaching Artists: Alex Velozo Deanna Green  Elizabeth Leonard Felipe Galindo Javan Howard Kate Lee Katie Rainey Mary Cinadr Molly Goldman Phyllis Capello Shawn Ferreya T. Scott Lilly

Wingspan Teaching Artists: Suzanne Darrell Sarah Grace Justin Doro Cathy Mancuso

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 a panel called The Business of Teaching Artistry: A Panel on Professional as well as the 2017 Arts in Education Job Fair.

These series of professional development seminars and panels were available to Teaching Artists outside of TATIP and that was made possible by the collaborative efforts of CWP and the following organizations: Arts for All Brooklyn Arts Council Carnegie Hall The Center for Arts Education City Lore DreamYard Project Marquis Studios Maxine Greene Center National Dance Institute Opening Act Teachers & Writers Collaborative Wingspan Arts

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 PlansExecuting a Lesson, Reflection & Assessment, Classroom Management, and Teaching for Social Justice. 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 84 Jose De Diego, Brooklyn
  • PS 316 Elijah Stroud, Brooklyn
  • PS 220 Edward Mandel School
  • IS 126 Albert Shanker School of Visual & Performing Arts

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 Arts for All, The Center for Arts EducationMarquis Studios and Citizen Schools.

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.

A Letter from the TATIP Facilitators:

Dear TATIP Class of 2016-17,

This has been a truly special year with you. Though it has been a challenging year politically in this country, somehow the depth, love and humor you brought to the training helped make that dynamic an endeavor well worth working through. Congratulations! You are now a TATIP Alum.

You have brought your diversity, your honesty, your passion and your heart and soul to this work, validating the importance of learning, and practicing, the craft of teaching. We have watched you grow as artists and educators, and we are so proud to graduate this class.

Thank you for the deep thinking, inquiry and reflection you put into your teaching paths and lesson plans. Thank you for taking personal and artistic risks with us. It made all the difference.

You have shown that you are earnest and eager to carry this work into the world, and we trust that you each will inspire many. The time, integrity, and creativity you have invested throughout the workshops, residencies and seminars have been inspiring. We see you, your talent and beauty, and we know that you will expand and enrich the field of Teaching Artistry.

We wish you joy and peace as you continue to grow. Please keep in touch as you carry your light not only into the Teaching Artist field but out into the world. And never forget: By bringing art into lives that might not otherwise have it, your voice can change the world.

It has been a privilege for us all, being your guides during this process.

With much respect,

Patti, Karla, Scott, Heidi, Katie and the TATIP Cohort

Haikus from TATIP Facilitator Karla Robinson to the graduating class:

The world needs us now!
Dig deep! Play purposefully.
Reflect. Transform. Dream.

Craft space for freedom.
Ask live questions. Listen. Watch;
Growth happens in spurts.

Wonder with great depth.
Interrogate your privilege.
Respect what’s unearthed.

Love whole-heartedly,
even the rude, stinky ones,
and the shy, quiets.

It’s been an honor.
Much love, peace and gratitude.
Keep in touch, Karla

Presenting the 2016-17 TATIP Graduating Class! Click on their names below to find out more about them. Amy Glover Badu Boakye Cheree Alexander Cievel Xicohtencatl Cornell Carelock Courtney Price Emmanuela Soria Ruiz Fumiko Kitada James Bycinthe Jennifer Jones Jessica Mortellaro Kate Ferguson Katy Walker-Mejia Kim Bendheim Kym Boyce Martha O’Connell Mary Chang Maya Workman Meghan Daniels Natalia Durango Niae Knight Rabih Ahmed Rachel Barker-Asto Sari Nordman Stephanie McKay Tanya Gupta Taylor Valentine Tessa Allen Tina Gonzalez Tishawn Gonsalves Valentina Medda Vivian Regueros

The 2016-17 TATIP Anthology was designed by Katie Rainey.