TATIP Anthology


Badu Boakye, Visual Artist

Badu Boakye was born in Ghana West Africa. He came to the United States at a very young age. He, along with his two siblings John and Mable, was brought here in hopes of a better life, future and primarily education. Over the summer before starting school for the first time in this country, his great uncle took them around the city and they visited many well-known places. One of the places they visited that stood out to Badu was the Museum of Modern Art. Badu’s older cousin, whom he lived with, was very much into art at the time and, after a while, Badu began to doodle and sketch, somedays along with his cousin. He lived in a large household making it nearly impossible to ever get personal time to be creative. However, Badu took this passion for drawing with him to school at PS/MS 279. He believes this school helped begin his exposure to the world of artistry.


Since joining TATIP, Badu has received a lot of insight on what it means to be a teacher. Previously to joining this program, he wasn’t sure and believed that he was limited in helping educate kids and others. Badu gained hands-on experience in the classroom, working with Mary Cinadr and Scott Lilly, both very helpful and experienced in what they do. During his time in the class, he’s learned it’s important to not only allow students to be flexible in their given assignments, but to be flexible yourself as a Teaching Artist. 

“Discipline and patience is necessary for anyone who plans ahead” -Badu

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires “ – William A. Ward

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Check out Badu’s Lesson Plan he created with his partner Tessa Allen. 

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