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Teaching Artist Project

Rigorous training and mentoring prepares artists to achieve academic and curricular goals while drawing upon their professional passion.

What is the Teaching Artist Project?

Teaching Artist Project, or TAP, is a collective of diversely experienced arts educators training emerging and working teaching artists who are looking for a supportive community to engage in a self-reflective, justice-oriented learning practice in service of their teaching. The program entails a rigorous, 8-month curriculum, rich in social justice-based pedagogy that also provides supervised on-the-job experience.

TAP supports Community-Word Project’s global mission to facilitate culturally responsive, multidisciplinary art programs for students, teaching artists, and communities to develop and amplify their voices and creative skills. Formerly known as the Teaching Artist Training and Internship Program (TATIP), Teaching Artist Project was the first of its kind and remains today the only comprehensive training program for working Teaching Artists. Teaching Artist Project alums have gone on to serve over 250,000 students throughout the world.

Through the 8-month long Teaching Artist Project training, participants will:

  • Expand teaching through experiential, inquiry and reflection processes
  • Investigate social justice education, pedagogies and philosophies
  • Explore creative processes and critical thinking
  • Implement strategies for classroom management 
  • Acquire and utilize teaching methods for multiple learning types and levels
  • Create collaborative arts lessons
  • Build community with artists, teachers and organizations across New York City
  • And much more!

TAP is shifting its format – responding to the shift in how we gather and the needs of our Teaching Artists Community. Our program will now run from October 2022 to May 2023, in a hybrid format. Some of our community building focused sessions will be in person, live streamed for participants outside of NYC. The remainder of our sessions will be virtual on Zoom. Internships in NYC public schools* will be in person while Fieldwork sessions will be a mix of in person and virtual. Participants outside of NYC will still be able to fully engage in the program, although their participation in the Internship and Fieldwork component will take a different form.

The focus of each session is “what is teaching artistry now?”. This includes, but is not limited to, workshops on virtual learning, power & privilege, facilitation, career development, and internships focused on applicable classroom skills, building a portfolio of work, administrative skills and experience. We will have information about future summer and fall programming available soon.

Information about future summer and fall programming available soon.

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Our graduates have gone on to teach over 250,000 students worldwide in public schools, libraries, community centers, and non-traditional teaching spaces.


Learn mores about the Teaching Artist Project programs – including eligibility, teaching pedagogy, program fees, and scholarships with our FAQs.

TAP 2022

Get the latest information about our upcoming trainings throughout the year, including the next session of Summer Institute and what you can expect from our programs next Fall.


The Wiley Fund provides scholarships for 50-70% of participants in each TAP class, making it possible for many artists to participate in the training who would otherwise not have the opportunity to do so.

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Impact Stories

I would have to say one of my favorite moments today is entering the classroom again. Everyone wants to be in school right now, be together again, and enjoy each other's company.

Kym Boyce-Lazar

Teaching Artist

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I get to work with students on what is present for them in that moment, build their sense of who they are and what they stand for, and help hone their ability to express all of that through language and art.

Libby Mislan

Teaching Artist

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The Teaching Artist field needs more caring, deep-thinking organizations like Community-Word Project! I feel honored to be a part of it. It feeds my soul and helps me grow as a human on planet earth.

Moira-Jo Trachtenberg-Thielking

Teaching Artist

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