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Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester

Professional development series for emerging and advanced teaching artists to expand their teaching practice and connect with a community of artists

Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, part of this institute will be facilitated virtually. See application for full details.

About the Institute

The Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester (TAIR) is a professional development series for emerging and advanced teaching artists to expand their teaching practice and connect with a community of artists. This institute is open to artists of all disciplines, including but not limited to creative writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, multi-media artists, and theater artists living in or near the city of Rochester, NY.

With funding thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts, Community-Word Project’s Teaching Artist Project staff have created this training in partnership with arts community members from the Rochester area. TAIR’s curriculum is based on Community-Word Project’s Creative Process exploration methods, teaching practices and arts-in-education philosophy developed over the last 23 years. The training is free for teaching artists and will run September-December of 2022. 

For this year’s training, there are two tracks applicants may choose to apply for: Teaching Artistry 101 & Leadership in Teaching Artistry. The deadline to apply this year is currently closed. 

Teaching Artistry 101

This track is for emerging teaching artists or artists who wish to become a teaching artist. Applicants do not need to have any prior experience teaching in order to participate. This year, the Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester (TAIR) will accept twenty participants for the program. Accepted participants will receive a small stipend for their participation. In this track, participants will:

  • Build a community of teaching artists to collaborate with
  • Participate in self-exploration of their craft and how that translates into the classroom
  • Learn to scaffold and develop lesson plans and curriculums to implement in their classrooms
  • Develop strong classroom facilitation skills 
  • Deepen their teaching with experiential, inquiry and reflection processes
  • Investigate techniques for project-based arts integration
  • Build new strategies for creating a positive classroom culture

Leadership in Teaching Artistry

This track is for teaching artists of all disciplines with at least 3+ years of experience teaching in a classroom. In this track, participants will:

  • Develop leadership skills by working with the arts education community in Rochester
  • Help build and sustain the teaching artist community in Rochester
  • Deepen their teaching practice by mentoring newer artists in the classroom

This year, the Teaching Artist Institute of Rochester will accept four fellows to work with TAP facilitators and arts education leaders in Rochester to further develop their leadership and mentoring skills in order to expand the teaching artist community in Rochester. Fellows will be responsible for the following, which amounts to approximately 15-20 hours of work between September-December. Accepted participants will receive a stipend for their participation.

Questions? Contact the TAP Team at tap@communitywordproject.org. See the overview for a complete list of dates and details. 

The program gave me so many skills to bring into my classroom and I felt it made me a greater asset to my students. I felt very confident in my ability to develop and reach students further and place more Justice or items learning in my lessons.

Alexis Robinson

TAIR 2021-2022

I felt reassured that I have been taking the proper steps towards my creative process and teaching.

Jessica Pereyra

TAIR 2022-2023

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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Are you an emerging or advanced Teaching Artists in the Rochester, NY area? Do you want to expand your teaching practice and connect with a community of artists? Apply today.