Teaching Artists and the Future of Education

February 15, 2012 - 6:15pm to 9:00pm

Film Row, Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

Teaching Artists, hybrid professionals who link the arts to education and community life, are redefining the roles that the arts can play in public education. Who are teaching artists? Where and how do they work? What new strategies might they offer to help ailing public schools? And how can schools become generative sites of creative growth for artists, teachers and students?

A new national study of teaching artists shows that their work in schools is already providing answers to these questions. Join us for the first Chicago presentation of the Teaching Artist Research Project, a study of teaching artists and their work in a dozen cities, including Chicago.

Nick Rabkin is a research affiliate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, and the principal investigator of the Teaching Artist Research Project at NORC at the University of Chicago. He teaches cultural policy at Columbia College Chicago.

Jessica Hudson, Independent Performance Artist/Teaching Artist
Cecil McDonald, Jr., Photographer/Teaching Artist, Columbia College Chicago
Mario Rossero, Director of the Office of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, The Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education, University of Chicago

Reception will follow program.

This forum is presented by the Teaching Artist Development (TAD) Studio at CCAP. For more information about TAD Studio, go to colum.edu/tadstudio. Funding for this colloquium was made possible by support from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Cultural Policy Center, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by: Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago; the Cultural Policy Center, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and NORC at the University of Chicago; and Ingenuity, Inc.