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ERIC Number: EJ939785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Teaching Artist Interview: Working with Arts Organizations and Schools
Erickson, Karen
Teaching Artist Journal, v2 n3 p180-185 2004
In an effort to strengthen the authentic connection between theatrical work and classroom curriculum, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta Georgia has taken a new direction in their arts education programming. They now put their Theater for Young People performances and scripts at the center of all their youth-centered outreach work, including teacher training, in-school residencies and after-school programs. Program Director Carol Jones notes that this places a professional production as the central connecting focus between the Teaching Artist's work and the classroom curriculum--trying to keep the TA's work in the classroom focused on the art form and its value to learning within a curriculum context. Within this new focus, artists' responsibilities include addressing state learning standards, as well as providing lesson plans and other documentation designed to fit a set structure and used for assessment, evaluation and further planning. This new focus of the arts organization raises some interesting questions for Teaching Artists involved in such a program. How does working as a representative of an institution with a particular education-focus impact the TA's work or the participants' perceptions of that work? Does the artist find adhering to such standards and frameworks inhibiting? How are policies regarding intellectual property addressed?--to whom does the work belong? Finally, how do such structures compare to work with other public institutions? This article presents an interview with four Teaching Artists working with Alliance Theatre. Encompassing a wide range of experiences and skills, these artists offered some interesting perspectives regarding their work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia