Powering Connections, Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016: October 1, 2015-September 03, 2016

How do you connect? Start with those closest to you—those with whom you share common values or a cultural history. Now expand the circle to those who are trying to achieve the same goals: maybe a friend-of-a-friend or someone whose culture or geography overlaps with yours. Then expand the circle again to people who are allies or could be allies if you could make the case for common interests and long-term benefits.

At the Bartol Foundation, the heart of our work lies in connections. We can only achieve our mission through the work of others. We engage with artists and organizations who themselves are connecting to communities and who share a common vision to bring access to meaningful arts experiences. We look beyond the city of Philadelphia to connect our artists and organizations to others nationally to learn and share our own stories. We engage with partners who share our goals even if they don’t work directly in the arts, but can see its value for advancing their own mission. 

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Got a minute? Watch a teaching artist tip!

Bartol Foundation launches National Teaching Artist Video Library

Imagine this: You are waiting for the bus on the way to teaching a residency, wracking your brain for a new icebreaker or wondering what exactly is that “common core” that everyone keeps talking about. The answers are a minute away (which is much quicker than a Philly bus these days!).

As part of the Bartol Foundation’s work to support teaching artists, we are creating the National Teaching Artist Video Library of one-minute teaching artist tips, a crowd-sourced resource by teaching artists for teaching artists.  Our videos include:

  • “How-to” videos: One-minute tips you can use in your classroom now
  • “What is…” videos:  A glossary of common phrases in education, child development, and other areas that teaching artists should know

This month’s videos:

Watch one now!

NOW WE NEED YOU! There are more videos to come but we need yours. Do you have quick, helpful gems for your fellow teaching artists?  What is your best teaching artist tip?

Join the movement! Share your knowledge. Learn practical tips in return. SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO HERE.

Want to make sure you get all of Bartol’s resources?  Be sure to join us on social media. You can find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and at our blog.

Teaching Artist Survey Results: Who You Are. What You Do.

Congratulations to Theatre/Teaching Artist Nikki Battestilli and Photographer/Teaching Artist Nissi (yes, Nikki and Nissi) who each won a $50 gift card through the Teaching Artist Summer Survey Raffle!

Thank you to the 100+ teaching artists who took the time to participate in this summer’s survey. Your responses help us plan our fall programs and learn more about the teaching artist community.  Keeping in mind that we have 1500 emails on our teaching artist list, this is probably a decent (if not scientific) sample of where, how and for whom you work.

Is this your teaching artist experience in the past year?

  • You work in Philadelphia public schools (51%); other schools (55%); cultural organizations (52%); and other kinds of non-profits organizations (57%).  Watch for an upcoming workshop on building strong programs with non-arts partners.
  • Your audiences cover the spectrum from pre-schoolers (32%) to K-12 (74%) to young adults/adults (45%).  Only 27% have worked with senior adults, a growing demographic.  Watch for an upcoming program on the growing field of creative aging and arts with older adults.
  • The most popular types of services you are providing are multiple-visit programs in schools (65%) and multiple programs with non-arts organizations.  Watch for an upcoming program on lesson planning.
  • A large majority (63%) have secured work on their own in the past year. Watch for our returning series, “Marketing Yourself as a Teaching Artist.”
  • Your favorite social media are Facebook and YouTube.  Make sure to like our Facebook page to get the most current information on workshops and news.  And stay tuned for a new video series of “One-Minute How-To Tips for Teaching Artists.”

Based on the responses from the teaching artists who were kind enough to list everywhere they have worked, we determined that this small sample went far: it reached 95 different community organizations and 69 different schools. Multiply this by the hundreds of teaching artists who are doing this work and your impact is enormous!  Thank you for all you do.

Next on the blog:  More on our fall programs!

Looking Back, Moving Forward Annual Report 2015

In its fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014-September 03, 2015), the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation supported arts and culture in Philadelphia through grants, programs and advocacy. The Foundation maintained its focus on in-depth arts education and community-based arts programs, while investigating new ways to engage with cultural organizations, artists and the broader community. To learn more, click Annual Report 2015.