In Praise of Teaching Artists
Bartol’s 2017 TA Survey (Part I)
I am grateful every day for teaching artists.
At the Bartol Foundation, our mission is to get the best arts education to as many people in Philadelphia as possible. In schools. At senior centers. In prisons or shelters. Art, everywhere.
The only way we can accomplish this is through teaching artists—those of you who work for cultural organizations and those who are making their own opportunities to share their talents as artists, teachers, activists, neighbors and citizens. Teaching artists who engage with people and make art in every form imaginable. Every day.
Each year, we survey teaching artists to find out who you are, where you work and what you need from us to do your work better. Thanks to the 150+ Philadelphia-area teaching artists who participated. From this survey, we design our free professional development programs.
The Five Top Things We Learned About Teaching Artists This Summer
- You teach people of all ages. While the vast majority (75%) of you are teaching K-12, a smaller group is teaching everyone from pre-schoolers ((27%) to seniors (23%.)
- You teach in all kinds of places. While 65% of you are doing multiple-visit programs at schools, 40% are doing multiple-visit programs at cultural organizations and another 40% are doing multi-visit programs at other nonprofits that are not cultural organizations.
- You are entrepreneurs. More than half of you are securing work on your own. You also work for cultural organizations as an employee (36%) and as a contractor (51%).
- You want to keep learning. Three-quarters of you participated in professional development opportunities in the past year (about 40% through Bartol’s Teaching Artists Workshops).
- You connect! Of the approximately 50 survey respondents who painstakingly told us where they worked last year, you worked for almost 100 organizations and in 80+ schools from Adair to West Philadelphia High School. Multiply that by almost 2000 people on our teaching artist list and your impact is extraordinary!
We are in praise of teaching artists. We want to help you do your work better and smarter. Stay tuned for our fall workshops, which are coming soon!