OUR MISSION

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.

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What We Do

ADVOCACY

We work with partners at the regional, state, and national levels to advocate for the work of Teaching Artists and to create systems that will further strengthen the professionalization of our field.  One example of this is our Teaching Artist’s Asset Map which is deepening our collective understanding of the field and promoting the valuable and often underrepresented good work being done by Teaching Artists and teaching artistry advocates.


HONORING

We believe that Teaching Artists have the combination of skill, passion, and experience to bring about small and large scale social change.  We honor the work of Teaching Artists by sharing stories of this good work with the broader community.  We are currently developing an event/award in recognition of quality in the field of teaching artistry.

SUPPORT

Our premiere membership program  provides Teaching Artists with the benefits and services you need to do your best work in the world.  Membership benefits include discounts to dental care, vision, and alternative health practitioners, financial planning tools, free and low-cost professional events, and discounts to publications, local businesses and cultural institutions.  We also maintain an active Job Board and Events Calendar and provide unique members-only professional services.


CONVENINGS

We bring Teaching Artists together (both online and in-person) to connect, learn from each other, and deepen our level of engagement with our professional field.  Check out our“Teaching Artists Hangout” on our YouTube channel and Events Calendar to see where you can connect with us next!

Our History

TAG began its life as Teaching Artists Organized (TAO) in 2004 by a group of passionate Teaching Artists and arts educators representing Teaching Artists Hiring Organizations (we call them “TAHO’s”) – California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, Creative Education Institute, Theatre Bay Area, Dancers Group, Community Network for Youth Development. With fiscal sponsorship from Community Initiatives, we began operating as a not-for-profit public benefit advisory group in 2008.

2004
2010

In 2010, Sabrina Klein became TAO’s first ad hoc Executive Director. With the help of Belinda Taylor she established a leadership Executive Committee, including Miko Lee, Jess Mele, Lynn Johnson, Mary Sutton and Dave Maier. This team helped establish TAO as a key player in the Bay Area arts education community.

In 2011, upon Sabrina Klein’s departure, the Executive Committee took over the leadership role. The Committee re-envisioned the organization and began to build a broader coalition and structure.

2011
2012

In 2012, a grant from Aroha Philanthropies (formerly the Michelson Foundation) provided us the opportunity to hire staff to build our organizational goals. In early 2013, we rebranded the organization as Teaching Artists Guild.

In 2014, under the leadership of a new Executive Director, Jean Johnstone, TAG established a National Advisory Committee, and grew to provide services, tools, and community for Teaching Artists across the US.

2014
    • TAG began its life as Teaching Artists Organized (TAO) in 2004 by a group of passionate Teaching Artists and arts educators representing Teaching Artists Hiring Organizations (we call them “TAHO’s”) – California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, Creative Education Institute, Theatre Bay Area, Dancers Group, Community Network for Youth Development. With fiscal sponsorship from Community Initiatives, we began operating as a not-for-profit public benefit advisory group in 2008.
    • In 2010, Sabrina Klein became TAO’s first ad hoc Executive Director. With the help of Belinda Taylor she established a leadership Executive Committee, including Miko Lee, Jess Mele, Lynn Johnson, Mary Sutton and Dave Maier. This team helped establish TAO as a key player in the Bay Area arts education community.
    • In 2011, upon Sabrina Klein’s departure, the Executive Committee took over the leadership role. The Committee re-envisioned the organization and began to build a broader coalition and structure.
    • In 2012, a grant from Aroha Philanthropies (formerly the Michelson Foundation) provided us the opportunity to hire staff to build our organizational goals. In early 2013, we rebranded the organization as Teaching Artists Guild.
    • In 2014, under the leadership of a new Executive Director, Jean Johnstone, TAG established a National Advisory Committee, and grew to provide services, tools, and community for Teaching Artists across the US.