The Teaching Artist’s Asset Map

TAG is building a CA pilot of a data collection effort: an asset map of arts education. Built to complement the current efforts of the Arts Education Data Project, which pulls the information currently collected by the CA Department of Education, it will show where and how arts education is happening in the K-12 school system, and by whom. Currently, the arts instruction, experiences, and integration provided by arts and culture organizations and teaching artists, although large in scope, is not collected by any one body. The data we propose to capture, aligned with current regional initiatives, will further enhance our collective understanding of whether and how the arts are being provided equitably to all students.

Accessible via the web to anyone, this multi-layered map will be able to house a large amount of information sorted by search terms and categories, and can encompass a range of assets, from large institutions to individual members and their expertise and practice. Viewable as a literal map, searchable by area, asset-type, or other category, we aim to make this a comprehensive database that displays current information and archives historical data; a rich resource for the entire arts education field, supporting efforts to advance arts education across the state.

Who will use this map, and how?

  • Determine which populations are being served, how they are served, and to what extent.
  • Study equity and access of arts education partnerships.
  • Download data into Excel files for easy analysis in statistical software.
  • Use data to make strategic choices about partnerships
  • Use data to illustrate compliance with State Standards for Arts Education
  • Keep track of programs being run historically, or across a region
  • Search for teaching artists by program experience (e.g., after school/in-school, Title 1/Private school), population type, etc.
  • Identify potential partners
  • Identify program recipients
    • Who is already partnering with organizations/teaching artists and may be interested in additional partnerships?
    • Who is not currently benefiting from arts partnerships?
  • Search hiring agencies by discipline, program type, populations, and locations served
  • Produce a compelling visual history of their teaching artistry work to use as a promotional tool
  • Create a teaching artist profile that that can link to their professional website

Early History

TAG began the early development of the Map in 2014, with a coalition of teaching artists, educators, and arts advocates from all over the United States, working together to develop the initial concepts and determine what kind of data to collect. In 2015-16 with the help of Aroha Philanthropies, TAG hired a research consultant for phase one research and development.


  • Alameda County Office of Education

  • Arts for All

  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation


Interested in joining us?

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Map Funders

  • Aroha Philanthropies


    The Walter and Elise Haas Fund

  • The Stuart Foundation