Teaching Artists Guild of California is dedicated to collecting shared knowledge and resources, to establish Teaching Artists as equally valued peers with partners in education, community and social services.

We are the California branch of Teaching Artists Guild, a national organization dedicated to strengthening the field of teaching artististry, in order to create a thriving, sustainable profession, to serve a nation in which the arts are accessible to all.

Formerly Teaching Artists Support Collaborative of California (TASC), we are a network of organizations and individuals who believe that teaching artists can and should play a front-line role in engaging Californians in lifelong learning. We believe every student in California’s schools deserves to engage with all arts disciplines (dance, music, theatre, literary and visual arts) every day as part of a well-rounded, high-quality education. We understand that learning occurs throughout one’s lifespan and we know that the arts are a meaningful tool for all ages in every community to learn, engage and celebrate. Our network includes teaching artists and arts administrators with varying years of experience and expertise representing regional arts organizations, educational settings, and community social service organizations from across the state.

As a strong, well-equipped network of professional teaching artists in California, TAG of CA is picking up TASC’s good work: building public awareness for the value and role of teaching artists in the community, sharing best practices and resources for delivering quality arts education experiences, and advocating for the professional status of teaching artists. Join us!

Updates from CA

News, updates, and perspectives on teaching artistry and arts education from across the state.

Got an update, or want to blog with us? We are always in search of blog submissions that focus on teaching artistry and arts learning from a variety of perspectives. We invite teaching artists, arts administrators, educators, researchers and more to contribute to the ongoing conversation. The field of teaching artistry is continuously growing, and is as diverse as each individual artist. It encompasses many arts forms, teaching methodologies, learning settings and so much more. TAG of CA wants to know your story!

  • Designing Your Own Path: A Year of Professional Development for the California Teaching Artist
  • More Than a Number: The Role of the Arts in Youth Development Programs
  • Featured Blog: Conversations from the Classroom: English Learners Speak the Language of Theatre
  • Featured Blog Want Better Gigs? It's Not About You
  • The Cultural Equity Conversation
  • Artsource Curriculum
  • ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network
  • Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice
  • Artsy Education Tools
  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  • Cultivating Creativity: 27 Interviews from Innovative Educators
  • Common Core State Standards
  • California-specific Common Core Resources
  • California State Content Standards
  • Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Standards for California

California Teaching Artist Resources

TAG of CA is led by an advisory team of arts education leaders from regions throughout CA:

Erika Kraft
Megan Kirkpatrick
Jean Johnstone
Lissa Slay
Nashona Andrade Seals
Sandy Seufert

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Your membership matters! As we build our community, we build our voice and our presence in the conversations about arts, arts learning, the roles of artists in society, and other social and political issues that make a difference in our lives and the lives of those we live and work with. Join our email list, and invite your colleagues–as we grow, we’ll be able to leverage our presence and increase visibility about our contributions to education and community life.

And once you join, please let us here from you! What can we do to be supportive? What services should we consider adding as we grow?