Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center are pleased to present the 1st annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit. Taking place at the Art Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Teaching Artists Summit is a day-long convening bringing together teaching artists across the city for professional development and community-building around critical issues in teaching artistry today.
Hyde Park Art Center’s Executive Director, Kate Lorenz, and Chicago Artists Coalition’s Executive Director, Caroline Older, are excited to embark on this new partnership, which furthers both organizations’ shared mission to support the growth of professional development opportunities for Chicago artists.
With an overarching focus on strengthening the relationship between creative practice and teaching practice, the Teaching Artist Summit will feature a keynote talk by College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award recipient Sabina Ott. Ott, whose site-specific solo exhibition who cares for the sky? will be on view at the Art Center February 21 – May 1, 2016, is an artist, teacher, administrator, and founder of the exhibition space Terrain based in Oak Park.
In addition, the Summit will also host artist-led micro-workshops covering practical and philosophical issues in teaching artistry and an interactive curriculum slam. Workshop artist-facilitators include: multidisciplinary artist/educator/arts organizer/curator Sara Black, new media artist/educator/organizer Nick Briz, artist and curriculum specialist Rachel Harper, along with additional presenters that will be announced shortly.
The Summit is co-organized by Chicago Artists Coalition’s Education Manager, Penny Duff, and the Art Center’s School & Studio Manager, Jeannette Tremblay. They are thrilled that their year-long collaboration in developing the Summit creates new opportunities for teaching artists working in all disciplines throughout the city to come together for a day of inspiration, practical advice, and community building. Building off the work already being done by organizations across the city to foster the professional development of teaching artists, Tremblay and Duff hope that the Summit will provide a unique opportunity for cross-pollination among both teaching artists and arts administrators.
Teaching Artists Summit is open to practitioners from all disciplines, geographic areas, and age groups looking to inspire lively and meaningful dialogue with practical implications in the classroom and studio.
Teaching artists interested in participating in the Summit must complete an online application by March 10, 2016. More information and a link to apply can be found here.