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Workshops and Professional Development

Every month, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities that aim to address both parts of the teaching artist experience: artmaking and education. These events cover a variety of important topics for teaching artists, from current educational trends to logistical and health concerns, to the ongoing practice of engaging every student in the room.

  • Events marked PLC refer to professional learning communities, which have teaching artists engaging in a given topic in a peer education format.
  • Teaching Artist Studio workshops are a part of a year-long program series of experiential workshops which are also available to the public.
  • All of our professional development is offered without charge to artists on our roster. If cost is a barrier to your participation, email to inquire about our scholarships.
  • Upcoming 2020-21 Workshops

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    Classroom Dynamics: Power, Bias and Microaggressions

    Two Part Workshop

    Monday, December 7 (Pt 1)

    Wednesday, December 16 (Pt 2)

    Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Live-Captioned on Zoom.

    Register by 5pm, December 5. Click here to begin

    Please note you cannot register for the second session without attending the first.

    Part 1- Breaking Down Power and Bias: Participants will discuss power dynamics, reflect on cultural frameworks, scopes of practice, personal experience and historical contexts as it relates to systemic power. We will also analyze mechanisms of whiteness and institutional dominant culture.

    Part 2- Microaggressions and Dynamics in the Classroom: Participants will reflect on commonly occurring racialized dynamics in an arts setting, classroom setting and factors to consider when working as visiting artists or teachers. This is for folks working in K-8, high school and college environments.

    LEADER: Vo Vo, Artist and Radical Educator [Read bio]
    TIME: 10:00am-12:00pm both days
    COST: $20 for General Public ; Offered at no cost to current TA Studio Cohort Artist or to YA Roster.

    If cost is a barrier to your participation, email to inquire about our scholarships.

    Stay tuned – More workshops coming soon!

    Past 2020-21 Workshops

    Friday, November 13

    Panel Discussion: Parents & Caregivers in Distance Learning

    Live-Captioned Zoom Webinar | Teaching Artist Studio Event

    Once again, we’re excited to open up the Teaching Artist Studio to the public! This webinar will feature stories and observations on distance learning from where it happens—the home. These parents and caregivers will speak to their experiences of how distance learning is playing out in the home, the pitfalls and opportunities they notice, and observations of how their kids have been responding—or not responding— to this mode. Our panel is planned to include Jane Payne (psychiatrist; Kids: 9 and 16 yrs old, and college age), Alex Chiu (muralist and painter; Kids: 2 and 6 yrs old), Zapoura Newton-Calvert (PSU faculty / Reading is Resistance; Kids: 9 and 10 yrs old), and Rashelle Chase (KinderCare Education, Mxm Bloc; Kids: 2 1/2 and 7yrs old). We hope that through this discussion, teaching artists can be inspired to find ways to better address realities of distance learning when creating and adapting their own lessons. A brief question and answer period will follow the discussion.

    Friday, October 30

    Panel Discussion: Social Emotional Learning in the Arts Classroom

    Live-Captioned Zoom Webinar | Teaching Artist Studio Event

    We’re excited to open up the Teaching Artist Studio to the public with this webinar about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning. These artists, educators and researchers will speak to their experiences of using this focus in a purposeful way to relate more fully with the whole student, and how their practices address the COVID pandemic, anti-racism, and working in the school system and beyond. Our panel is planned to include: Aaron Nigel Smith (musician, YA teaching artist, 1 World Chorus), Claudia M. Gana (Clinical Social Work Associate, School Counselor, SEL Consultant), Jonathan Hill (cartoonist and illustrator, PNCA, Create More, Fear Less), and Kristina Berdan (Education Director-Baltimore City Initiatives at Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland).

    Monday, October 5 | Wednesday, September 30

    Comfort and Presence On Camera

    Online Workshop

    How does a teaching artist translate their presence in the classroom to an engaging and effective presence online? Are there different tools for pre-recorded videos and for live/interactive online teaching? In this workshop, film producer and actor Ashley Mellinger will offer an introductory guide to success on camera. Participants will receive key points on successfully presenting for video—from setting up your equipment to finding your audience through the lens.

    Wednesday, September 2

    Copyright 102: Music Fair Use & Licensed Use

    Online Workshop

    How can you tell when the use of recorded music in your classroom is appropriate, and when it violates the rights of the creator of that music? Are there guidelines for how musicians in the classroom can utilize or adapt the music of others for educational purposes? How does that intersect with online teaching and the use of platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Zoom, etc.? Music is an everyday part of our lives. It’s only natural for teaching artists to use music as a tool in their teaching. In this workshop, an attorney with Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will talk about the basics of fair use as an aspect of copyright law, and some aspects of licensed use. A brief Q & A session will follow the presentation.

    Please note that this workshop is provided as a non-profit educational tool only, and does not constitute legal advice. The speaker will not provide individual or personalized consultation on these topics.

    2019-20 Workshops

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Copyright Law for Teaching Artists 101

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 – Self Care for Makers and Teachers

    Monday, May 11, 2020 – Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists 201

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Arts and Science: Exploring the Depths of Integration

    Thursday, April 23, 2020 – Limiting Legal Liabilities as a Teaching Artist

    Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Deepening Inquiry: A Questioning Lab

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Friday, January 17, 2020 – Creativity and Core Standards

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – Taxes and Finances for the Independent Contractor

    Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Aligning Activities and Ages

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Sunday, November 24, 2019 – Racial Inequalities in the Arts Classroom and Inclusive Arts Practices

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Monday, November 11, 2019 – Teaching Multilingual Learners

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 – PLC: Optimizing In-School Performances

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 – Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists 101

    The Teaching Artist Studio is a project supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

    This program is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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