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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

    Thursday, January 28

    Tax Basics for Independent Contractor Artists

    Online Workshop

    Registration for this workshop is now closed.

    Photo of money, calculator, notepad and pen

    It’s been a year with a lot of flux… and stimulus awards, unemployment wages, emergency grants, and more. What’s taxable? What kinds of forms or records should I keep? Are expenses a thing?

    There will be questions, and we invite you to bring them! Michael Davidson and Carol Wild will discuss tax law for both the freelance and W2 employee creative professional. Although they will NOT address tax issues relating to a specific individual’s personal tax return, it’s really helpful to bring your tax questions that have application to the audience at large.

    TIME: 2:00-3:30pm
    COST: $10 for General Public; Offered at no cost to artists on YA Roster.

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

    Michael Davidson is an Enrolled Agent licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service since late in the last century. Prior to that, he was a New York lighting designer and Rock and Roll Roadie. After a bout with bankruptcy when he was a promoter of live stage attractions, he founded A & E Tax Service to service the entertainment and creative professional. He sold the practice several years ago but still maintains a small practice for those clients with particularly interesting and unique tax problems.

    Carol Wild is also an Enrolled Agent, has worked for years with VITA (a federally funded low-income tax clinic), and also in the Trust Department of U S Bank. Later she joined A & E for 5 years—leaving to develop her own private practice to cater to trust and estate clients as well as the creative professional.

    Tuesday, February 9

    Focusing on Inquiry in the Classroom

    Online Workshop. A Teaching Artist Studio event.

    Register by 5pm February 5. Click here to begin.

    How can teaching artists help students own their learning? What kinds of questions lead to rich observations and ideas and strengthen metacognitive skills? How can we use questioning to help students best encounter and discuss works from masters and from fellow students?

    In this workshop, we will use works of art to explore ways to structure open questions that build student engagement, provoke meaningful inquiry, and assess for understanding. Participants will learn questioning strategies and will have an opportunity to put them into practice in live time with other teaching artists. A short break will be included in the schedule.

    TIME: 4:00-6:30pm
    COST: $10 for General Public; Offered at no cost to artists on YA Roster and members of this year’s TA Studio cohort.

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

    Workshop Leader:
    Tony Fuemmeler is a teaching artist in the visual and performing arts with 20 years of experience working in classrooms, after school programs, summer camps, and universities. He is a cofounder of the Teaching Artist Studio and also the Professional Development Specialist at Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington.

    Past 2020-21 Workshops

    Monday, December 7 (Pt 1) | Wednesday, December 16 (Pt 2)

    Classroom Dynamics: Power, Bias and Microaggressions

    Live-Captioned on Zoom | Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    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. Led by Vo Vo, Artist and Radical Educator.

    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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