Foundation / Corporation
New Sun Rising and The Heinz Endowments
08/19/18 11:59 PM
Awards of $5,000 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania teaching artists who are providing transformative arts experiences for youth in distressed and African American communities. The goal of this program is to promote justice in Pittsburgh by strengthening the field of art education and honoring those who have a demonstrated practice of challenging structural inequities.
Transformative Teaching Artist Award Program Description
The Transformative Teaching Artist Awards recognize that quality teaching artists should be recognized for the important work they do in Pittsburgh’s African American and “distressed” communities. Teaching artists play critical roles in the lives of the youth they serve, providing not only artistic skill building, but caring, support and mentorship. Yet those teaching artists who have chosen this as their life’s work face great challenges in building teaching artist careers. Most teaching artists are underpaid and under recognized; the delivery system for teaching artist instruction is fragmented; and arts instruction is often not assigned a high priority in public or out of school time programs.
The Transformative Teaching Artist Awards have been created to add another validation, strengthened networking and increased visibility for the artists who choose to do this work amazingly well. It is the Endowment’s hope that these recognition awards can play a part in acknowledging teaching artistry designed to play a transformative role in the lives of youth living in African American, Black, and “distressed” neighborhoods, as an important and recognized profession. The Transformative Teaching Artist Awards program will provide ten teaching artists in the field with a cash award. The awards are recognition awards which may be used in any way the recipient deems fit.
-Recipients have an increased sense of being appreciated and confidence in their work as a teaching artist.
-Recipients will join the TAP network and build relationships with colleagues they did not know and strengthen their own practice in the process.
-Local media will feature the work of recipients and highlight the importance of teaching art & culture in African American and “distressed” neighborhoods.
The decision making process for this program will feature two components. In the first award component, the 10 strongest applicants will be chosen by a local peer panel. Each recipient will receive an award of $5,000 in recognition of their work as a teaching artist.
The criteria the panel will use for selection follows:
-Love: Emanate love and dedication for children and have the ability to build relationships beyond the artistic training components.
-Merit: Practice art, have engaging and effective teaching styles that reach students across diverse developmental levels, stimulate quality student work, possess a strong understanding of learning standards in the arts, and have substantial experience working in school classrooms or in out of school time programming.
-Justice: Help youth deconstruct issues of oppression in ways that empower and enable them to avoid many of the traps of Black/African American and “distressed” neighborhoods.
-Preparation and Adaptability: Demonstrate professionalism, including the ability to plan with others, articulate goals and objectives, and adapt to varying student populations and school environments.
In the second component, awardees themselves will be asked to participate in a day of celebration and learning. Each awardee will demonstrate their work and all participants will engage in the activity chosen for the day by the awardee. The goals of this part of the process are to strengthen the relationships among the cohort by facilitating their learning more about one another’s work, and to strengthen the work of the teaching artist through the process of critical review from their colleagues. Awardees will receive an additional $500 award for their participation.
GrantWatch ID#: 183988
Each recipient will receive a cash award of $5,000. Awardees have the option to receive an additional $500 for participation in a day of celebration and learning.
USA: Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh