“If teaching artist work is but a dimension of arts practice, then it should be as inventive and idiosyncratic as art-making.” This is a quote taken from the Teaching Artist Handbook, vol. 1: Tools, Techniques and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach (University of Chicago Press). Nick Jaffe and Becca Barniskis, co-authors of the book, will lead a day-long workshop for Tennessee teaching artists on Wednesday, June 8th from 8:00-4:30 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

This workshop is designed to provide new and veteran artists with strategies to improve their work as educators, but will do so in a way that recognizes the unique and valuable role professional artists play in arts education. The workshop will explore such questions as: What will I teach?How will I teach?, and Is my teaching working? and will draw on the expertise and experience of those in attendance.

The registration fee for the one-day teaching artist workshop is $50 which includes breakfast and lunch. Participants may choose to attend the entire Collective Impact Conference for a registration fee of $149 which also includes participation in the teaching artist workshop.

Teaching Artist Training Schedule

Wednesday, June 8th

8:00-9:00 – Breakfast

9:00-10:15 – Part 1: What Will I Teach?

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-11:50 – Part 2: How Will I Teach?

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-2:15 – Part 3: Is My Teaching Working?

2:15-2:30 – Break

2:30-4:00 – Part 4: Who, What, How, Why and Where?

4:00-4:30 – Reflection


Summer Arts Jam

5:00-9:00 – City Plaza Arts Fair & Dine Arounds – Optional

7:00-10:00 – City Plaza Concert – Optional





BarniskisBecca Barniskis is a poet who has published her work in many journals, and she has a chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket. She performs regularly as part of the bands Downrange Telemetrics and Pancake7. Becca also teaches and works as a freelance writer and consultant in arts education for a range of schools and arts organizations across the upper Midwest and around the US. She co-wrote the Teaching Artist Handbook, vol. 1: Tools, Techniques and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach (University of Chicago Press) and was an associate editor at the Teaching Artist Journal for many years.



JaffeNick Jaffe is a guitarist who has performed with such artists as Common, Estelle and Ice Cube, and recorded across a wide range of genres from soul and rock to free improvisational projects. As a teaching artist his focus has been on setting up student-run recording studios in public schools. Nick is a co-author of The Teaching Artist Handbook (University of Chicago Press) and former Chief Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal.

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