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The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is a not for profit advocacy organization in New York State that brings together artists who teach in schools and in the community to: Educate, Collaborate, and Communicate.



ATA Teaching Artist Wish List


The Teaching Artist Wish List


To be compensated in a way that recognizes professionalism, education and experience.


To be compensated for prep time, as other contract professions do (designers and therapists, for example).


To have work throughout the school year, not only the last 8 weeks.


To have teachers, administrators, and principals invest in long-term Arts In Education programs and not look for quick projects. 


To have cultural organizations with Arts In Education programs recognize the professionalism of Teaching Artists and not continually pay the same rate year after year even though the Teaching Artists demonstrate excellence and mastery.


To have cultural organizations value Teaching Artists as integral to their mission and not rationalize that Teaching Artist can pay taxes, health insurance and transportation on less than $50 an hour.


To not have to hustle for funding and residencies every year.


To not be held hostage to flavor of the month pedagogies and emperors with no clothes on.


To be paid in a timely fashion.


To be able to work with teachers enrolled in certification programs in schools of education to foster the team-teaching collaborative environment with artists. There are great strides that need to be taken in teacher education to take advantage of the opportunity of Arts In Education and nourish it in a way that will allow for the optimal educational experience for the students.


To offer professional development to arts administrators who have forgotten the value of art, Teaching Artists, and what really goes into implementing Arts In Education: living wage fees, prep time, research, travel, and opportunities for reasonably priced health, disability, and liability insurance.


To educate cultural organizations and arts administrators with the message that they are there to support the Teaching Artist as well as the school.


To educate cultural organizations that push their programming instead of understanding the potential of Arts In Education for school reform and for the professional career of a Teaching Artist.


To provide professional development for community organizations who work with Teaching Artists on fees, Teaching Artists, program assessment. 


To have funders meaningfully address the training, the lack of work, and how hard it is to earn a living as a Teaching Artist.


To have more connection with fellow Teaching Artists across the country.