2005 Association of Teaching Artistsí Teaching Artist
Distinguished Service to The Arts In Education Field Award
honors Sherry Robbins. The Award was created in 2002 to
honor individual artist educators who not only pioneered
the Arts In Education Field, but who also continue to
define the best of what it means to be a Teaching Artist.
This award is the first in the nation to recognize artist
educators for service to the Arts In Education field.
Sherry Robbins is a poet, Teaching Artist, and
free-lance writer. She has conducted creative writing
workshops throughout New York State and abroad since 1977.
Sherry Robbins is the Western New York coordinator for
Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools (ALPS), the
resident writer at Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of
Western New York, and the project coordinator and Teaching
Artist for several long-term Empire State Partnership
residencies. She is currently an Arts in Education
consultant for the University of Coimbra in Portugal and
for Portugalís Belgais Center for the Study of Arts.
Sherry Robbins has published two books of poetry,
Snapshots of Paradise and Or, the Whale, as well as dozens
of poems published in literary journals and anthologies
here and in Spain and Portugal. She was the 1982 recipient
of a New York State Creative Artist Public Service Award.
She has just finished a book, The Accidental Poet, written
with fellow Teaching Artist Susan Hannen, of one hundred
creative writing exercises. The bi-lingual edition of The
Accidental Poet is being published in Portugal this year.
Before 2005 year is over, she will have her M.A. in the
poetics of ecstasy, and her yoga teaching certification.
Click here to read Sherry Robbins Acceptance Speech