NAEA Position Statement on Collaborations between the Art Educator and the Teaching Artist

[Adopted March 2012; Reviewed and Revised March 2015]

A teaching artist is a professional artist who shares his or her expertise and experience with students and faculty. NAEA supports the policy that teaching artists work in close collaboration with a highly qualified certified/licensed art educator who maintains the primary responsibility for classroom learning and assessment.

Partnerships with teaching artists enhance professional development, program development, and/or learning in the arts. The shared expertise of both the highly qualified certified/licensed art educator and teaching artist enriches a comprehensive and sequential Pre K-12 visual arts curriculum.

Art educator/teaching artist collaborations are mutually beneficial and can invigorate and expand creative learning. Art educators, teaching artists, and students form dynamic working relationships that may take place in a variety of settings and/or situations within the classroom or community.

Additional benefits of a partnership between art educators and teaching artists can include:

  • community collaboration and partnerships
  • professional development and reflection for art educators and the larger school faculty
  • insight into visual art as a career for students and educators
  • diverse perspectives and role models for students and art educators
  • in-depth experiences with media and techniques
  • increased visibility of art education in the school and community

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