Friday, September 25, 2009

A Message from Dale Davis

From ATA Executive Director, Dale Davis:

Our numbers on the listserv continue to grow!

(There are also 524 ATA members on Facebook.)

The Survey

Thank you to Fractured Atlas, Teaching Artists Organized (Bay Area California), Chicago Teaching Artists Collective, and Young Audiences of Western New York for helping ATA spread the word about our national Teaching Artists and Their Work Survey accessed at

If you have not completed the survey yet, please! We, also, continue to need your help with distribution of the survey. We would like to see it distributed nationally to reach as many Teaching Artists as possible. ATA's focus in this survey is Teaching Artists' experiential knowledge. We ask you to share your knowledge, your stories, and what your experience as a Teaching Artist has taught you. Thank you.

National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), a coast-to- coast collective celebration of culture in America. It is held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts. It is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives. New York State Senator José M. Serrano recently introduced a resolution in the New York State Senate designating October as Arts Education Month.

And as part of the Arts and Humanities Month and October as Arts Education Month, ATA is celebrating those New York State and national arts and culture organizations who provide Teaching Artists with good incomes from steady work, who always put the Teaching Artist first, who honor Teaching Artists' schedules and skills, who offer competitive wages, who are always looking for new opportunities for work for Teaching Artists, and who provide professional development. ATA is asking Teaching Artists to help us celebrate the importance of arts and cultural organizations in our lives!

We will be posting the arts and cultural organizations you want to celebrate on during October!

Please e-mail me the arts and cultural organization you want to celebrate. Please include the name of the organization, location, a bit about the organization, your reasons, the url, and a photo of the Executive Director or an organizational photo you would like to have included.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, help us get the survey out, and recognize the wonderful organizations who make the world a better place for Teaching Artists!


Dale Davis
Executive Director
The Association of Teaching Artists

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