The Art of Being a Teaching Artist – Introduction

“What is a teaching artist?  What’s the difference between a teaching artist and a regular teacher?”  The response to these questions are not easy to answer. There are many different views on who a teaching artist is, and what specifically differentiates teaching artists from certified teachers. Our intern, Dina Doyle, set out on a mission by interviewing TA’s Miguel Cossio, Patricia Runcie, & Gardiner Comfort – all 3 of whom are TA’s for Arts to Grow – to find answers to seemingly simple questions, and got many differing responses.  We will have a series of upcoming blog posts to help answer many frequently asked questions about life as a teaching artist.

MIGUEL COSSIO – Mr. Cossio is a TA in Visual Arts who has worked at the Riverdale Neighborhood House in the Bronx.

PATRICIA RUNCIE – Ms. Runcie is a TA in Theater Arts whose workplaces include IS 171 in Brooklyn and Elysian Charter School in Hoboken.

GARDINER COMFORT – Mr. Comfort is a TA in Theater Arts who has worked at PS 7 in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.

photo credits Sy Abudu and Melissa Lonardo

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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