“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