For Teaching Artists
A central focus of CCAP’s work is to develop and promote the practice of the teaching artist.* Over the last few years, Columbia College and CCAP have earned a national reputation as an incubator and innovator in the field. CCAP works to improve the capacity and practice of teaching artists to provide deeper, more meaningful learning opportunities for their students.
*“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.” – Eric Booth
Impact on the Field
- CCAP promotes the teaching artist field at Columbia College Chicago by providing learning opportunities for Columbia College students interested in arts-based learning. In 2007, we began offering a CCAP-led Teaching Artist in the Classroom course. The sustained high interest in the course led to the creation of a new Teaching Artist minor in the Department of Education’s Early Childhood program.
- CCAP also provides training and professional development for working teaching artists. In addition to extensive professional development to over 150 teaching artists working in CCAP programs each year, CCAP also offers the Teaching Artist Development Studio (TAD Studio). Launched in 2011, TAD Studio is the first city-wide stand-alone professional development program for new and mid-career teaching artists working in Chicago Public Schools. Through 40+ hours of hands-on training, teaching artists strengthen foundational skills in effective teaching in and through the arts.