TAT Lab programs are brave spaces that invite all arts educators working in Washington state regardless of race or ethnicity, gender and gender expression, ability/disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or any other identities to be their true selves and respectfully engage in TAT Lab with the health and the growth of the community in mind.

TAT Lab Conversations are free events. Tuition income from TAT Lab Workshops and TAT Lab Core and support from our funders help us offer tuition at a significant reduction to actual cost, sustain our programming, and pay presenters an adequate rate. TAT Lab also strives towards equity and we value participants regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships available.

Clock hours are available through OSPI for all programs at no charge.

Spaces are limited; register early for best availability.

Events

For Us, By Us: a BIPOC Arts Educators Retreat
June 5-6, 2021 from 1:00-4:30pm

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Daemond Arrindell, Carina A. del Rosario and Tamar Krames are so grateful to have gotten through 2020 physically intact, but we three, each in our own way, have felt the strain of the events of the past year, the systemic racism of centuries take their toll on our very beings. We are resolving to dig deeper into our own creative practices to nurture ourselves so we can keep doing the work for our communities. Won’t you join us?

During this two-session virtual retreat for teaching artists and arts educators who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), we will create a brave space for us to learn about each other, share and practice ways for healing through arts, and reflect on our individual and community strengths, needs, and interests as BIPOC arts educators teaching and learning in WA state.

Facilitated by: Daemond Arrindell, Carina A. del Rosario, Tamar Krames

This retreat is for Washington state teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers who self-identify as BIPOC. We welcome all intersectional BIPOC identities, including (but not limited to) African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, mixed race, and white-passing folx who identify as BIPOC and are prepared to honor and explore the nuances of being white-passing in this context. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Sliding scale pricing $20-$40. Scholarships available. Closed captioning available.

Past Events

Circle Up: A Group Discussion for Teaching Artists Working Remotely
April 20, 4:00-5:30pm

Join us in a conversation celebrating the successes and reflecting on the challenges in remote teaching and learning this year. Come together and build community with other arts educators across the state. Let’s strategize ways to apply what we’ve learned as we finish out this year and move into the next. This is an informal gathering – pets, kids, beverages, etc. are welcome on our Zoom screens.

Facilitated by: Daemond Arrindell and Ann Marie Caldwell
Open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Free. Closed captioning available.

Washington State Teaching Artist Listening

Join your fellow Washington state TAs for a virtual gathering, focusing on your needs. This is a moment to reset and reimagine. This session is part of a massive effort spearheaded by the Teaching Artists Guild and the National Guild for Community Arts Education to hear from teaching artists in every locality or community in the nation. This Listening Session will be an open conversation facilitated by Heleya de Barros of the Teaching Artists Guild and Tina LaPadula of TAT Lab to gather information, insight, values, context and new ideas from teaching artists on the ground doing the work. We will offer our resources and encourage all to share their own with the group. The event will be recorded and shared with the Teaching Artist Guild (TAG) as a tool to gain more knowledge and to bring more awareness to the importance of the teaching artist’s work in our communities.

The details:

This session is exclusively for Teaching Artists.
Wednesday, February 10th, 4:00PM – 5:30 PM 
Free admission, advance registration required.
For more information, contact: 206.441.2415 or TATLab@PNB.org

NEW!! TAT Lab Conversations

Join TAT Lab faculty for an open community conversation about arts education and the work of teaching artists and teachers who identify as artists in Washington state at this unique (and very digital) moment in time. This is an informal gathering designed to spark conversation, share strategies with peers, and think together moving forward as a community.

Open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Free.

Idea Exchange for Remote Teaching & Learning
October 19 from 4:30-6:00pm

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Facilitated by: Lauren Appel, Daemond Arrindell, Shannon Barnes, Janet Hayakawa

Creative Strategies for Resilience
November 10 from 4:30-6:00pm

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Facilitated by: Carina A. del Rosario, Tamar Krames, Tina LaPadula

NEW!! TAT Lab Workshops

Join TAT Lab faculty for 2-day workshops exploring urgent topics in arts education through experiential arts-based learning.   

Seeing and Supporting Whole Students: Social Emotional Learning & the Arts
November 16 and 17 from 4:00-6:30pm

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Facilitated by: Lauren Appel and Shannon Barnes

Arts educators across the state and in all disciplines are working to support student development of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for these challenging days and beyond. Join us to explore foundational structures used in schools and after-school programs for K-12 SEL supportive teaching. Learn and skill-share with colleagues, across settings, with a lens towards trauma-informed and anti-racist practices and engagement for remote learning. We’ll include opportunities to apply and integrate SEL into your own practice.

Open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Sliding scale pricing $20-$40. Scholarships available.

Ideas to Action: Anti-Racist & Culturally Responsive Practices in Arts Education
December 2 and 9 from 4:00-6:30pm

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Facilitated by: Carina A. del Rosario, Janet Hayakawa, Tina LaPadula

Many arts educators across the state and in all disciplines are working to better understand the nuances of anti-racist and culturally responsive practices in our field. Join us to explore both the historical context of white supremacy within arts/education/arts education and strategies to disrupt this system. This workshop will support a deepening understanding of principles pertaining to anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching practices and will invite and guide participants to reflect and implement actionable strategies into their own practices.

Open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Sliding scale pricing $20-$40. Scholarships available.

For Us, By Us: a BIPOC Arts Educators Retreat
January 30 and 31, 2021 from 1:00-4:00pm

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Facilitated by: Daemond Arrindell, Carina A. del Rosario, Tamar Krames

Do you identify as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) teaching artist or arts educator in Washington state? Join us as we build a community of BIPOC artists across the state who work and teach in a variety of art forms and settings. Gain an intimate and intentional net of support for the work ahead in a BIPOC-centered teaching and learning arts space.

This retreat is for Washington state teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers who self-identify as BIPOC. We welcome all intersectional BIPOC identities, including (but not limited to) African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, mixed race, and white-passing folx who identify as BIPOC and are prepared to honor and explore the nuances of being white-passing in this context. No previous TAT Lab experience required and TAT Lab Alumni are also welcome. Sliding scale pricing $20-$40. Scholarships available.

Are you white-identified and interested in talking about anti-racist work in arts education? Skip this workshop and consider signing up for “Ideas to Action: Anti-Racist and Culturally Responsive Practices in Arts Education.”

TAT Lab Core Program

Are you a teaching artist or arts educator interested in deepening your skills and practice to provide effective arts-based education? The TAT Lab Core program is a 6-month professional development learning community that is based on the philosophy that reflective practice and thoughtful planning are essential to effective educational experiences. TAT Lab Core curriculum includes foundational concepts that support good teaching practice including: instructional design & assessment and creating brave and inclusive learning spaces for all students through a racial justice and culturally responsive lens. Participants benefit from ongoing learning, individualized coaching from faculty teaching artists, connections to statewide networks, and peer learning and reflection. Learn alongside peers working in various settings and artistic disciplines and in all regions of Washington state.

6 sessions; starts January 13 and then runs the 1st Wednesday of the month February-June from 4:00-7:00pm; June session 4:00-8:00pm. An additional 1-3 hours/month of independent work required between scheduled sessions.

Dates: January 13; February 3; March 3; April 7; May 5; June 2

More Info

Open to arts educators, teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state working in all artistic disciplines. Tuition: $350. Scholarships available.

Support

TAT Lab is produced by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Jubilation Foundation, and 4Culture.

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