Jeff Mather (USA)
Jeff’s Think Tank will focus on empowering Teaching Artists to become leaders in creating cross-disciplinary STEAM partnerships.
Jeff’s Think Tank session will be participatory and collaborative, with participants reflecting on their own partnership experiences, creating ‘action steps’ and taking part in peer responses. The goal for this session is to empower more TAs around the world to take the lead in creating new, innovative partnerships which can enhance their work, and to advance the presence and effectiveness of STEAM programs.
The follow-up working group will be invited to join together and consider the following:
Historically, Teaching Artists have been expected to wait for educators and administrators to initiate partnerships and residencies with their goals established. But as professional creatives we can "flip" this arrangement to create more powerful and innovative projects and programs. Like a theater set designer designing a set before there is a script. What happens when Teaching Artists "go first" and convene a meeting of potential stakeholders, and allow the sparks to fly?
This working group will pilot, document and report back the ways in which Teaching Artists can become leaders in establishing unusual or unconventional partnerships. What worked? What didn’t? How can others do the same?
The format of the culminating resource will depend on the group’s preference, but it will be made freely available online via the ITAC website with a view toward encouraging more TAs to be bold in their approaches to cross-disciplinary work.