Arts Collaboratory receives $25,000 grant to support employment of teaching artists

By Kari Dickinson

The UW–Madison Community Arts Collaboratory, housed in the School of Education’s office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE), is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Madison Arts Commission through its “Artists at Work” subgrant program.

Erica Halverson

The grant will support providing continuous, part-time employment to three teaching artists as part of the Arts Collaboratory’s effort to professionalize the teaching artist workforce. Specifically, says Erica Halverson, a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, “we aim to support the professional trajectories of teaching artists of color who have been marginalized from this career path and who provide crucial support to youth in Madison who look to these emerging professionals as role models.”

Halverson is the founder and “mayor” of Whoopensocker. This program of the Arts Collaboratory connects an ensemble cast of teaching artists with classrooms to create unique learning experiences through a six-week residency focused on developing students’ creativity, expression, and creative writing,

The Madison Arts Commission designed the “Artists at Work” subgrant opportunity to encourage nonprofit organizations to generate, reinstate, and create arts industry jobs. The grants are made possible by an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

“I am thrilled that the Madison Arts Commission recognizes the importance of supporting teaching artists of color in our schools, and that the Arts Collab can provide a platform for building a sustainable teaching artist workforce from among the already-brilliant and accomplished young artists in Madison,” says Halverson.

Learn more about the Madison Arts Commission’s “Artists at Work” program and grant recipients.

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