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Conversations with Nick Rabkin
Principal Investigator, Teaching Artist Research Project,
NORC at University of Chicago

Thursday, November 8, Providence, Rhode Island
Friday, November 9, Cambridge, Massachusetts

We had great turnout and lively discussion at both of these sessions!  If you missed the gatherings or were there and want to re-view Nick's presentation, click the PowerPoint and talk links below. And watch these pages for our New England meeting notes -- we will be asking for your comments and additions to the points raised, and your ideas for action in moving the field of teaching artistry forward.

View and download Nick Rabkin's Power Point Presentation (Slide Share) | Powerpoint Narrative (doc)

Background: NECAP and its local partners, the Rhode Island Foundation and Lesley University, convened gatherings with national researcher and author Nick Rabkin. Nick reviewed and discussed the policy implications and recommendations of his study, the Teaching Artist Research Project (TARP). Boston and Providence were two of the twelve TARP study sites.

 There have been remarkable advances in arts education, both in and out of school, over the last fifteen years, despite a difficult policy environment. Teaching artists, professionals who link the arts to education and community life, are a creative resource behind this innovation. Their work is central to defining the roles the arts play in education, economic development and civic life.

Excellent research has shown that arts education is instrumental to the social, emotional, and cognitive development of young people. But little has been known about teaching artists.

The Teaching Artist Research Project (TARP) deepens our understanding of the world of teaching artists, and these dialogues with Nick Rabkin were designed to help NECAP and our New England teaching artists think about how to make their work more sustainable, more effective, and more meaningful to the region.

Watch for announcements about upcoming NECAP events!