Teaching Artist Fellowship

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"Watching those kids on the stage was like catching lightning in a bucket."
~Audience Member at Appalachian Roots: Call & Response with Carol Ponder and DCP students. Dec 8, 2007

Montalvo Arts Center's Teaching Artist Fellowship is the first national award of its kind dedicated to professionals in the teaching artist field. A joint initiative between Montalvo's Education Department and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs, the fellowship provides a four-month residency at the Lucas Artists Programs and partnership with a local secondary school and university for curriculum development.

Teaching artists are professional artists who have also developed the ability as educators to effectively draw people into the arts and artistic engagement. Teaching artists are relied upon in organizations including schools, arts institutions, senior centers, juvenile justice and corporate programs, to engage audiences, incite active arts participation, and promote a thoughtful, critical review of our world. The teaching artist field has rapidly grown in the last two decades as their skills become progressively more important in a world where creativity is increasingly associated with productivity.

Since 2007, outstanding teaching artists from across the country have had the opportunity to come to Montalvo for a residency spot of three to four months. Two Teaching Artist Fellowships per year are awarded: a Fall residency (approximately September – December) and a Spring residency (approx February – May). While in residence at Montalvo, selected fellows divide their time between the Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo’s education program and their partnership with a local high school:

As a fellow at the Lucas Artists Programs, the Teaching Artist Fellow has the time and space to focus on their individual creative work and to collaborate with other artists in the international residency program on their teaching artistry.

Fellows contribute to Montalvo's education program in a variety of ways including collaborating with other arts programs to deepen patrons’ personal engagement with performing, visual, or literary arts events.

And perhaps most significantly, working with a partnering high school, the Teaching Artist Fellow works in the school and leads the creation of the new Artist As Example curriculum that focuses on the use of artists in the classroom to inspire lifelong commitment to creative practice and observation.

Fellowship winners were selected from more than 100 applicants by a jury of distinguished leaders in the arts education world. Announced in October 2006, the initial four Fellowship recipients are:

    • Fall 2007: Carol Ponder
    • Spring 2008: Nilea Rohrer-Parvin
    • Fall 2008: Daniel A. Kelin II
    • Spring 2009: Sophia L. Torres 

Teaching Artist Fellowship Selection Committee

  • Roberto Bedoya. Writer and arts consultant in cultural policy and support systems for artists.
  • Ed Bilous. Chairman of the Literature and Materials Dept. at Juilliard. Composer. Teaching artist.
  • Deborah Brzoska. Arts education specialist. Former Founder and Principal of Vancouver (WA) School for Art and Academics.
  • Gail Burnaford. Director of Teacher Education at Florida Atlantic University.
  • Dawn Ellis. Researcher. Advocate. Teaching artist.
  • Terry Greiss. Executive Director of Irondale Ensemble. Teaching artist. Actor.
  • Christine Goodheart. Executive Director of Office of Univ. of Washington-Community Partnerships.
  • Doug Herbert. Washington, DC.
  • Morenga Hunt. Vice President of Education and Director of Education Institute, North Carolina Bluementhal Performing Arts Center.
  • Nick Jaffe. Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal and teaching artist.
  • Jonathan Katz. Chief Executive Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
  • Sabrina Klein. Consultant. Former Executive Director of the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.
  • Janet Starke Krogman. Program and Grants Manager, ArtsTeach.
  • Liz Lerman. Choreographer. Teaching artist. Author.
  • Ted Lind. Curator of Education at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Teaching artist.
  • Abel Lopez. President of the Board of Directors of the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation. Chair-emeritus of the D.C Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Immediate Past President of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Associate Producer/Board Chairman, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
  • Scott Noppe-Brandon. Executive Director of Lincoln Center Institute.
  • Janis Norman. Director of Education, Research, & Professional Development for Young Audiences National Network.
  • Pam Paulson. Deputy Director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Former President of the National Dance Educators Association.
  • Aimée Ipson Pflederer. Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Professional Development Services, Santa Clara County Office of Education.
  • Jeff Raz. 
  • Dan Renner. Director of Education, Denver Center Theatre. Dean, National Theatre Conservatory. Teaching artist.
  • Joanne Robinson Hill. Education Director at The Joyce Theater. Teaching artist.
  • Barbara Shepherd. Director of National Partnerships for Education at The Kennedy Center.
  • Nilaja Sun. Playwright. Actress. Teaching artist.