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Teaching Artist Fellowships in Full Swing

Amy Chu, Program Officer

"post-it" looking squares appear under a prompt on a jamboard that reads, "What Specific things can you do as a teacher to increase the likelihood that students will invest themselves in the work?
Screen shot of a jamboard compiled by Fellows in a training session led by Eric Booth.

Mass Cultural Council is excited to welcome the first cohort of Creative Youth Development (CYD) Fellows alongside the third cohort of Music Educators and Teaching Artists (META) Fellows. The CYD Fellows cohort is made up of out-of-school teaching artists of various disciplines and experiences, including (but not limited to) those trained in ballet, poetry, drama, and painting, while META brings together music educators and teaching artists from both inside and outside of the classroom.

The META Fellowship is a partnership of The Klarman Family Foundation and Mass Cultural Council, and the Creative Youth Development Fellowship is a partnership of Linde Family Foundation and Mass Cultural Council. For the first time, New England Conservatory is a partner in the operation of both Fellowship programs. Fellows in both programs were nominated by their respective organizations to take part in the two-year programs.

Through site visits, group discussions, and grant projects, these Fellowships are meant to build new avenues of support among peers, to explore creatively outside of their practice, and even create entirely new resources or research for young people.

Most importantly, we recognize how teaching artists devote their time, learning, and compassion towards bolstering young people and the arts, despite being under recognized and uncompensated, especially during the pandemic. It is important that the Fellowships are not framed as a professional development “opportunity”. This is a special cohort of individuals striving to dedicate extra energy to their practice and the young people they work with. The Fellowships includes a stipend because they should be offered a just compensation for this work.

Teacher Mindset slide from a Fellows training session.

Kicking Off the New Year and New Cohort

In the fall of 2021, Fellows met virtually for a workshop led by revered teaching artist Eric Booth. Booth addressed the critical concerns of teaching artists by asking, “How do you support yourself so that you can support your youth?” He invited the cohorts to re-imagine their curriculum so that it centered the engagement and interests of youth, and to pinpoint their own areas of need that could use further support.

Next, the CYD and META Fellows will join a workshop led by Eryn Johnson and Anita Morson-Matra for a conversation surrounding Racial Equity in Creative Youth Development. Later in 2022, the CYD Fellows will also participate in a youth worker training for artists led by the BEST Initiative at Health Resources in Action.

As shown by their discussions and collaboration, the strength of this program lies in the bonds that form between peers and their organizations, creating a community of mutual learning. The CYD Fellowship and META Fellowship bridge the gap in pre-professional teacher training and the nuanced reality of community-based work. We can’t wait to see how these cohorts will grow in the next two years.

2021-2023 Creative Youth Development (CYD) Fellows

Alexandra Smith, Actors’ Shakespeare Project

Phoebe Warner, Artists For Humanity

Mushen Kieta, Artists For Humanity

Andrea Muñiz, BalletRox

Sharron Frazier-McClain, Barrington Stage Company

Tom Truss, Berkshire Pulse

Fiona Scruggs, Berkshire Pulse

Erich Haygun, Books Of Hope

Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire, Boston Collegiate Charter School

Li Cheristin, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

Sara Pagiaro, Cambridge Community Television

Masoud Arabkouchehkhatibi, Cambridge Community Television

Eva Murray, Central Square Theater

Danny Bolton, Central Square Theater

Jack O’Hearn, Community Art Center

Lionel Blaise Jr., Community Art Center

Carla Hollett Winthrop, Express Yourself

Paloma Valenzuela, GrubStreet

Maria Pinto, GrubStreet

Genesis Rodriguez, Hyde Square Task Force

Pedro Cruz, IBA (Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción)

Rachel Hu, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Isabel Cole, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Deep Chinappa, Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Antonia DaSilva, Provincetown Art Association & Museum

Grace Emmet, Provincetown Art Association & Museum

Holly Tarnower, Rehearsal for Life

Lillian Gomes, Rehearsal for Life

Laura Iveson, The Art Garden

Jane Wegscheider, The Art Garden

Tara Bernier, The Care Center

Kahmal London, The Clubhouse Network

Abby Neale, The Eliot School for Fine & Applied Arts

Jennifer Turpin, The Eliot School for Fine & Applied Arts

Irene Shaikly, The Performance Project

Teresa Santana, West End House Boys and Girls Club

2021-2023 Music Educators and Teaching Artists (META) Fellows

Heather Pereira, B.M.C. Durfee High School

Jacob Gabriszeski, Berklee City Music

Tomas Marquez, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Marisa Giangregorio, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Bengisu Gokce, Boston Music Project

Sebastien Ridore, Boston Music Project

Tyler James, Boston String Academy

Madeline Stewart, Boston String Academy

Anna Bradford, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Anna Byington, Bridge Boston Charter School

Rochelle Lewis, Bridge Boston Charter School

Camille Felisbret, City Strings United

Anne Lemos Edgerton, Community Music Center of Boston

Hannah López, Community Music Center of Boston

Tara Murphy, Community Music School of Springfield

Alyze Rabideau, Conservatory Lab Charter School

Rachael Chagat, Handel and Haydn Society

Jennifer Kane, Handel and Haydn Society

Nan Gibbons, Joy of Music Program

Ignacy Gaydamovich Grzelazka, Kids 4 Harmony at 18 Degrees

Greta Myatieva, Making Music Matters

Carleton Burke, Music & Youth

Sarah-Hadley Yakir, Musica Franklin

Bekka Eowind, Musica Franklin

David Rubin, MusiConnects

Kevonna Shuford, MusiConnects

Javier Lozada, Mystic Valley YMCA

Brooks Clarke, New England Conservatory of Music

Gregory Shannon, North High School, Worcester Public Schools

Kamila Irving Isanbaeva, Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Karolina Meireles, Sociedad Latina

Valerie Martin, Spencer Borden Elementary

Marcus Santos, Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Maria Elenita (Marlene) Del Rosario, Zumix

Christopher Lee-Rodriguez, Zumix


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