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That Teaching Artist Life…Taking Action to Support Teaching Artist Sustainability

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Join other teaching artists as we explore the question: What does a sustainable arts education ecosystem look like in the Bay Area?

AEABA members can use the discount code "AEABAmember" for free tickets. Be ready to fill a short survey after registering.

Aimee Espiritu and Mika Lemoine will facilitate a dialogue among peers to surface the needs of those in the field and discuss how WE might meet these needs by working in coordination.

The program is a partnership between the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, the Junior Center for Art and Science, Teaching Artist Guild, and Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco / Bay Area; we work to cultivate a field that is sustainable and collaborative by investing in relationship, leadership, and skill building.

We will continue to look at results from a survey of local arts education organizations, which we began to discuss at the October 6 Policy Roundtable (see notes from that discussion here). The focus and outcomes will be shaped by everyone who attends; findings from this event will inform the next gathering in early December 2017 which will include Teaching Artists and Program Directors brainstorming next steps together.

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Be sure to arrive by 5:30 so you have time to nosh and mingle with your colleagues. Spread the word on Facebook.

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Our facilitators: 


Aimee M. Espiritu is excited to launch Espiritu Consulting this October 2017, focusing on Strategic Planning, Arts Administration and Education. As the recent Co-Director of Programs, she called Youth Speaks her professional home from 2014-17. It has been her calling to empower youth to recognize their authentic voice as it relates to societal transformation. She has been an educator for 14 years with a primary focus of engaging young people through creative youth development, curriculum design, exhibit development, and peer-to-peer training. A Seattle native, she earned a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Washington and is a credentialed Secondary teacher with a Masters in Urban Education from Holy Names University. After completing her graduate degree, Aimee was the Youth Programs and Community Engagement Manager at San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum for 4.5 years. As an educator and artist, Aimee’s passion for relevant arts education for youth is both professional and deeply personal. A queer Filipin@ visual and performance artist, she has been creating art installations, writing, performing, and directing theater for the past 16 years.

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Mika Lemoine is a Teaching Artist Mentor at Destiny Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and street dance to youth in the public schools and on site.  She is the Artistic Director of the Destiny Junior Company, a pre-professional performance company where youth ages 9-12 use their powerful voices through word and dance to make art about what matters to them. Originally from Oakland, CA and an alum of the program, Mika has been with Destiny as a teaching artist since 2010. In today’s climate of commercial “hip hop,” Mika emphasizes historical and social context when teaching foundational styles and includes her students in the Bay Area street dance community. She believes that creative expression is a catalyst for social change and vital to human survival. Mika has danced with Versastyle Dance Company and Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater in Los Angeles, Mix’d Ingrdnt’s in Oakland, and most recently with Embodiment Project where her solo was described as possessing “profound beauty and emotion” by SF Chronicle. She is the co Artistic Director of See Through Soul, an Oakland grown dance company created in 2017 that draws inspiration from various dance styles to express self and seek truth. Mika holds a BA in Dance and Latin American Studies from UCLA’s department of World Arts and Cultures.