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Teaching Artists Summit 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
The third annual citywide Teaching Artists Summit will provide a space for reflection and education on ways that teaching artists can build sustainable careers and creative practices in the field and how arts pedagogy can create meaningful platforms for visioning, self-confidence, and strategic thinking.
Guest facilitators will share insights into empowering teaching artists and students to imagine and pursue positive futures, and will also introduce teaching artists to experiential processes that can be incorporated into their own classroom practices.
Organized by Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center, the Summit will be open to teaching artists working across disciplines, contexts, and student populations from throughout the city. We will implement an application process to ensure that participants reflect the diversity of teaching artists and practices in Chicago.
9:30 – 10:00 am | Teaching Artists Arrival, Check-In, Coffee, Social Time/Icebreakers
10:00 – 10:20 am | Welcome, Introductions, Logistics for the Day
10:30 – 12:00 | Interactive Strategic Planning Session with Katharine Schutta (Director of Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
  • The focus of this presentation will be an introduction to the Creative Project Canvas and how teaching artists can use this tool to develop strategic plans for their careers. Teaching artists will have the opportunity to complete preliminary work on their plans and engage in small-group discussion.
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Leisurely Lunch
  • ​A catered lunch with be provided by Chicago Artists Coalition and the Hyde Park Art Center.
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Creative Visioning Pedagogy Workshops 
  • Deportations to End // led by Yvette Mayorga
    • Teaching artists will explore frosting as a medium, especially during these dark times. Using food as a medium along with cake decorating tools to collectively repurpose news headlines that create chaos. Drawing from negative headlines we will reclaim and create new positive headlines to allow for a dreaming of a better future while acknowledging present day traumas we are bombarded with daily. This workshop introduces participants to piping and how to address collective traumas in the classroom through impermanence.
  • The Ever-Present Present: imagining collective self-reliance in relationship to the future // led by Matthew Nicholas
    • Workshop participants will explore various meanings of collective self-reliance and imagine new meanings through discussion and the creation of flip books. In thinking about the pace, compression, and perceptions of time and how it impacts the order of our lives, we will look for more non-linear forms of expressing the experience of order. From these different ways of thinking about time, collaboration, and our relationships to things we think we already know, we will create animated narratives through flip books to share with one another.
  • Tools Toward Queer Futures // led by Nora Sharp
    • This workshop cultivates intra- and interpersonal awareness from a belief that generous clarity about where we are right now can allow us to more easefully chart toward where we want to go. So, let's use movement and conversation to practice paying attention with intention. We'll go through a series of activities--body and sense exploration, brief writing prompts, and exercises in active listening and reflective response--designed to turn over the stones of our consciousness and gently examine what's really underneath, creating space to get out of ruts, encounter new creative pathways, connect with others, and realign with ourselves
  • ​Hip Hop, Haiku & Hue : How we see ourselves & others // led by Cesar "Visual" Zamudio
    • This workshop will use writing as a creative blueprint and site for reflection and sharing ideas about our personal and communal futures. Participants will begin by exploring the similarities between hip hop culture and haiku, then create poems via a series of guided writing exercises designed to help them describe themselves and their respective surroundings through the lens of the past, present, and future. We will use these haiku to create a conversation about who we each are as individuals and how this can shape the perspective that we have of others.
2:30 - 3:00 pm | Keynote Talk with Damon Locks (visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay)
  • The focus for Damon's talk will be insights from a teaching artist on building a community of support to sustain a healthy practice.
3:00 – 4:00 pm | Happy Hour (optional)

Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL (map here)

Registration + Application

Registration is by application only. We implement an application process to ensure that participants reflect the diversity of teaching artists and practices in Chicago. 

Applications open: February 26

Deadline to apply: March 25
Notifications sent: March 30 - April 6
Confirmation of attendance required by April 15

Applications are now closed.


Tuition for the 2018 Teaching Artists Summit is based on a pay-what-you-can model. A suggested tuition donation of $20 may be made online or at the door the day of the Summit and goes directly to cover costs associated with the program.​ Any contribution in excess of the suggested donation helps cover the costs of fellow teaching artists for whom tuition would be cost-prohibitive. Information about making a tuition donation will be sent to all accepted applicants.

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Guest Facilitators
Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. He attended The Art Institute in Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts. He teaches with art as a part of Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project as well as ArtReach Chicago. Damon has done sound design  for theater as a part of Free Street Theater. He is a 2015 recipient of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Achievement Award in the Arts and participated in The New Quorum music residency in New Orleans. He was a 2016 MAKER Grant awardee and a 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship recipient. He is currently a part of the Hyde Part Art Center’s Public-Engaged Residency as well as an artist with the SPACE program through the Museum of Contemporary Arts, introducing civically engaged art into the curriculum at the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy.  His small choir, Black Monument Ensemble is performing publicly this summer as a part of the Night Out in The Parks and at the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
Yvette Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She uses confection, industrial materials, and the American board game Candy Land as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The spaces in the “Candy Lands” of her work relate to immigrant utopian visions of the American Dream. The smell, decoration, and personal photographs in work serve to critique the glut of violence at the border.
Mayorga has presented her work at The Vincent Price Art Museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO, LACMA's Pacific Standard Time, The Chicago Cultural Center, The National Museum of Mexican Art, University of Indianapolis, The Arts Incubator, Roots and Culture, Weinberg/Newton, and forthcoming at Gallery 400, Ukraine Institute of Modern Art, and Lubeznik Center. Mayorga received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was featured in The Guardian, The Inter University Program for Latino Research, Art News, REMEZCLA, Teen Vogue and Hyperallergic. 
Matthew Nicholas is a multi-disciplinary artist who often uses text as a common thread linking visual forms. Through performative lectures, public installations and video he focuses on the tensions between iconography and the social complexities of American culture. Matthew’s work has recently been shown and performed in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and Detroit. He is a 2017-2018 Field/Work Residency alumnus.
Matthew has worked as a core member of the artist collective Lucky Pierre on projects at Luminary Arts in St. Louis, Illinois State University and the Glass House in London and was recently featured in Sixty Inches From Center for his collaborative work with Lora Lode, Laura Shaeffer and Alisa Reith at Compound Yellow in Oak Park, IL. Since 2007 Matthew has worked in the exhibitions department at Chicago Children’s Museum supporting alternative forms of learning through play.
Kate Schutta is an artist, educator, and Director of Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kate advises students and alumni/ae on professional and job search strategies and coordinates Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) activities and resources. Schutta’s past experience includes book cover and poster illustration and teaching at SAIC and the Royal College of Art. Exhibitions include: National Museum of Art, Wroclaw; Royal College of Art (RCA); and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Grants and Fellowships: Chicago Artists Assistance Program grants; RCA Research Fellowship in Communication Design; and Peoples' Republic of Poland Art & Culture Grant. Education: MFA (1989), BFA (1985), School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BA History of Art (1983), Bryn Mawr College.
Nora Sharp’s work blends dance, voice, comedy, cultural commentary, and personal history, and reflects lived experience as a queer white midwestern millennial. In 2018, Nora is an artist in residence at Volta Performing Arts and in the Co-MISSIONS program at Links Hall, both in Chicago, as well as a participant in LANDING 2.0 with Miguel Gutierrez at Gibney Dance (NYC). Nora facilitates spaces for intra- and interpersonal creative exchange, including Research Project, a bimonthly works in progress performance series at OuterSpace Studios, and an anxiety workshop series at Volta. Nora’s work in these contexts is influenced by the pedagogies of tutoring, activism, somatics, non-violent communication, and individual and group therapy. Nora is also in the early stages of building a community-based working artists’ and performers’ emergency insurance fund, and recently completed the FIELD/WORK Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition.

Cesar​ ​"Visual"​ ​Zamudio​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Chicago​-​born​ ​Latino​ ​artist.​ ​The​ ​foundation​ of his​​ ​career​ ​as a​ ​hip​ hop​ ​artist​ ​started​ ​in​ ​Chicago​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mid​ ​90s​ ​by​ ​becoming​ ​active​ ​in​ ​the​ ​local scene​ ​frequently​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​cyphers,​ ​open​ ​mics​, and ​winning​ ​notable​ ​underground​ ​battles. He​ ​has​ ​been​ ​active​ ​in​ ​social​ ​and​ ​political​ ​change​ ​since​ ​his​ ​teenage​ ​years​ ​when​ ​he participated​ ​in​ ​protest​ ​and​ ​in​-​school​ ​organizations​ ​that​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​equality. He​ ​now​ ​works​ ​with​ ​various​ ​organizations​ ​focus​ing ​on​ ​youth​ ​development,​ ​helping develop ​unique​ ​skills​ ​like​ ​developing​ ​their​ ​own​ ​personal​ ​mindset,​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of collaboration​ ​and​ ​communication​, ​and​​ ​social​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​teach​ ​consciousness​ ​and tolerance.​ ​The​ ​tangible​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​he​ ​teaches​ ​are​ ​creative​ ​writing,​ ​vocal​ ​recording,​ ​song production,​ ​hip​ ​hop​ ​history,​ ​event​ ​production​, ​branding​, ​and​ ​marketing.​ ​He​ ​also consults​ ​artists,​ ​producers​, and ​record​ ​label​ ​and​ ​management​ ​teams​ ​to​ ​help​ ​develop​ ​their brand​s ​and​ ​business​es ​by​ ​guiding​ ​them​ ​through​ ​processes​ ​and​ ​teaching​ ​them​ ​industry standards. Most​ ​recently, ​he​ ​has​ ​begun​ ​to​ ​consult​ ​and​ ​coach​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​and everyday​ ​people​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​better​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​life​ ​on​ ​various​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​personal development​ ​including​ ​accountability,​ ​mindfulness,​ ​weight​ ​loss​, ​and​ ​fitness.

As​ ​an​ ​entrepreneur​, ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​Community​ ​Service​ ​Records​ ​which​ ​he​ ​has​ ​used as​ ​platform​ ​to​ ​release​ ​his​ ​own​ ​music​ ​independently​ ​since​ ​2002.
In​ ​2011,​ ​he​ ​founded​ ​#HelloHipHop​.​ Started​ ​as​ ​a​ ​monthly​ ​event​ ​showcasing Chicago​ ​talent​, ​#HelloHipHop​ has​ ​become​ ​a​ ​curator​ ​of​ ​hip​ ​hop​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​business​ ​in Chicago​ ​and​ ​is​ ​steadily​ ​growing​ ​nationally.​ ​In​ ​2017,​ ​he​ ​created​ ​Money​ ​Mantra --​ ​a podcast​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​financial​ ​literacy​ ​and​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​where​ ​he​ ​interviews​ ​a​ ​diverse group​ ​of​ ​people​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​business​ ​owners,​ ​entrepreneurs,​ ​artist​s, ​and​ ​others​ ​to​ ​help listeners​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​perspective​ ​and​ ​valuable​ ​information​ ​in​ ​hopes​ ​of​ ​it​ ​making​ ​a great​ ​positive​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​their​ ​life.