Teaching Artist Initiative

Virtual arts education. Photo by Julia M. Cameron.
Photo by Julia M. Cameron.

The Teaching Artist Initiative is a peer group that focuses solely on the needs of teaching artists and arts educators at all stages of their careers in our region.


The Initiative meets quarterly for topic-specific workshops, connecting fellow teaching artists, and providing access to professional development.

Originally launched in 2012 under the name “CreatorsMakersTeachers Network,” the Teaching Artist Initiative is coordinated by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in partnership with Mary Brenholts of the Pittsburgh Center for Art and Media.

Header image courtesy of Yan Krukov on Pexels.

Questions about the Teaching Artist Initiative? Please email Allison Popieski, our senior manager of programs, to learn more.

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Our Goals

  • To share and expand the craft: We share and actualize craft through a living workshop
  • To build a community: We build community through open listening and sharing
  • To offer space for care: We take care by sharing tools and resources
  • To connect: We connect through art making, listening and activating practice

Upcoming Events

We're currently planning this year's Teaching Artist Initiative programming. Stay tuned for upcoming Teaching Artist Initiative meet-ups! All quarterly events will be hosted via Zoom until further notice.