Providence CityArts for Youth serves as new RITAC Managing Partner
The administrative office for RITAC is now located at Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, and our new part-time administrator is teaching artist, Michelle Nugent. Many of you knew Arik Beatty from the Gamm Theatre who was our administrator as RITAC went through its original planning and early implementation years. He is now in Chicago, and we are pleased to welcome Michelle. Michelle is an interdisciplinary Core Teaching Artist at Providence CityArts. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey in 2009 and her MFA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2013. She is passionate about developing social justice based arts programming and has been creating community art projects with youth at CityArts and The RISD Museum, exploring themes in cultural identity, self-love, and community building.
Many thanks to the Gamm Theatre as our original managing partner, and we thank Susie, Kate and Oliver who stepped in last to help last year when Arik left for life in the Midwest.
As RITAC continues to evolve, we are moving to a network structure. The goal of the new network structure is to support the continued growth of the RI teaching artist field by connecting Teaching Artist Hiring Organizations (TAHO). (We learned this term from our colleagues at the Teaching Artist Guild in California.) This will allow arts organizations who carry out a significant part of their mission through teaching artists to share professional development opportunities and information with each other and the larger community in a more structured way. We will be able to co-market opportunities for teaching artists statewide through the RITAC newsletter and each organization’s own communications. RITAC will be piloting this new network structure from November 2017-August 2018.
Moving to CityArts will allow RITAC to offer a wide array of professional development opportunities in conjunction with CityArts. See RITAC events page for more details!