Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) is an advocacy organization dedicated to the professionalization and visibility of artists who teach, establishing them as equally valued peers with partners in education, community, and social services. Recently, TAG launched the interactive Teaching Artists Asset Map. This important resource illuminates the depth and breadth of the field, assisting in the creation of community and connections. A LinkedIn for teaching artists and arts organizations, the Teaching Artists Asset Map, allow teaching artists, arts organizations, and advocates to connect with one another, build momentum, and share opportunities and resources.
While its primary function is network-building, the Teaching Artists Asset Map has a secondary function – allowing stakeholders to determine which populations are and are not being served. This enables advocates a more comprehensive understanding of equity in arts education, which in turn builds a case for support and resources in low-access areas.