ITAC2 sets out to identify the productive conditions that give rise to the diverse ecologies of Teaching Artistry in various parts of the world. ITAC2 will advance the global movement by developing new flows of information and knowledge exchange about these productive conditions to advance Teaching Artistry internationally—designed to grow long beyond our time in Australia.

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As part of the consultation and agenda setting for ITAC2 co-convenors Judith McLean and Eric Booth conducted Teaching Artist Forums in Sydney and Melbourne in May. From those forums six key issues were identified and are set out below. We invite delegates to share their information, views, advice and concerns to the discussion stream for each of these issues. This is not to say that the conference will only deal with these six issues. The flow of discussion is bound to identify new issues or segment into related sub-issues and we welcome such richness.

As central players in the arts and cultural ecosystem how and who can prepare teaching artists for the human, organisational and technological challenges that are upon us now?

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2. Impact & advocacy

Thu 26th Jun, 2014

What information will help decision-makers and communities think of, and invest in, teaching artists for what they are: a strategic national resource?

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3. Networks and Partnerships

Thu 26th Jun, 2014

Networks and partnerships lie at the heart of effective teaching artistry. ITAC 2 (Brisbane 2014) brings together teaching artists from over a dozen countries so what networks can we begin to build from this July? How do we sustain them? Where are our powerful partnerships and who are we partnering with??

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As many teaching artists are a sole traders, freelancers, self-employed and project workers what infrastructure will help them build a sustainable career? How might ITAC2 identify and advance infrastructure for teaching artists across participating countries and delegates?

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While there is some evidence that artists and teaching artists enjoy higher job satisfaction than employees in other sectors of the economy, there is also concern that individual artists face precarious economic security. What distinctive habits of mind and personal skills are essential for teaching artists to prosper? 

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Beyond US borders the term ‘teaching artist’ is a relatively unfamiliar term. Connected and aligned terms have been coined from various parts of the world and they include community artists, community cultural development workers, artists-in-residence, artist interventions in business, social artists and cultural animateurs.  What capabilities and capacities do all these arts workers share? Can we build consensus about what constitutes the term ‘teaching artist’?   Does it matter?

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7. The Platform

Thu 3rd Jul, 2014

This Discussion is to gather people's feedback and ideas on the ongoing development of The Platform to support our work together. That includes suggestions on new features and in particular the tag system that is being developed to help us organise our content into a useful knowledebase. 

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The unification of two idea groups to create the ultimate app! Let's keep the conversation going and build this APP!

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