January 5, 2017
To our ATI Community- Teachers, Teaching Artists, Friends;
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts prioritizes opportunities to offer life-long learning through the arts, as well as to advance arts education in New Jersey schools. Since 1976, the Artist Teacher Institute (ATI) has been an important example of our commitment to this work and, along with our program partners - the Dodge Foundation and Arts Horizons - we are very proud of the decades of positive impact the program has had on teachers, artists and students.
In recognition of ATI’s 40th anniversary, we have decided to do an in-depth evaluation of the program to ensure it is as relevant, accessible and effective as possible. In order to fully focus our attention on this evaluation we will not be offering the summer 2017 ATI programs. In collaboration with the Dodge Foundation we will engage an expert to take a comprehensive look at the program structure, benefits and barriers as they relate to the current education climate. We will explore different program models and identify the ways to best serve arts teachers in New Jersey. Ultimately, we will emerge from this process with an Artist Teacher Institute that offers high-quality, arts-centered professional development that fits the needs and wants of teachers today. It’s our goal to accomplish this important work in the next year, and to have a new program and new partners to introduce to you in time for summer 2018.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns, and don’t be surprised if you are contacted by the program evaluator; your input will be invaluable to this process. Thank you for your understanding as we work to make ATI better with and for you.
All the best,
Director of Arts Education
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The acclaimed New Jersey Artist/Teacher Institute immerses classroom teachers, educators and artists in hands-on professional development workshops in the performing, visual, literary and digital arts led by master teaching artists. aTi participants discover new pathways to creative teaching and learning in and through the arts while igniting their artistry and connecting with a community of peers. aTi participants impact over 20,000 students annually and over 80% receive scholarships to attend.
Experience the aTi transformation this summer and emerge renewed and inspired both personally and professionally!