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Art Teachers Alliance

Good teaching depends on skilled, well-supported faculty.

Our Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to all art teachers from the Eliot School, Boston Public Schools, other schools and community partners, as well as independent teaching artists (no membership required). It improves skills, shares resources and builds collegiality among peers.

Teacher Training for Art Educators

Interested in teaching visual arts, but not sure where to begin?  We offer workshops with experienced art-educators to help you build your skills.

Take a look at a workshop offered previously, "Teaching Visual Art," on Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM, by Robert Siegelman.  Please reach out to our Director of Adult Programs & Engagement with inquiries about future workshops.

Professional Development for Creative Professionals

We offer a number of workshops for working artists looking for professional development.  If you are building your artist portfolio, editing images prior to submission for exhibition or editorial or need to perfect images of your work prior to publication, we offer workshops to assist.

View an upcoming workshop, Digital Photo-editing Basics on April 5th, and a workshop offered previously, "Organizing and Preparing Images for Submission," on February 1st

Professional Development for Art Educators

2022 Summer Session:

The Eliot School for Fine and Applied ArtsOpen Door Arts, and Wheelock Family Theatre are partnering to support teaching artists through a virtual summer intensive professional development series called Supporting the Processing of Experiences through the Arts during Crises (SPEAC) that specifically caters to the current needs of K-12 students and teachers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

SPEAC is a virtual summer intensive designed to prepare teaching artists to guide students through online and in-person arts education that effectively supports students to process and express their lived experiences due to the current health crisis, ongoing racial injustice, and the racial awakening and opposition in society, therefore working toward personal and community transformation. 

PD points are available to Massachusetts Teachers. 


Summer Session: Tuesdays and Wednesday July 5th – August 3rd. 

Session 1: Morning Session 9:30am-11:00am  

Session 2: Evening Sessions 7:00pm-8:30pm  


For each session, there will be 30-60 minutes of pre-work (articles, videos, and/or audio) given 1 week prior. All sessions will be virtual.  The order of the presenters may change but the content will not.  

Part 1: Susan Naimark and Dr. Keisha Green will explore the history of education in Boston and Springfield through the lens of race and trauma. By understanding this history, we can better understand and address the systemic challenges and bias that continue to occur in the virtual or in-person classroom.

Part 2: Moe Finnerty and Open Door Arts will guide us through creating an inclusive space for students with disabilities.  By understanding the needs of our young people we can better provide a space for all to create.

Part 3: Dr. Keneisha Sinclair-McBride and Dr. Rose Ashraf and will explore Trauma-informed approaches to better understand and meet the social and emotional needs of our students in person and online. 

Part 4: Tanya Nixon-Silberg and Zahirah Nur Truth will cover how to specifically use the arts to process the experiences of prolonged isolation, loss, fear, and racial injustice  

Part 5: Zahirah Nur Truth and Corey DePina will demonstrate how the different art modalities can put the prior teachings into practice by guiding us through inclusive and accessible abbreviated lessons in visual and performing arts

SPEAC is generously supported by The Beker Foundation, BPS Arts Expansion Fund*, Community Music School of Springfield, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. 

*Funded in part by the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focused on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is generously supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation and other individuals. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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