What an exciting and forward-looking time for our young organization. We are independent teaching artists and ensembles connected by our common interest to provide meaningful arts learning experiences for people of all ages. Within the past year, we have increased the number of artists on our roster by over 50%.
This past year our efforts in providing access to creatives, and developing unique immersive arts experiences for everyone blossomed. Over 8,000 students and 1,000 community members were engaged in an art form with at least one of our teaching artists! As we enter 2023, we will strengthen connections to schools, summer camps, community organizations, and libraries as we foster new teaching artist talent in Rochester, and enjoy the thrill of in person audiences again! With your support, we can continue to expand our reach and amplify the impact of our arts programs in the community.
In the last year, Teaching Artists ROC successfully followed through on several challenges. During 2022 we filed the paperwork needed to formalize our non-profit status. This helps provide structure and support to our artists working in the community. We want our artists doing what they do best, engaging audiences of all ages with unique programs and fostering self-expression. We formed a Board and added new artists to our group. See everyone on our website, teachingartistsroc.com.
Supporting Our Artists
As COVID restrictions lifted, collaborations with area organizations offered our artists opportunities to engage both young and old. TAROC booked 68 events that gave some work to EVERY artist on the roster. New programs are being developed to build on the budding growth. Technical support to shift programs to online, if the need arises again, remains in place as.
2022 saw the start of partnerships with Monroe, Wayne, Cattaraugus/Allegany and Greater Southern Tier BOCES, and Rochester, Monroe County, and Pioneer library systems, which helped increase our outreach by 400%. We celebrated our third Artists' Showcase at the RMSC's Eisenhart Auditorium, sharing our talented performers with area venue managers. Our roster has grown over 50%!
We have begun developing emerging teaching artist talent and added to our roster of performers. TAROC continues to actively network with libraries, schools, and community groups to provide creative opportunities for expression and learning, a crucial service as people emerge from their bubbles back into community spaces.
Supercharge Our Efforts
There are two ways in which you can help us expand our reach in the greater Rochester area:
Please let folks know that we provide high-quality arts experiences and programming for schools, recreation centers, senior facilities, and community groups.
Your financial support will make possible:
• Creation of new programming
• Development of new Teaching Artists
• Expansion of community outreach
All of which add up to more opportunities for inspiring learning, smiles, joy, and wonder for our community!
Larry Moss, Executive Director and Gretchen Anthony, Arts Administrator & Program Director