4 Ways to Build Your Own Community
We all know being an art teacher can be isolating. This makes collaboration even more difficult than it naturally is.
Even in a great school in a supportive district, there are moments when you’re not sure there’s anyone within a 4,000-mile radius who understands what you do. The best way to overcome this is build a community you can draw from, start small, start locally, and keep reaching out. Try one of these ideas to get started:
- Make friends with the school custodians. They can help you gather useful stuff that usually gets thrown away.
- Put on an art show and invite the whole community. If you meet some enthusiastic parents, artists, or local art lovers invite them to help plan your next show.
- Make contact with art teachers in nearby schools. Organize a get-together with them once a month; you can trade ideas and experiences, share materials, laugh, cry and VENT.
- Attend an art education conference. Being surrounded by hundreds of teachers who know exactly how you feel is well worth the price of attending.