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Community Conversation: Who is a Teaching Artist?

June 15

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion featuring a diverse group of teaching artists who will share their unique experiences, insights, and perspectives on the transformative power of teaching artistry. As they delve into the challenges, rewards, and creative strategies that shape their work, these dedicated arts professionals will provide valuable knowledge and inspiration for artists, educators, and anyone passionate about the intersection of arts and education. This event is open to all arts & culture audiences and will be particularly relevant for: working artists who are curious about teaching opportunities, organizations, educators who’d like to learn more about hiring teaching artists. This program is organized in partnership with Teaching Artists Roc. Normal admission is $5/ free for members of RoCo and Artists who work with Teaching Artists Roc. RoCo charges $5 during its summer fundraiser 6x6, which supports RoCo’s next season of programs.

About the Artists

James Kegler is a passionate and accomplished singer/spoken word artist with over 10 years of singing/spoken word, songwriting, and performance experience. Drawn to the magic of music and poetry early on, his journey into Performing Arts began in middle school and continued through high school where he graduated from The School of the Arts here in Rochester. Presently, he continues to create and perform all around the state, and is currently a Program Coordinator at The Center for Teen Empowerment, guiding young people through there journey of self advocacy, civic duty and performative arts.

Daystar/Rosalie Jones is a Pembina (Little Shell) Chippewa woman who dances, sings and tells stories about Native American people and places!
The ‘storytelling theatre’ of Daystar emphasizes a respect for Native American belief systems and world view while offering a broad interpretive reflection on those traditions. Daystar performs and teaches contemporary Intertribal Dance, historical and modern dance, mask and mask-making, singing and character transformation.

Unique Fair is a talented fine artist and educator who combines his artistic skills and activism to inspire positive change. From a young age, his passion for art and community organizing flourished, culminating in a powerful vision to create thought-provoking artwork centered around oppression, liberation, and the tensions between them.

Larry Moss is an artist and community leader renowned for his inventive, community-driven projects. From his humble beginnings as a NYC street performer to becoming an internationally acclaimed balloon art visionary and founder of Airigami, Larry's journey intertwines art, education, and activism. As an educator and founder of Teaching Artists ROC, he remains dedicated to inspiring individuals to discover their artistic talents and drive positive change within their communities.

About Teaching Artists Roc

Based in Western and Central NY, Teaching Artists ROC was formed in 2017. Earlier that year, another teaching artist organization in Rochester shut its doors, creating a void within the local education system and after-school programming for arts enrichment and curriculum support. Many teaching artists on that roster were eager to continue providing quality programming that they had developed and used with great success. With that in mind, Teaching Artists ROC has a new vision, goals and fresh structure to better serve the Rochester community for decades to come.

Teaching Artists ROC is steadily moving in new directions and taking on new challenges, while still honoring the spirit and importance of arts integration in education. We are now reaching out to other artists, venues and events to develop into a more diverse organization. Who we are, what we provide, and where we are performing expands with every new day.