Teaching Artist Application

Turnip Green Creative Reuse offers a wide range of workshops in Nashville through our KidsCAN (Kids Care About Nashville) program. One of TGCR's core values is to support local artists in their creative endeavors while paying them fairly. As a Turnip Green teaching artist, you will have opportunities to facilitate workshops in our open studio, local schools, library branches, festivals, corporate events, and more! While we work with all ages and a variety of organizations, all of our programming relates to our mission of fostering creativity through sustainability and reuse.

TGCR has existed since 2010 and offer 4 areas of service, including a retail space, artist marketplace, green gallery, and educational outreach. We are a nonprofit attempting to divert as many materials from the landfill as possible and to get those materials into the hands of creatives so they can find new life. We believe everyone has the right to creative experiences, and all of the materials in our retail space are available for a "take what you want, give what you can" model.

We believe in offering creative experiences to the children in our community as well, and we work primarily with underserved schools to educate students how to reuse, reduce, then recycle while integrating engaging art techniques. As a TGCR teaching artist, you will have the opportunity to work directly with students in our after school programs, and/or support them by leading other workshops through our kidsCAN outreach program.

Expectations of a Turnip Green Teaching Artist:

PERSONALITY:
Works well with kids and adults
Positive Attitude
Creative Thinker
Adaptable
Responsible
Respectful

EXPERIENCE:
Teaching experience preferred.
Creates or has created art pieces involving sustainability: reusable materials, found objects, upcycling, etc.
Knowledge and experience with reducing, reusing, recycling.
Involvement with artistic communities and organizations is a plus.

WORK ETHIC:
Punctual for meetings, workshops, etc.
Fully devotes time and energy to students when leading workshops.
Advocate for TGCR at all times - contributing positively to your community and being environmentally conscious.
Represents TGCR when facilitating workshops, does not use TGCR connections to self-promote in ways that would
result in taking opportunities away from TGCR.
Clearly communicates with Leah and other TGCR staff, responds in a timely manner to emails and phone calls.
Accurately reports workshop data, communicates in advance if unable to attend a workshop, etc.

COMMUNITY:
Patience and understanding for students, fellow teaching artists, TGCR staff and members, and other members of our
community.
Team player and works well with others in order to strengthen our community and further our mission.
Accepting and respectful of all demographics and lifestyles.
Supportive of TGCR by making monetary donations for materials, attending events, actively engaging in social media, and/or promoting TGCR in outside social circles.

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