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The Future of Homegrown Teaching Artists? Negotiating Contradictions of Professionalization in the Youth Arts and Humanities Fields

Winkler, H., & Denmead, T. (2016). The future of homegrown teaching artists? Negotiating contradictions of professionalization in the youth arts and humanities field. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 17(10). Retrieved from

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Abstract: Youth arts and humanities programs are providing invaluable learning opportunities for youth participants to become what we term “homegrown teaching artists.” After several years of artistic and pedagogic development, these alumni teach youth in the same programs where they were once participants. This phenomenon has emerged at the same time that the teaching artist field has become professionalized with new credentialed pathways through higher education. This simultaneity presents a paradox. Professionalization introduces formal standards and barriers to entry into the teaching artist field at the same time that teaching artists train youth who are racialized and low-income to become teaching artists through informal pathways in youth arts and humanities programs. In other words, the professionalization of the field is at odds with its aspiration to expand and sustain youth’s right to cultural self-determination. We address this contradiction by investigating the pathways and practices of three homegrown teaching artists before turning to implications for policy and practice.

Ride or Die: An Instructional Resource

The article I wrote with Ruth Nicole Brown for Art Education is now available for downloading without a subscription!

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 13.45.50Put on your snorkel and safety goggles, hang a pine-scented air freshener around your neck, and roll up your capri pants, because we are headed into the valley of darkness. If you want a hopey-changey-kinda politic, if you want to give young people a “voice,” if you think hip-hop is some mainstream practice, then you have come to the wrong post post-racial place. No: Here in the valley, the Barack bubble has burst. Here in the valley, we re-turn to terror because, Lord knows, we are about to be terrorized. Some of us know this terror well. For those who do not, they will come to know this terror as witnesses; their discomfort will reveal itself as beauty and/or privilege…

Moral Ambivalents, Mucks, and Mad Hatters!!! Welcome to Kara Walker’s Ruffneck Constructivists!!! The Greatest Show on Earth!!! If you have been down, be down!!!

If you haven’t, bring a shovel.

Before entering this Instructional Resource, teleport your crew. IM your homegirls. Mail the letter he is waiting on because you are about to leave yoursel behind… Or… Change your gait and exit this Instructional Resource at this time. We cool like that

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Youth in Creative Cities: An IPRH Research Cluster

Please consider joining my research cluster this year. Info about the research cluster will be updated here:

In this IPRH Research Cluster, we will investigate youth’s cultural production in relation to globalized urbanization. We will consider the interconnectedness of youth, the political economy of cities (i.e., global cities, creative cities, ecocities, etc.), and new articulations of race, gender, and class. As an Imagining America research cluster, we will discuss how our research cluster can advance faculty and graduate students’ efforts in engaging youth in public practices in the arts and humanities through their research and curricula.

      This research cluster will include three components:

      • Monthly reading Group
      • Invited speakers
      • Planned field trip

Each are described in greater detail below.

To join the research cluster, please join our listserv so that we can communicate with you directly. If you have questions, please contact Tyler Denmead at tdenmead (at) Suggestions/comments are welcome.

Reading group

Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are invited to participate in a reading group. We will discuss a new book on the second Friday of each month at a location to be determined:

October 9, 2015 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Sukarieh, M. & Tannock, S. (2014). Youth Rising? The Politics of Youth in the Global Economy (Routledge).

November 13, 2015 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Lipman, P. (2011). The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and The Right to the City (Routledge).

December 11, 2015 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Warikoo, N. (2011). Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City (University of California Press)

February 12, 2016  | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Dillabough, J. & Kennelly, J. (2010). Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (Routledge)

March 11, 2016 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Kwan, S.A. (2013). Uncivil Youth: Race, Activism and Affirmative Governmentality (Duke University Press).

April 8, 2016 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Brown, R-N. (2013). Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood (University of Illinois Press).

May 13, 2016 | Friday | 4:00-6:00

Cox, A.M. (2015). Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press).

*Our reading list may change based on the release of new and relevant titles.

Public talk(s)

As a group, we will also identify speaker(s) to bring to campus who will help us expand the conversation on campus about public practices in the arts and humanities with youth.

Field trip

As a group, we will also plan a field trip to a nearby Imagining America affiliate that is engaging youth in public practices in the arts and humanities.