Sixth International Teaching Artist Conference

Applications to attend as a delegate are now closed! 13th of May we open up for digital registration!

ITAC 6 – 1-3 September 2022, OSLO, Norway

The Sixth International Teaching Artist conference will be held in Oslo, Norway in September 2022.
The ITAC6 theme — ART AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE — explores the intersections of teaching artistry with education, health, environment, and society in the 2020s.

ITAC conferences are the world’s dedicated gathering space for artists who work in communities, schools, and beyond, using their practice to create positive social change. Marking the 10th anniversary of our biennial gatherings, ITAC will return to its inaugural conference site — Oslo, Norway —on 1st -3rd September 2022. Since 2012 the ITAC conferences have been taking place in a different part of the world every 2 years, to give Teaching Artists (known by different titles such as community artist, participatory artist, socially-engaged artist, artist-educator, etc.) the space for international networking, professional development, accessing next, best, and radical practices, partnership building, knowledge exchanges and more. For ITAC6 the conference offers both in-person and online programming for delegates – we encourage you to apply to attend in either format.

We asked some of the projects that will present at ITAC6 What change does your artistic practice make?


Information and registration for the digial version of ITAC6 is coming soon!

Dates and Info

Mark your calendars for the following key ITAC6 dates. Additional dates to be announced.

  • February 22nd, 2022: Open call for proposals (to present at ITAC6)
  • March 22nd, 2022: Deadline for proposals
  • April 22nd, 2022: Proposal applicants notified

  • April 5th, 2022: Applications to attend as a delegate open (along with scholarship applications)
  • May 5th, 2022: Deadline for delegate

  • Registration to attend digital – Dates are coming shortly
  • August 7th, 2022: Deadline for digital registration

  • September 1-3, 2022: ITAC6 Conference

Stay tuned for more event details, application instructions, and information about how to attend ITAC6.
In the meantime, please contact if you have questions. 

Follow Seanse Art Center and ITAC Collaborative for more exciting announcements—
we can’t wait to welcome you next September!

ITAC’s History and Origins in Oslo

Conductor Juan Felipe Molano (Colombia) leading young musicians in a masterclass during ITAC1
Photo by Maria Antvort

In 2012, SEANSE carried out a project called «Teaching Artist Norway,” which would eventually become the first-ever International Teaching Artist Conference! Developed in close collaboration between Eric Booth (USA) and Marit Ulvund (Norway), ITAC1 featured a practical-artistic focus and international perspective, immediately garnering an enthusiastic reception from colleagues across the world.

Over three days in August 2012, 120 participants from 24 countries and six continents arrived at the House of Literature in Oslo. Dynamic and participatory keynotes, masterclasses, and seminars were held alongside workshops and papers presented by 25 delegates.

This was a first-of-its-kind event. Before ITAC1 even ended, Australia had announced its interest in continuing the momentum sparked in Oslo. As a result, ITAC2 was held in 2014 in Brisbane, hosted by the Queensland Performing Arts Center and Queensland University of Technology. ITAC3 jumped to Edinburgh in 2016, with Creative Scotland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation as organizers. During ITAC3, the Leadership Committee was formalized, and a delegation from Korea began to discuss plans to later host. ITAC4 was held in 2018 in New York, co-led by Carnegie Hall, DreamYard, and Lincoln Center Education. At this conference, the ITAC Collaborative was launched to offer a year-round platform to continue the connections and dialogue begun at ITAC conferences. Korea Arts & Culture Education Service (KACES) organized ITAC5 in 2020 from Seoul, pivoting to produce ITAC’s first digital conference, in response to Covid-19. This virtual experience helped broaden ITAC’s reach even further, with nearly 2,000 Teaching Artists joining live from across the world!

We are thrilled to continue connecting and amplifying the voices of Teaching Artists globally, and hope you will join us in Norway in 2022 as we collectively deepen this commitment.

Visual artist Marit Moltu (Norway) gathering ITAC1 participants for a masterclass exploring visual actions in Royal Park Photo by Maria Antvort