INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ARTIST COLLABORATIVE (ITAC)
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 who is in the Artistic Council for Seanse and Seanse Director Marit Ulvund,
The International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC) is now a world-wide network for artists who work in participatory settings to create positive social impact. These practitioners go by many titles in different countries and languages— often called Teaching Artists, Participatory Artists, Community Artists, or Socially Engaged Artists, and other titles.
Seanse is one of four ITAC hub. The role of an International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC) Hub is to provide a platform for organizations to deepen their own national/regional sector, offering access to a global network that facilitates cultural exchange, online learning and information sharing, and lobbying and advocacy.
Norway ITAC Hub
The Norway ITAC Hub is led by Seanse Art Center, an organization committed to helping children and youth experience and express themselves through art. Seanse offers artist residencies, seminars, workshops, and conferences. In 2012, Seanse hosted, with international partners, the first International Teaching Artist Conference in Oslo. SEANSE recently organised ITAC6 together with ITAC Collaborative, which took place online 29 - 31st August 2022, and in-person in Oslo Sept 1st - 3rd 2022, bringing together Teaching Artists from all over the world.
United States ITAC Hub
The United States Hub is co-hosted by the
New Zealand ITAC Hub
The ITAC Hub in New Zealand is hosted by the
South Korea ITAC Hub
Host of ITAC5 in 2020, the
In 2022 Seanse Art Center arranged the Sixth International Teaching Artist Conference as a 10 year anniversary from the start in 2012. The ITAC6 theme — ART AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE — explores the intersections of teaching artistry with education, health, environment, and society in the 2020s.
To see the ITAC6 program, photos and it's contributors go to ITAC6's event page.
What is an Teaching Artist?
Teaching Artists are the global workforce with the power to engage communities and creatively catalyze social change. As Teaching Artists face growing demands and a range of societal challenges, ITAC is committed to meeting Teaching Artists within their own unique contexts and supporting their increased impact.
Teaching artists, also known as artist educators or community artists, are professional artists who supplement their incomes by teaching and integrating their art form, perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings. Teaching artists work with schools, after school programs, community agencies, prisons, jails, and social service agencies. Eric Booth who is part of Seanses Artistic Council and together with Seanse leader Marit Ulvund initated ITAC1 that led to
ITAC’s History and Origins in Oslo
ITAC1 was arranged 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