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The Art of Outreach

The Art of Outreach

By TAEA Outreach
This Tennessee Art Associations podcast will deepen the connection between TN art eductors, celebrate outreach emanating from their classrooms, and amplify young, creative, visual art voices across all regions of TN
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Episode 16 with Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton

The Art of Outreach

Season 2 Episode 1 with Bonnie Bentley
TRIGGER WARNING- In this episode some very traumatic experiences are recounted and spoken about at length. On Saturday, August 21st the mid-south had one of the most devastating flooding events in recorded history. Bonnie Bentley art teacher at Waverly Central High School lost most of the supplies in her classroom in the flood and is grieving 20 members of her tight nit community. In this episode, Bonnie discusses how the flood has impacted her community, how she's making it through, why she's going back even after 29 years in the art classroom, and supplies she might need (she actually doesn't even know fully what has and hasn't made it from her classroom) when her students go back sometime in the next month or so. The TN Art Education Association will be collecting supplies for all three Art Classrooms at the Fall Conference. The Educators' Cooperative will be accepting general classroom supplies. Contact with questions If you would like to reach out to Bonnie directly her email is If you know of other art classrooms that were impacted by the flood please reach out to Mike at Bonnie has started a go fund me for her neighbor that she mentions in the podcast. If you'd like to know more about it follow this link
September 08, 2021
Episode 21 w/ Janie Giles Carp
Janie Giles Carp is a K-8 art teacher at Community Montessori in Jackson, TN.  She has an awesome podcast with her friend and colleague Callie (Dr.Callie Dollar) called Art of Place Podcast and its available wherever you get your podcasts or @artofplacepodcast on Instagram or Art of Place Podcast on facebook  You can also engage with Janie and Callie @CallieJanie on their twitter feed for Art of Place Podcast
April 24, 2021
Episode 20 w/ Sydney Ray
I found out about Sydney through Sisavahn Phoutavaong Houghton who sent me the link to her incredible zine "The Remains" about women artists she sought to know more about. Her illustrations of each artist are as filled with as much passion and curiosity as each thoroughly researched essay. I immediately bought 5 copies to give out to fellow artists and educators. I hope one day it will be required reading for art education programs and until then I hope everyone else buys 5 copies and spreads them around! or @sydneySunRay on Instagram to find out more about her work
April 24, 2021
Episode 19 w/Margarita Sandino
We are so excited about this episode with Margarita Sandino Director of Education for Dixon Gallery and Gardens. With co/host Adrianna Cadena we talk about Margarita's experience in museums in Colombia and the US, ways to decenter whiteness in museums and your classroom and a whole lot more! It's one of our favorite episodes to date.
January 08, 2021
Episode 18 with Rebecca Bianucci
In this episode Fayetteville High School art teacher Rebecca Bianucci talks about her love of clay, making her classroom a safe space, how art can heal individuals and help heal communities, how failure is baked into the art process, and how grateful she is to be teaching at Fayetteville HS and how principal Mccormick and her co-workers make it feel like family. This 2nd year art educator is wise beyond her years and it's definitely a conversation I will come back to if I need to be reminded that our students are the why? Follow her students on Instagram
November 24, 2020
Episode 17 with Jennifer Shiberou
In this interview Jennifer Shiberou talks about how being at Colonial Middles School allows her to build community in subtle but powerful ways, allowing 8th graders to stretch their conceptual skills, her mentor teacher from HS, what it's like to teach in the district that educated you, what the TN Art Education Association means to her and so much more!
November 23, 2020
Episode 16 with Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton
In this episode the head of MTSU painting department Sisavanh Phouthavong talks about how art gave her a language when she was new to the United States, her consistent studio practice, her passion for her students, teaching even though SHE CAN, outreach in her work and her role at MTSU and living with other artists! Please listen, share, and subscribe if you value art education! Visit her website Follow her on instagram @sisavanhphouthavong or @mtsupainting Subscribe to her youtube channel here
November 05, 2020
Episode 15 with Briana Burtsell
Briana Burtsell is the President of Ideas at Hillsboro High School in Nashville,TN. In this episode she talks about how creative/studio practice IS her teaching practice. She jokes that when people ask her about her medium she says "teenagers". You can follow her class including their recent project of painting a Nissan Car as part of Nissan rolling out their new color of orange on her Instagram @msburtsell
October 29, 2020
Episode 14 with Beth Reitmeyer
Beth talks about how all art that is shared creates community, how the Elements &Principles of design are for art & life, her current project of creating a thunderstorm, and self care of walking in her park and a public project she's working on for it. Follow her on Instagram @beth.reitmeyer or visit her website
October 26, 2020
Episode 13 with Andrea Larsen
Andrea Larsen teaches k-3 art at Sam Houston Elementary School in Maryville,TN. She says "I am obsessed with learning new things" and in this episode we talk about how that desire to learn new art techniques and process not only meets her personal needs as an artist but how it pushes her teaching practice and how she serves her 400 young artists. You can follow her youtube where she has lesson tutorials here and follow her Instagram feed @mslarsenart
October 08, 2020
Episode 12 with Lauren Klein
Lauren Klein is the founder of Aesthetic Autonomy, Art, Hair, Futures. If you like thinking deeply about the world you'll love this episode that finds Lauren in Mexico City explaining Futures Literacy, the importance of hair to all of us, and giving kids the tools to live in their preferred rather than probable futures. It was a fascinating conversation that I am still digesting almost 3 months later. To find out more about Lauren's research and practice visit her website or follow her on Instagram @laurencklein Intro and outro music are snippets of Futuresimo by Cobol Pongide you can hear the entire song and view the license link  here
October 07, 2020
Episode 11 with Brouquelle Deck
Brouquelle Deck has an amazing story about how she became the art teacher for one thousand three hundred fifty artists in Hamilton County. She is in her third year as a teacher and says she's never repeated a project! Her teacher and Episode 6 guest Dr. Jeremy Blair once stopped her mid class and said write down what you just said. " I really think I want them to show me what art is." This has become the guiding philosophy in her art classrooms. Yup, she has all those kids and balances two administrations and two school cultures. There is a lot to learn from this incredible art educator. Follow her on Instagram @art_with_ms.deck
September 30, 2020
Episode 10 with Bobbi Negrón
Bobbi Negrón is the art teacher at Paragon Mills Elementary School in Nashville, TN. In our 10th episode, she talks about Radio Dignity 104.1 a radio station she helped start as part of Workers Dignity that fights for the rights of workers in Nashville as well as how those projects flow in and out of her art classroom, the similarities and differences of teaching in a public and private school and how art gave her a voice as a young student when she was struggling with learning a new language. @workersdignityproject Music from the Free Music Archive- "Agua" by Katreh-Quey Photo from Radio Dignity 104.1 FB Page
September 23, 2020
Episode 9 with Peg Koetsch
To celebrate Arts in Education Week here at the Art of Outreach we want to highlight an institution that has been reaching out to teachers for a long time! Peg Koetsch is the Director of Distance Learning at The Smithsonian American Art Museum. Join us as we talk about the why and how of scheduling a FREE video conference with Peg and her staff at SAAM. Music by Chad Crouch from Album Arps available on the AMAZING Free Music Archive Note that Nam June Paik Sculpture from SAAM collection in background of Peg's picture
September 15, 2020
Episode 8 with Juan Rojo
Juan Rojo is an artist and runs his classes at Southwind HS like a studio. In this interview he talks about his studio practice, having a gallery in Memphis and in Spain, remote learning, outreach through murals and a whole lot more. My favorite thing he says is "People bad talk Memphis, but they shouldn't" Hear his passionate defense of Memphis at the end of the interview and why he loves living there and shout out to Principal Hardiman our unofficial Administration Art Advocate of the Week!
July 16, 2020
Episode 7 Interview with Christopher Taylor
"The day I think I know everything is the day I need to retire." Wow! Christopher says so many amazing things in this interview that covers his unique path to being an artist who educates to how he used Teams and Google classroom during shelter at home as well as how his own work has always been therapeutic when he needs to reset his own emotions. You can see his work he talks about in this episode at *note- in the podcast Chris says TAEA paid for workshops. He meant to say Shelby County Schools pays for TAA summer workshop.
July 09, 2020
Episode 6 with Dr. Jeremy Blair
Dr. Jeremy Blairis an assistant professor of Art Education at School of Art,Craft & Design Tennessee Tech University. In this episode we cover his experience in K-12, as a museum educator, and now as a college professor and how now matter where he's teaching he's always striving to be the ultimate mentor. He talks about cameraless photography, outreach, and how he can be a resource to anyone who needs to now what STEAM is. @jeremyblairart @tntecharted on Instagram
July 01, 2020
Episode 5 Interview with Lakesha S. Moore
In this interview Lakesha Moore Coordinator of Art Education at Tennessee State University talks about what she learned teaching on zoom, building outreach into her life practice, how making Art is an affirmation and confirmation, and the importance of Infinity Fellowship's weekly affirmation call. Find out more about her work at
June 24, 2020
Episode 4 Interview with Mary Klages
Mary Klages is a senior in TN Tech University and seems wise beyond her years. She cites teachers and professors who have been influential in her life as well as her love for ceramics and how she wants to include outreach in her future classroom.
June 23, 2020
Episode 3 with Jennifer Lamb
Spring Hill HS teacher Jennifer Lamb talks about her love of painting, people, and curriculum development. Hear how she became an art teacher, why she is a member of TAEA and what she gets from TN Arts Academy and hear what object, person, and place she's grateful for. This episode like Jennifer raises the bar! Find out more about her classroom on her website
June 15, 2020
Episode 2 interview with Maggie Ferrell
Highland Park Elementary art teacher Maggie Ferrell talks about validation, how her studio practice feeds her teaching practice, and how her principal took a chance on her. She's only been teaching for four years but Maggie has the heart of a veteran Art Educator! She is @HPES_Artroom on twitter
June 15, 2020
The Art of Outreach Episode 1 with Nichole Rich
Nichole Rich is an elementary school art teacher in Historically rural Mount Pleasant,TN in Maury County about an hour and fifteen minutes south of Nashville. She said "I didn't even know what oils pastels were until I was 18!" How did she go from very little exposure to art near the mountains in East Tennessee to an incredible art teacher exposing her students to 3d pens, stop animation, painting, drawing and everything in between? Join me as I chat with this passionate artist who educates in our first ever #artteacherfeature
June 10, 2020
The Art of Outreach Trailer
Welcome to The Art of Outreach Podcast. A Tennessee Art Education Association initiative that seeks to create a platform that will deepen the connection between Tennessee's brilliant art educators, celebrate outreach projects emanating from their classrooms, and amplify young, creative, visual arts voices across all regions of Tennessee. We hope you join us for future episodes. We feel this podcast will further our mission to advance quality visual arts educations and to provide a cohesive professional community through advocacy, leadership and professional development.
May 28, 2020