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TAT Lab is a statewide community of teaching artists, arts specialists, youth arts providers, and certified classroom teachers committed to transformative teaching and learning in and through the arts. TAT Lab provides workshops, resources, and mentorship to arts educators across Washington State. We deepen our teaching craft by exploring instructional strategies, arts learning standards, social emotional learning (SEL) and social justice frameworks.

TAT Lab welcomes arts educators with all identities who teach in many different contexts and work in any arts discipline. Join our yearly cohort of arts educators through the Core Program or check out ongoing community workshops and events.

Core Program

Develop your teaching craft with a statewide community of teaching artists and arts educators through the TAT Lab Core Program! In this 7-month program, participants explore learning plan design, learning frameworks, and teaching methods. Faculty and participants seek to create more inclusive and culturally responsive learning spaces for youth. The Core Program focuses on community building, creative thinking, racial justice, and social emotional well-being for both students and educators. Share your expertise and learn alongside peers who are working in various contexts and artistic disciplines across Washington state.

Annual program applications are open to Washington State arts educators, teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers working in any artistic discipline.

Other Events

Join TAT Lab events to build community, explore relevant topics in arts education, and celebrate the work of arts educators.

These stand-alone virtual events are open to teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers across Washington state. Events are facilitated by TAT Lab faculty and/or guest presenters and are offered throughout the year.

No previous TAT Lab experience required, and TAT Lab Alumni are welcome.

Sliding scale pricing from $0-$40.

Free Clock Hours are available for all events through OSPI.

Closed captioning available at all events.

Upcoming Events

Connect: A TAT Lab Conversation

October 5, 2021 | 4:30-6:00pm

Join us in a conversation celebrating the successes and reflecting on the challenges in teaching and learning this year. This is an informal gathering designed to spark conversation, share strategies with peers, and think together moving forward as a state-wide community of arts educators.

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Connect: Black, Brown, Indigenous & Asian Teaching Artists

November 3, 2021 | 4:30-6:00pm

Join us in a conversation celebrating the successes and reflecting on the challenges in teaching and learning this year. This is an informal gathering designed to spark conversation, share strategies with peers, and think together moving forward as a state-wide community of arts educators.

This conversation is for Washington state teaching artists, school-based arts specialists, youth arts providers, and classroom teachers who self-identify as BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, or Asian) or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color). We welcome intersectional identities, including (but not limited to) African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, mixed race, and white-passing people who identify as BBIA/BIPOC and are prepared to honor and explore the nuances of being white-passing in this context. Not sure you belong at this event and want to talk about it? Email TATLab@PNB.org

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Ideas to Action: Anti-Racist Practices in Arts Education

January 20, 2022 | 4:00-6:30pm

Interested in better understanding the nuances of anti-racist practices in our field? Join us to explore both the historical context of white supremacy within arts/education/arts education and strategies to disrupt this system. This workshop will support a deepening understanding of principles pertaining to anti-racist teaching practices and will invite and guide participants to reflect and implement actionable strategies into their own practices.

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Connect: A TAT Lab Conversation

May 19, 2022 | 4:30-6:00

Join us in a conversation celebrating the successes and reflecting on the challenges in teaching and learning this year. This is an informal gathering designed to spark conversation, share strategies with peers, and think together moving forward as a state-wide community of arts educators.

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Faculty

Lauren Appel (she/her)

Faculty/Mentor

Lauren has worked at many educational and cultural institutions in Washington and New York including a recent role as an Elementary Art/MakerSpace Specialist with Seattle Public Schools, and past work with Arts Corps, Hilltop Artists, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Lauren holds a BA in theatre from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

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Daemond Arrindell (he/him)

Faculty/Mentor

Daemond is a multi-genre writer, arts educator, and performer. He is a faculty member of Freehold Theatre – leading poetry and theatre residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for fifteen years. His work has appeared in City Arts, Specter, Crosscut, Poetry NorthWest, and Seattle Review of Books. In 2019, he performed his first one-man show, “Frozen Borders,” a performative exploration in imagery, poetry and emotion on the subject of the United States’ southern border. Currently, Daemond is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College.

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Shannon Barnes (she/her)

Program Co-Director/Faculty

Shannon is a dance educator and arts administrator committed to inclusive and creative practices. As Director of Community Education at Pacific Northwest Ballet, she oversees community-based programs and partnerships with public schools. Shannon is the 2018 Dance Educators Association of Washington Dance Educator of the Year and a guest instructor for Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle University. Shannon holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from the University of Washington and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Dance in Community from Laban, London.

Ann Marie Caldwell

Ann Marie Caldwell (she/her)

Program Coordinator/Faculty

Ann Marie finds joy in creating art with students and supporting arts education programs. A TAT Lab alum, she now serves as TAT Lab Coordinator and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs Manager. Ann Marie has taught with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Macha Theatre Works, Youth Theatre Northwest, Arts Corps, Book-It, Arts West, and schools. Ann Marie strives to create a welcoming space for all students to express themselves, take risks, and succeed together. Ann Marie grew up in Idaho and holds a BA in theatre.

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Carina A. del Rosario (she/her)

Faculty/Mentor

Carina is a cultural worker who uses visual art, writing and teaching to build community. Her art has been exhibited in various venues and supported with grants from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture and Puffin Foundation. She teaches youth to express their experiences and advocate for what matters to them through art. She serves on Seattle Public School’s Antiracist Arts Education Task Force and specializes in arts integration at Arts Corps. KCTS presented her with its 2020 Golden Apple Award.

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Janet Hayakawa (she/her)

Program Co-Director/Faculty

Janet is the Program Supervisor for The Arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the primary agency charged with overseeing public K-12 education in Washington state. She holds a MA in educational theatre from New York University. Janet is a currently practicing visual artist with experience as a classroom teacher, teaching artist, playwright, workshop facilitator, and program manager. She has worked for the Seattle Public Schools, the Creative Arts Team/New York University, WNET, the Education Development Center, and Densho.

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Tamar Krames (she/her)

Program Co-Director/Faculty

Tamar joins the TAT Lab team as a multimedia artist, National Board Certified teacher, instructional coach, and arts administrator. Her work in schools is an ongoing exploration of how equity ideals show up in the everyday craft of teaching. As ArtsWA’s Arts in Education (AIE) Program Manager, Tamar oversees a variety of programs that support the creative practices of youth and educators. Tamar holds a Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Tina LaPadula (she/her)

Faculty/Mentor

Tina LaPadula is a warrior for equitable arts education. For more than 15 years she poured her creative energy into Arts Corps, the award winning arts and social justice nonprofit she helped found. Currently, she serves as the Arts Education Manager at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, overseeing the The Creative Advantage. Tina supports the development of teaching artists locally and nationally through the Seattle Teaching Artist Network and as a national advisor for the Teaching Artist Guild.

TAT Lab Spotlight

See how TAT Lab 2021 built a community of practice with teaching artists and arts educators across Washington State.

TAT Lab programs are courageous spaces that invite all arts educators working in Washington State regardless of race or ethnicity, gender and gender expression, ability/disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or any other identities to be their true selves.

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Funding Partners

Major funding and support for TAT Lab is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington State Arts Commission and Pacific Northwest Ballet, with additional support from Jubilation Foundation.

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