COA is Getting READI

 Connecticut Office of The Arts (COA) is getting READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion) and your input is important to us!

COA is committed to READI and to supporting and fully engaging diverse members of our artist community in arts policy, practice and decision-making. Changing demographics invite opportunity for responsible and responsive social change by attracting NEW perspectives connecting creative minds, a mutual purpose through arts.  With that said, we are also committed to creating professional development that support artists, specifically artist that are READI.

We would like your input to help inform the development process of a READI track. The READI track will be a two-day conference that COA will be providing as an extension of COA’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Summer Institute that many teaching artists attend annually. The READI track is being designed specifically for artists.

Those who have a deeper interest in becoming a teaching artist are also encouraged to attend the entire HOT Schools institute. We will give 3 scholarships to READI artists who are not just interested in attending the READI series but that are also interested in attending the HOT Schools institute in its entirety.

 Your input is vital to shaping the workshops, focus points and facilitators that we select. Please proceed to take the survey below

* 1. What opportunities have you taken advantage of that have helped with your professional growth?

* 2. What knowledge will help you most as a professional artist that you have not been able to get anywhere else?

* 3. What workshop have you taken that you feel was greatly beneficial to informing your work as an artist and why?

* 4. Besides your art form where does your expertise as a professional artist lie?

* 5. Do you have a marketing plan?

* 6. If you do not have a marketing plan is this something you would like to develop?

* 7. If you were asked to submit a portfolio or artist press kit, is this something you would have?

* 8. If you could design your own professional development series what would it be focused on?

* 9. What topics around READI (relevance, equity, access, diversity and Inclusion) do you have most interest in? Please be very specific about what you would like to see addressed within the workshops. How does READI align with your artistry?

* 10. If you were offered an opportunity for a scholarship to attend a COA professional development conference, would you attend?

* 11. Teaching artists are individual practicing artists who specialize in teaching both in the classroom and in the community. Have you had opportunities as a teaching artist? In what kind of settings have you had the opportunity to be a teaching artist?

* 12. COA is developing a 2-day conference for CT Artists to be held either Sunday, July 9th and Monday ,July 10th OR Monday July 10th and Tuesday July 11th. Which option of dates would you most likely attend?