In August 2014 Soul-Fusion teaching artist Kim Poole arrived in Nigeria with a mission to empower women to celebrate their resilience and encourage cross-cultural communication & peacebuilding through the Music for Change concert series. From this launch pad, the Teaching Artist Institute was birthed and the Mission Music workshop series its first brainchild.
The Mission Music workshop series uses art to engage artists and artisans in an evidence-based curriculum that teaches the importance of using creative expression as a tool for social transformation. Teaching fellow artists and artisans the core tenants of teaching artistry to understand our global cultural and artistic economy, as well as a method for including an element of creative social responsibility into all forms of knowing is the ultimate goal of the Teaching Artist Institute.
The Teaching Artist Institute provides an opportunity for artists to learn techniques for social transformation through artistic expression
To train artists and artisans as educators of socially engaged art.
To establish and maintain a teaching artist collective.
To advocate cross-cultural communication and mutual understanding through art
To create a platform for teaching artist expression