"As a Citizen-Artist, I recognize that I am fortunate to dedicate myself to the arts. Because of that privilege, I have learned lessons about persistence, grit, problem solving, creativity and communication. It will be my honor to pay those lessons forward." - Margo Drakos, ArtistYear Creed
I truly believe that all students should have access to grow, learn and create. Through my work as a teaching artist, my goal is to push my students past their inhibitions and expectations to learn more about themselves and how their work can positively influence their own lives as well as the community around them.
For the 2018-2019 school year, I am partnered with Americorps as an ArtistYear theater teaching artist. This means my year of service is spent in a Title I high school in Philadelphia using student-centered, standard-aligned arts education to enhance school climate, inspire active youth citizenship, and foster 21st century skills. Serving with ArtistYear has given me the opportunity to train in my craft, while I gain first-hand classroom experience that has strengthened my artistry, as well as my moral and civic motivations. Learning from the students in my classroom is the most rewarding gift I could receive, and I will carry these lessons with me for the rest of my life. To learn more about this program, visit our website!
With more than 8 years of experience and many lessons learned on artistry, community, failure, and everything in between, I am who I am because of my craft, my students and the organizations built to build these young people up while also taking me along for that ride.