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Transformative Teaching Artist Richena Brockinson

Richena Brockinson, MCG Youth & Arts teaching artist

Richena Brockinson, MCG Youth & Arts teaching artist

 

MCG Youth & Arts teaching artist Richena Brockinson was selected as one of ten Pittsburgh-area arts educators to receive the New Sun Rising Transformative Teaching Artist Award. Brockinson was once a student at MCG and returned years later to teach in the photography department where she imbues her classes with a special blend of kindness, caring, and tough love.

With the support of the Heinz Endowments, New Sun Rising awarded the 10 finalists $5,000 each and recognized their work with youth from African American and distressed communities.

“I am honored to be a part of a group of such outstanding teaching artists; such beautiful and inspiring people,” said Brockinson.

The Transformative Teaching Artist Award not only shines a light on the exceptional educators who won the award, but on the important role of all teaching artists. According to a statement released by New Sun Rising, “Teaching artists play critical roles in the lives of the youth they serve, providing not only artistic skill building, but caring, support, and mentorship. Yet those teaching artists who have chosen this as their life’s work face great challenges in building teaching artist careers.”

For more than 10 years, New Sun Rising has supported innovative organizations that create economic opportunity and solve social challenges.

The Heinz Endowments focuses on stirring creativity, learning, and environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the region.

In addition to Brockinson, winners included Alisha Wormsley, Kim El, Celeta Hickman, Jordan Taylor, Shimira Williams, Akil Esoon, Mario Quinn Lyles, Bekezela Mguni, and Thomas Chatman.