Teaching Artist Mentor: In 2009, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CC&T) decided to create The Teaching Artist Pilot Mentorship Program. This program was designed to help Teaching Artists strengthen their skills, understanding, and abilities, particularly in the areas of developing documentation, and assessing high quality arts learning experiences. Thomasina was chosen to be one of the mentors in this program in order to help the CC&T strengthen its core teaching artist program. Thomasina leads Arts-in-Education workshops and training sessions at conferences and schools throughout the U.S. The most important part of her work, however, (and her favorite job) is working in classrooms directly with children and teachers helping them to create original songs, visual arts and poetry around a selected curricular topic. Themes vary from Mathematics to Native American studies to Exploring Art Masterpieces with Music & Poetry to Improving writing skills etc.