About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

I teach and reach children in a unique and effective manner, integrating clear classroom guidelines, proven techniques and a warm personal style to bring children’s ideas to life.

 My conviction is that children are brimming with good ideas, insights and possibilities and are looking for ways to express themselves, but often struggle with the mechanics and conventions of language. When they are given the skills and format, they show a wonderful array of responses and an eagerness to engage in problem-solving. My task is to create a setting for them to discover that and to believe in themselves as learners.

 I collaborate with each teacher to adjust and design residencies that are engaging, exciting and effective. These content areas have covered the spectrum of the curriculum. Recently designed curricula have helped 2nd graders learn about sustainability of resources, 6th graders explore the psychological messages of myths, 4th graders improve vocabulary retention through creative movement and 5th graders gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Artist Biography

James B. McCarthy has earned high praise from many teachers, schools, students and various organizations for his innovative work in education and the arts, as well as arts initiatives in the community. He holds a Masters in Education from Harvard as well as a Masters in Fine Arts from UH Manoa. He is a Founding Faculty member of SEEQS Charter Middle School and also helped to start Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. As a practicing performing artist, a classroom teacher and a curriculum innovator James B. McCarthy combines imagination, inquiry, seamless classroom management and joy to craft memorable and effective residences for all ages and content areas.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.