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Get To Know Teaching Artist Katie Cheng

Fine Arts Teaching Artist Katie Cheng is a visual artist, born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in Studio Art, and a minor in Biology from Macaulay Honors College, CCNY. Since then she has worked with several cultural and academic institutions to increase access to educational opportunities, across disciplines. Her current artwork continues to draw from her interdisciplinary interests in the arts and sciences. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education at Hunter College.

Tell us about your artistic practice and how working with children inspires you.
When I begin to put ink (or paint) to paper, I don’t always start with a solid idea. Working with children as a Teaching Artist constantly reminds me that it is OK to begin with a tinkling of an idea and let your imagination run wild. Listening to children tell stories and use their ever-growing imagination in creative ways inspires me to continue to do the same as an adult.

Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I used to draw and paint alongside my mother. She would set up a small workspace for me beside her own art table. She inspires me to keep making things.

What do you enjoy most about working at CMA?
Working at CMA is honestly so much fun! I love seeing how a TA-designed project can end up taking many different forms when our young visitors make art with us!

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