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Students at an exhibition

TAB 2023 is now in progress. Registration is closed. To be placed on a list to receive notifications and updates for TAB 2024, please email Please see below for program details from the 2023  Institute.

2023 TAB institute

Join us in Boston for the 2023 TAB Institute, “Cultivating Creative Communities”. We’ll explore the practices and habits that set the stage for thriving classroom studios where students feel welcome, safe and know their ideas matter. We will also address fostering relationships with colleagues, parents, caregivers and the larger community to support meaningful learning opportunities for both our students and ourselves.

For questions, please contact MassArt's Office of Professional and Continuing Education at


  • Content for both beginning and experienced practitioners
  • Cohort groups for elementary, middle, and high school
  • Participant lead content and exhibitions
  • Focus on building creative classroom and professional community
  • TAB instructional practices, assessment tools, and strategies
  • Studio center introductions and demonstrations
  • Teachers as makers in the art studio
  • Guest Speakers


  • Fully in person
  • Sessions July 17 to July 21, 2023
  • 2 graduate credits or non credit
  • On campus shared housing: arrive Sunday, July 16 & depart Saturday, July 22
  • Participants meet with an age level cohort


  • For on campus shared housing, arrive Sunday, July 16. Check in is 1pm - 4pm. Please notify us if you will be arriving outside this timeframe.
  • Classes are Monday - Friday, July 17 to July 21, 9:00am - 3:00pm, with optional studio evenings.

program cost and registration

TAB Non-credit Course Cost: $975
TAB Graduate 2 Credit Course Tuition: $1700

Refund Policy

  • Students who withdraw before June 1 will receive a refund of all payments.
  • A request in writing (email to to withdraw from the course is required.


On-campus shared rooms are available in MassArt's Tree House Residence Hall. Each room has two beds and a shared bath. They are available Sunday through Saturday (the program concludes on Saturday). Linens are provided; residents will bring their own toiletries.

Housing Costs

  • 2023 cost: $340


Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers graduate credits and issues an official transcript for work completed in the 2023 TAB Summer Institute. A Certificate of Completion may be used for MA Professional Development Points.

requirements for 2 Graduate Credits 2023

  • Pre-institute online component
  • Attend a minimum of 90 hours combined class time, pre-institute time, and studio time.
  • Share a media, technique, or process in the Studio.
  • Meet with one of the directors to discuss the final project.
  • Complete a final project. Past projects have included class websites, room design plans, curriculum mapping, and advocacy brochures.


MassArt is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for documented physical and learning disabilities. Requests for any accommodation should be made two months before the start of the course

About the Program

The Institute comprises classroom and studio activities, exhibits, and a pre-institute component.  Throughout the week some sessions will be open to all attendees while others are specific to age level cohorts (elementary, middle, high school). Additional workshops are offered daily with a range of topics. Students may enroll for 2 graduate credits or professional development points.


The pre-institute component takes place online in June, and is required for those taking the course for graduate credit. The readings, resources, and forum discussions prepare students for the institute by providing extensive information and building community.


TAB Teacher Participants Exhibit
On the last full day of the Institute artworks created by participants during the week will be on display. Teachers will curate and install the exhibit to be followed by an artists reception.

Studio Center Installations
Experienced TAB teachers are encouraged to share studio centers or media introductions at the TAB Institute. These will be installed in the studios for use by attendees. Materials and tools will be provided to those teachers who want to set up a studio center while traveling with limited space.