New Teaching-Artists Program Seeks Artists

Monday, July 8, 2013

Visual artists are urged to apply to a new teaching artists-program. The Rapid City Arts Council is partnering with the Main Street Square sculpture project to launch the program in spring 2014.

Teaching Artist Program, TAP, will train artists to teach art in local elementary schools. Artists will travel to classrooms and collaborate with classroom instructors.

"Art is a catalyst for learning," said Naomi Even-Aberle, TAP administrator and co-director of education for the arts council. "Integrating arts instruction into the school day heightens students' engagement with their education across subjects."

A pilot will start up in two Rapid City elementary schools and the Lakota Waldorf School in Kyle in spring 2014. TAP is scheduled to expand in following years in cooperation with the Rapid City school district.

The program is entirely funded by sculptor, Masayuki Nagase, through The Sculpture Project. Nagase included TAP in his project proposal after learning formal visual arts education is absent from local elementary schools.

TAP is modeled on a similar program from the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, Calif. Lessons meet South Dakota state education standards.

"We hope this program plants seeds of creativity and imagination," Nagase said.

The program invites visual artists from all disciplines working in the Black Hills region to apply. Apply at rcsculptureproject.com.

For additional information, contact Anna Huntington, Community Arts Coordinator with Destination Rapid City, at 605-716-7979 or anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

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