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April 13, 2014

By Sara Olivier, Arts Rapid City and Passage of Wind and Water Arts Collaborative

No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s prank. It’s the Teaching Artist Program (TAP) and it’s making an impact in the way students think about science, math, and other core subjects through visual art. The past two weeks, I’ve had great fun tagging along to learn more about the program and watch teaching artist Tyler Read and his art-hungry students in action. 

As I watched from the back of the classroom, Tyler integrated what the students were learning about in science (our solar system) with visual art fundamentals. The regular classroom teacher Ms. Thorson, also watching from her desk, smiled and said, “This is a great review of what we are studying, and the material will be on the standardized tests.” Read more.

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem,

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Sculpture Project call for writers, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, March 28, 2014

Ruth Brennan: TAP helps fill gap in school art, Rapid City Journal, March 27, 2014

New curricula explores sculpture project, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Feb. 13, 2014

The man behind the art, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Dec. 16, 2013

Artists tapping into local talent, Black Hills Knowledge Network, Dec. 12, 2013

Rapid City's heartfelt appreciation for Yuki, YouTube, Nov. 13, 2013








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