August 29, 2014
by Anna Huntington, The Sculpture Project/Arts Rapid City
The Sculpture Project is expanding its school based programming this fall.
Teaching Artist Program, TAP, kicked off last spring and is slated to bring art education to five local elementary schools this semester. Sculptor Masayuki Nagase funded and helped develop TAP when he learned that Rapid City elementary schools do not offer formal art education.
If you are an artist and would like to share your talents with students, TAP needs you! If you are an educator looking to enrich your classroom with art education, we want to help! The Rapid City Arts Council implements TAP. Find out more on their website.
Passage to Schools is a family of K-12 dual-aligned lesson plans that use Passage of Wind and Water as a catalyst for education. Rapid City High School art and language teacher Gabrielle Seeley recently added six new K-3 lessons to the program with funding assistance from the South Dakota Arts Council.
The wholly unique lessons range in focus from poetry to storytelling to geology and are aligned with South Dakota's Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards. They emphasize original thinking and the process of observation and reflection.
The Field Trips! lesson helps teachers make school trips to The Sculpture Project more meaningful and educational. If you are an educator and would like to arrange a field trip to the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.