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Become a Teaching Artist

Teaching Artists Program
Free, Quality Arts Education for Rapid City's Public Elementary Schools

Teaching Artists Can:

  • Recieve training and pay while boosting your career.
  • Share your knowledge and skills in a meaningful way.
  • Build relationships within the community.
  • Be inspired by working with youth and local educators.

How it Works

  • Contact TAP coordinator Naomi Even-Aberle (Rapid City Arts Council's Education Director) to discuss your eligibility and/or complete the teaching artist application.
  • Once an application is approved, the artist will:
    • Participate in group TAP training and orientation with Mrs. Gabrielle Seeley, the 2012 Rapid City Public Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award winner and two-time winner of the Rapid City Academy Teacher of the Year Award. 
    • Become featured on the Teaching Artist online roster
  • The Rapid City Arts Council works with schools to line up residency sites.
  • Teaching Artists receive their residency site placements.
  • Teachers and artists meet one-on-one to discuss possible curriculum connections to art, student-learning goals, and process.
  • Artists visit a classroom and teach a one-hour session, once a week, for six consecutive weeks.
  • Students benefit, learn, and grow! And, so do artists!

For each six-week unit, a teaching artist will receive compensation of $600, which includes training and meeting time, lesson planning, and on-site teaching. Supplies will be provided by TAP.

TAP's Benefits for Local Schools and Students

  • Art is a catalyst for learning, and integrating arts instruction into the school day heightens a student's engagment across subjects.
  • Arts education isn't only creative, self-expressive, and fun, it teaches students to see clearly and think creatively. It is a practical tool for our future engineers, designers, architects, and scientists. 
  • Arts education cultivates a love for creative problem-solving, a vital skill for any occupation in our ever-changing world.
  • Art instruction provides classroom teachers with additional resources to strengthen student understanding on a variety of classroom topics.
  • The school, educators, and students strengthen ties to the Rapid City community as a whole.







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