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.