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Bring Free Arts Education to Your School

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

How it Works

  • Schools interested in TAP contact TAP coordinator Naomi Even-Aberle (Rapid City Arts Council's Education Director) to discuss eligibility and teaching artist availability: 
    • Phone: 605.934.4101 ext. 205  Email:
  • Principal approves of program and schedule.
  • Teaching Artists receive their residency site placements.
  • Teachers meet one-on-one with the artist to discuss curriculum connections, student-learning goals, and process.
  • Artists visit a classroom and teach a one-hour session, once a week, for six consecutive weeks. Each artist is trained by 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.
  • Watch your students benefit, learn, and grow!


TAP's Benefits

  • Art is a catalyst for learning, and integrating arts instruction into the school day heightens a student's engagment across subjects.
  • Art 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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