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 Student at Hall Fletcher Elementary showing off her shadow puppet.  Click the picture to see the WLOS video about this residency!

Student at Hall Fletcher Elementary showing off her shadow puppet. Click the picture to see the WLOS video about this residency!

Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools

Get a TAPAS artist in your classroom in 3 easy steps!

  1. Read the catalog and identify residencies that are aligned with the grade-level and subject area appropriate for your classroom.
  2. Complete the application by due date- next session will be Fall 2018.
  3. Enjoy a fantastic experience in your classroom as you  and your students build a relationship with a teaching artist!

TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) is an arts-integration program that implements high quality artist residencies to create craft and performance experiences across all curriculum. Since 2010, TAPAS has impacted more than 7,000 students, trained over 50 artists, and provided more than 800 days of artists in residence. Teachers report that 94% of TAPAS residencies scored as ‘excellent’ in student enthusiasm and participation; student understanding of the curriculum was deeper when taught as a creative project, and there was increased parent engagement in the classroom. Now in our 7th year, TAPAS has maintained the ability to be a cost-effective, far-reaching program with a profound impact on both individual artists and students in our community.

TAPAS is funded with generous support from the Sizemore family. We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Deborah Sizemore, a music teacher, with this robust arts integration program. You can learn more about Deborah Sizemore's life and work here.


Call to Artists!

We are accepting CV's and resumes from artists now. 

TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) is a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation to implement high quality artist residencies, promote and communicate the work of local artists, and meaningfully integrate visual and craft arts, performing and creative writing experiences into core curriculum in preschool–12th grade classrooms in the Asheville City Schools. This program successfully overcomes two barriers to providing inclusive, high quality arts education; TAPAS creates economic and career enhancing opportunities to talented local artists who are able to provide residencies to teachers and their students, and eliminates poverty as a deterrent to participation in our vibrant arts scene. Read the full description here...


TAPAS is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.



Miranda Musiker
Director of Grants and Scholarships