Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools

Artists are encouraged to apply for arts-integrated residencies to take place between October 16th, 2017 and December 15th, 2017. Limited artists will be accepted and are based on experience teaching visual arts, performance, or writing to children between the ages of 3-18. We are looking for high impact and unique connections between creative arts and core curriculum.

Approved residencies will be matched with teachers in the Asheville City Schools and could be funded up to $1,200. A stipend half day training will be required for all artists.

Submit your residency proposal by September 1st, 2017.


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.

application tips For Teachers

  1. Read the catalog, and identify artists who are aligned with the grade-level and subject area appropriate for your classroom.
  2. Contact Miranda Musiker at ACSF for assistance, or contact the artist directly. Talk with the artist about the need you have in your classroom, and be open to their great ideas about how to connect their artistry with your curriculum.
  3. Complete the application after you have talked with the artist and Miranda.
  4. Enjoy a fantastic experience in your classroom as you build a relationship with a teaching artist.
  5. Complete a brief evaluation of the residency and submit it to ACSF.

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