teaching artists presenting in asheville schools 

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.


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 8th 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.

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 due by January 28th, 2019.

  3. Enjoy a fantastic experience in your classroom as you and your students build a relationship with a teaching artist!



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.



Katie Dalton
TAPAS Grant Manager

Kate Pett
Executive Director