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 9th 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.

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



Katie Dalton
TAPAS Grant Manager

Copland Arnold Rudolph
Executive Director