Today we had the opportunity to attend part of the Teaching Artist Program (TAP), at the ASU Fulton Center. It was an educational and inspiring training! The Kennedy Center provided a thorough and valuable interactive session. We were very impressed with the discussion groups and resources! The Abbett Family Foundation is proud to co-sponsor this amazing opportunity to train local artist to share their talents in an educational setting. The ability to integrate art and school curriculum will provide art awareness and understanding through an art form. Students will engage in a creative process which connects that art form and their subject matter, building the students knowledge and skills through arts integration. The program will also build teacher capacity to teach through the arts.
To meet the growing demand for highly qualified teaching artists, over the next 3 years, ASU Gammage plans to train 90 local artists by providing them an opportunity to implement creative and educational lesson plans for the classroom, seamlessly integrating art and learning for K-12 Valley students.
The Molly Blank Fund – ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Program (TAP) is designed to create teaching artists in the metro Phoenix area that have been trained in the Kennedy Center arts integration method. After training, these teaching artists will develop residency lesson plans that will be implemented in a classroom setting. TAP artists will also be listed on ASU Gammage’s Teaching Artist Roster helping them to secure future teaching opportunities.
The program is limited to 30 – 40 local artists (both novice and experienced) who can commit to the entire program, which spans a school year. The program is being offered for the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 school year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort has been filled with qualified applicants. Applicants will be notified of their status within a month of their application.
TAP artists will also be required to observe an arts-integrated workshop in one of the Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley school districts. TAP artists will also participate in workshops, such as AZ State Department of Education Standards, classroom management, and marketing.
After the initial training, TAP artists will develop a residency plan with arts-integrated lesson plans. With assistance from ASU Gammage and their partnering districts, TAP artists will implement a residency in one of their partner schools.
The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists Program Roster and further information about this phenomenal program and opportunity can be found at: https://www.asugammage.com/community/school-programs/molly-blank-fund-teaching-artists-program.