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Integrating arts into education

Advantage: Arts and Science

Arts Opportunities

The Arts Partnership (TAP) Advantage: Arts and Science program works to integrate the arts into K-12 curricula, while exposing students to visual and performing arts experiences and providing teachers with the knowledge that they need to make the arts an integral part of their teaching toolkits.

Two key programs, the Muse Machine and Artist Residencies, exist within Advantage to connect students to the arts through live performances and classroom-based interactions with experienced artists. Teachers also benefit from these programs. The Muse Machine offers a Summer Institute for Teachers, a professional development opportunity that offers graduate credit in the latest STEAM and art integration techniques. 

Numerous opportunities exist to enhance student's perceptions and experiences of both visual and performing arts. At Chapman Cultural Center, classes, summer camps, performances, and events are continuously ongoing to strengthen appreciation for the arts. 

Objectives

  1. To ensure that the arts remain an essential aspect of the learning experience for students throughout Spartanburg County. TAP provides broad exposure to a variety of art forms and in-depth residencies to schools, teachers, and students of Spartanburg County in order to directly connect with working artists and provide hands-on experiences. Through grants, TAP offers significant subsidies for its programming with a goal of minimizing costs for schools themselves and to ensure access to its programs for schools with limited resources or those serving low-income populations.
  2. To expose students to a broad range of arts experiences and trained teaching artists working at the highest level of their craft. TAP programs regularly rely on artists who are listed on the SC Arts Commission Approved Artists List, indicating that they have received training in arts integration techniques and have logged significant time in the classroom. Both Muse Machine and Artist Residencies feature a variety of art forms, allowing students to explore their own interests and strengths as audience members and artists.
  3. To provide teachers with the knowledge that they need to make the arts an important part of their teaching toolkit, and to support them in their efforts to evaluate the impact of art activities on student learning. TAP helps train teachers in arts integration techniques and provides guidance for connecting arts activities to state learning standards. All TAP programs involve multiple levels of evaluation to assess both project success and impact on student learning. 
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Learn more about our 
Summer Institute for Teachers &
 Advantage programs. 

Learn more about our
K-12 Outreach