About The Artist In Residence Program:
A proposal for a residency at TAPA should be for two, five, eight or ten weeks. We ask that artists propose a residency time that best suits their program. Artists in Residence at TAPA commit to five days a week, 2.5 hours a day, during the time of their residence. In the areas of Drama, Film and Dance, priority is given to ten week proposals.Student Population:What TAPA wants from our Artists in Residence:
A successful Artist in Residence:
•Provides active hands-on arts classes that keep all students busy and focused, while teaching concrete skills.
•Sets clear expectations, provides patient and firm instruction, and has strong classroom management skills.
•Is skilled at teaching beginners: while passionate, our students are not yet strong in the arts.
•Has a passion and a proven ability to work with middle school students.
•Understands the joys and the limitations of working with pre-teens/teenagers.
•Is a team player, prepared to co-teach with TAPA’s academic teachers, and be an active part of a professional learning community
•Will ignite a student’s passion for the arts: The successful Artist in Residence enters a class of amateurs and ends with a class of artists.
•Is a master of his/her craft.What TAPA gives to our Artists in Residence:
•Professional support, in the form of a 1-hour-per-day Arts Integration meeting, where artists, teachers and Artistic Director meet to discuss Arts Integration, Curriculum, and challenges.
•An environment where the arts, and artists, are respected and are considered core members of the TAPA community.
TAPA’s students are passionate artists who have had little-to-no arts experience prior to coming to our school. Each class serves 34 students (either 7The Artist in Residence will instruct TAPA students in his/her chosen art form, and work in direct collaboration with TAPA’s academic teachers to provide daily hands-on integrated arts instruction. The Artist in Residence is responsible for both a 1.5 hour/day Arts class, and 1 hour/day working with classroom teachers to integrate the arts into every class, every day.th or 8th grade); demographically, the majority of TAPA’s students are high-poverty students of color, many of whom are bilingual English-Spanish. We are a fully arts-integrated charter secondary school located on Providence’s Southside. The performing arts (Drama, Dance, Music and Film) are taught by Artists in Residence as part of the core curriculum. At TAPA the arts are not an afterschool program, an add-on, or a “special:” learning through the arts is the core of TAPA’s academic mission. All teachers at TAPA are artists, and the arts are integrated into all academic subjects and the academics are integrated into the arts.
Assumptions and Agreements
•As a member of the TAPA community, Artists in Residence are expected to occasionally attend out-of-school-time events, including but not limited to talent showcases, family dinners and local performances. Attendance at a reasonable number of these events is expected without further compensation.
•As a member of the TAPA school community, Artists in Residence are expected to understand and utilize certain school-wide norms and expectations. During late August, a mandatory one-day unpaid training is provided for all Artists in Residence.
The proposal must contain:
•A cover letter explaining how your work aligns with TAPA’s mission and vision.
•An Artist’s resume and/or portfolio (for both the applicant and any assistants) that includes successful experiences working with urban youth.
•A proposal for your time as an Artist in Residence at TAPA, including:
◦A week-by-week outline of your course, including objectives, skills that will be taught,
◦A completed “Alignment Chart” (see attached documents) which shows how your program/area of study aligns to the RI Arts Standards.
◦A description of the deliverable(s) that students will produce at the end of your course
◦Suggestions for integrating your art form into the academic classes (Math, Science, Historical Perspectives and English Language Arts), specifically referencing the Arts Integration Pyramid (attached).
◦A price quote for the cost of your residency: Artist bids must be include all expenses. If compensation beyond an hourly wage is required (for example: tools and supplies for set building, copies of a final DVD or CD for students, etc), the quote must be itemized to reflect these needs.
12 noon Wednesday, July 20
th 2011Submit Proposal To:
Elizabeth A. Richards, Artistic DirectorMs.Richards@TAPAprovidence.org (electronic submissions preferred)
TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
393 Broad Street, Providence RI 02907
Office: (401) 432-7881
Fax: (401) 432-7882
We will hold two question and answer sessions for candidates who need assistance in completing the application, at TAPA from 10am – 12 noon on Monday June 27th, and Wednesday June 29
th. After those dates, please email questions to the address above.