TC Arts Council’s Arts-In-Schools Program


Transylvania Community Arts Council (TC Arts) feels that arts programs are essential to the intellectual and personal growth of every young person. Whether in schools or communities, the arts help young people develop self-confidence, higher order thinking skills, discipline, interpersonal skills, academic success, and camp

This year, TC Arts celebrates 31 years of Arts-in-Schools with our annual schedule of performances, study guides, Artists Residencies, Take Art to Heart visual arts program, and the Transylvania County Student Art Show.

TC Arts makes more than 13,000 contacts among nearly 4,000+ public school students annually through Arts-in-Schools. Your support is needed! To help bring arts to life for area youth, contact Tammy Hopkins at 828-884-2787 or

Artists Residencies

TC Arts works with Transylvania County school administrators to place local and regional artists in the schools for week-long residencies with students, who are given a hands-on, sequential arts experience. The roster of artists is reviewed each year to maintain both educational and artistic quality and to add new artists as well. The current roster consists of about two dozen artists and encompasses everything from sculpture to drama and pottery, to creative writing and mask-making, visual arts to music, photography and creative movement, and much more.

 Take Art to Heart

Each school year, artist present eight monthly lessons to an assigned class of first, second or fourth or fifth grade students in one of the county’s elementary schools.


Lessons vary from one presenter to another, but all include components of art history, elements and principles of art, critical thinking, and subject or period themes—all reinforced with color art reproductions, discussions, games and activities.

“Take Art to Heart is a vital program”, says teacher Jennifer Cunniff. “First, it’s wonderful that members of the community care enough to share their time. Our Take Art to Heart instructor is a retired teacher who the students adore. She uses art to teach comparison and contrast, counting and new vocabulary. I hope and pray that this program will always be in the schools.”

“The art teacher makes art come alive,” says Louise Stroupe of Brevard Elementary. “Students look forward to it. They learn about art and math; th

e effects of light; the mood of a picture; about artists’ lives, where they lived; where they were in that point of time. They learn a new awareness and perspective on things. It’s a whole new social studies.”

Student Art Show

Every spring TC Arts and Transylvania County’s public school art teachers present the Transylvania County Student Art Show in order to recognize talented young artists and allow them to the opportunity to participate in the cultural landscape of our community.

The 21st annual Student Art Show took place in April at the TC Arts gallery located at 349 S. Caldwell St.  Each year the show features more than 150 works of art by students enrolled in an art class at their school. Kindergarten through senior high school students exhibit an extraordinary and enjoyable variety of work focusing on different subject matter and using many kinds of materials.

 Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

Arts In Schools Images for 2013-2014