Artists in Schools & Communities


Avonworth Elementary School

Fall 2016 marked the beginning of a Teacher Artist Partnership between Resident Artist Alison Zapata, and Avonworth Elementary third grade teachers Mrs. Becky Kolesar and Mrs. Julia Udovich. The sixty day Long Term Residency covered five units of study while integrating arts with science, math, language arts, and social studies for a truly interdisciplinary, STEAM experience.

The 3rd grade students learned about local Pennsylvania environments and pollinators, cultural diversity and holiday celebrations, rocks and mineral, and the planets and solar system while reinforcing Avonworth School District’s focus on Human Centered Design, 21st Century Skills, and Common Core Standards.

Over the course of the TAP Project, Ms. Zapata was joined in the classroom by six other Visiting Artists, who were chosen for their familiarity with their artform’s intersections with science, technology, engineering, and math. The students also experienced field trips to PCA&M’s Marshall Galleries and to the Carnegie Museum’s Hillman Hall of Gems & Minerals.

Read a selection of  TAP Art Newsletters to learn more about this amazing and ongoing Long Term Residency Project!