Unless you’re a teacher, a student, or a parent, you may not know about the TRAC School Art Programs. Through generous grants from the NC Arts Council, a state agency, TRAC has been able to expose the youth in both Mitchell and Yancey Counties to the arts. From almost first to almost to the last day, TRAC has artists in the school. Schools set the schedules and students meet with these professionals to learn about their art form and to have an opportunity for a hands-on experience in that discipline. Ask your kids about these activities!

We are always on the lookout for new artists, new experiences for the kids. According to a just released Department of Education report “1.3 million of our nation’s public elementary school students receive no specific instruction in music, and nearly 4 million students receive no specific instruction in the visual arts.” We’ve been trying to change that in our local communities. We’re talking to artists now for the fall school season. If you’re interested in making a difference, getting a smile, hearing laughter or no sound at all as they sit, mouths open, eyes wide at the words of a storyteller, then give Kate a call at 682-7215 or email toeriverarts@gmail.com.

Terry McKinney, well known local musician and long-time TAPS instructor, entertains and interacts with kids at Greenlee Primary School in Spruce Pine. He and his wife, Ruth, are two of the many artists who work 1 to 3-week residencies in Mitchell and Yancey County. Terry is teaching the young students not only about the music, the instruments, the old-timey songs, but how to have fun learning to play all sorts of instruments.

April Turner

April Turner presents her program, Dancing Stories, to the students in all the Avery County Elementary Schools—Riverside, Banner Elk, Newland, Crossnore and Freedom Trail. She brought the kids together with her rhythms of harvest, wedding, traditional, and uplifting dances of every day life in Africa.

Unless you’re a teacher, a student, or a parent, you may not know about the TRAC School Art Programs. Through generous grants from the NC Arts Council, a state agency, TRAC has been able to expose the youth in both Mitchell and Yancey Counties to the arts. From almost first to almost to the last day, TRAC has artists in the school. Schools set the schedules and students meet with these professionals to learn about their art form and to have an opportunity for a hands-on experience in that discipline. Ask your kids about these activities!

We are always on the lookout for new artists, new experiences for the kids. According to a just released Department of Education report “1.3 million of our nation’s public elementary school students receive no specific instruction in music, and nearly 4 million students receive no specific instruction in the visual arts.” We’ve been trying to change that in our local communities. We’re talking to artists now for the fall school season. If you’re interested in making a difference, getting a smile, hearing laughter or no sound at all as they sit, mouths open, eyes wide at the words of a storyteller, then give Kate a call at 682-7215 or email toeriverarts@gmail.com.

Red Herring Puppets tell the tale of Little One Inch, the foundling who grew tall in respect and honor.