Arts Reach to Schools

Arts Reach To Schools (ARTS) Program provides standards based art experiences to the students of Tuolumne County. Tuolumne County Schools and TCAA have developed a partnership that works enthusiastically to bring high quality visual, literary and performing arts instruction to your schools and classrooms. TCAA highlights local artists as well as keeping you informed on touring groups and events. New artists and events will be posted within this online catalog as they become available. You might already be a participant, but if you are not currently a part of this program, please contact TCAA. (

The Role of the Arts

Dance, drama, music and the visual arts provide a balance in curriculum that is particularly important for the development of the whole person. They foster a student’s ability to create, experience, analyze, and reorganize information, thereby encouraging intuitive, emotional and verbal responses. The arts assist students in realizing their full potential by providing avenues for self-discovery and for harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. By increasing the capacity for nonverbal expression, the arts contribute directly to the academic and social learning process.

Five Components of a California State VAPA Standards-Based Arts Program

A balanced comprehensive arts program is studied from the vantage point of five components. Although each of the arts is unique, these five components are common to the instruction of each discipline.

  • ARTISTIC PERCEPTION refers to processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the language and skills unique to the arts
  • CREATIVE EXPRESSION refers to creating, performing and participating in the arts
  • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT promotes the understanding of historical and cultural dimensions of the arts
  • AESTHETIC VALUING refers to responding to, analyzing, and making judgments about works in the arts
  • CONNECTIONS, RELATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS refers to connecting and applying what is learned in each art form to learning in other art forms, subject areas, and careers

Participation Process–How to Schedule an Arts-Reach Experience

Scheduling Arrangements

Become familiar with this year’s offerings. Try to schedule as far in advance as possible. Schedule your art experiences throughout the year. Art should happen all year long.


1.  Review the online catalog and select your program(s). Programs are available in the following Art Discipline Areas:

Visual Arts

2.  Contact the artist directly by phone or email. You will find Artist Contact Information at the end of each program listing and on the alphabetical, Artist Biographical page of the Catalog.

3.  Confirm availability of dates and time with artist.  This will let you be in charge of the schedule and be able to coordinate with your classroom activities.

4.  Clarify focus, expectations and curricular needs with the artist ahead of time.

5.  At your school site, contact your ARTS-Lead Teacher and/or school administrator to coordinate materials needed, class size, logistics of experience and scheduling.

6.  Return to the TCAA website to complete the online registration form. You will receive a response within three business days from a TCAA coordinator.

7.  Following the art experience, complete the program evaluation, signing, dating, and returning copy (for artist payment) to TCAA within 48 hours.  This last step notifies TCAA that it is time to initiate payment to the artist for his/her time.

Artists :

Schedule your event

TCAA will send copy of Artist/Teacher Contract to you

Notify TCAA of any changes

Confirm your event with teacher prior to your arrival

Obtain completed contract before leaving school site (save for your records)

Artist / Teacher Contract