In 2016, TFAC joined with Spartanburg District One Schools in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that teachers’ professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

The primary purpose of the Kennedy Center partnership is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers.

The program includes:

  • A four-day Institute that examines program models and planning strategies for establishing or expanding professional learning programs in the arts for all teachers;
  • A follow-up consultation and ongoing communication to assist Partnership Teams in program and partnership development;
  • Annual multi-day meetings and intensive seminars to assist Partnership Teams in program and partnership development; and
  • Special access to Kennedy Center resources.

Recently, we hosted a workshop for Polk County Schools and Spartanburg District One teachers and administrators by Kennedy Center Artist Randy Barron. We’d like to thank the Polk County Community Foundation Kessler Grant and Main Street Insurance in Tryon for making this possible.

As part of our commitment, we recently presented a workshop on shadow puppets with Teaching Artist Hobey Ford at Polk County Schools’ Professional Development Day. Teachers from across the county received hands-on instruction in integrating shadow puppetry into their classroom. Thanks to Main Street Financial for sponsoring this fun opportunity!