Joan Peterson's 45-year career as an arts educator and advocate left a monumental legacy reaching beyond California. Joan's work in the 1980's brought the four arts disciplines taught in California schools, dance, music, theatre and visual arts, together, which resulted in the foundation for the formation of The California Arts Project, TCAP, as one of the nine projects of the California Subject Matter Project network. Joan also lead the way in the development of the national assessment for art teachers for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Joan served for many years on the TCAP Advisory Board and was committed to the idea that teacher professional development improves student learning.
The California Arts
Project created with the support of Joan's two daughters and the
California Art Education Association, the annual Joan Peterson Arts
Scholar program. This program selects each year one to four teachers
who wish to attend a TCAP intensive program or institute but need fee
support. Each individual selected as a Joan Peterson Scholar will have
his or her TCAP program fees waived and in return will share their
institute/program experiences, professional reflection and learning.
For the 2012 - 2013 year due to the fiscal hardships facing many schools
and districts, TCAP is expanding the Joan Peterson Arts Scholar program
to one arts scholar from each TCAP Regional Site. To apply, you must
send and email your completed application packet to TCAP by March 12,
2012. Contact TCAP or your Regional TCAP Director for 2012 programs