School Residencies

“Words cannot express my appreciation and gratitude for all that you have done during this residency. The amazing and meaningful experiences you have created have had a profound impact on the way I approach teaching. This has been an invaluable opportunity for myself and the kiddos alike!”

~ Courtney Keefe, Soulard School


“Students have worked closely with Metro’s visiting teaching artists to gain a deeper understanding of the complicated themes in works of literature they have read in their language arts classes. These classes have epitomized research-based, best practices in education. Students are developing their communication and presentation skills. They are actively engaged in learning.”

– Deborah DaLay, Principal at St. Joan of Arc School


If you’re interested in developing a residency with us, contact Karen Weberman, Education Director, at or 314-932-7414 x 110.

Unsure about how much time you can make for this in your classroom? Our residencies can be as few as five (60-minute) visits, or can be weekly visits made throughout an entire school year.

In our school residency programs, skilled teaching artists work in support of classroom learning goals in schools throughout the region. From infusing the arts into core classroom curriculum, to empowering students to lead their peers in community building activities and discussions about important issues they face; we design and conduct our residencies in partnership with teachers and administrators. All of our residencies are customized to meet the needs of our school and community partners, so here are a few examples:

  • Second grade ELL (English Language Learners) students at Mason Elementary stepped into role in their science class as animals and plants as they learned about biomes and habitats around the globe.
  • Fifth and sixth grade students in the Webster Groves School District broke down assumptions of their peers as they explored instances of intolerance in their schools while also studying situations of oppression during the Holocaust.
  • Seventh and eighth grade students in the Parkway School District participated in intensive training on how to lead their classmates in lower grade levels in community building activities and interactive bullying prevention techniques.