Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Teacher and Artist Partnerships (TAP) and Long-Term Residencies (LTR)

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies,
and IHEs to Host Educational Artist Residencies

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

Conf. Date:

12/12/18

Deadline Date:

01/11/19

Description:

Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, and institutions of higher education for long-term artist residencies. Funding is intended to support in-depth collaborations of K-12 teachers with artists, and artists with student groups, for projects taking place in schools and other institutions.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) supports Teacher and Artist Partnership (TAP) projects and Long-Term Residency (LTR) projects. These projects emphasize long-term, in-depth interaction among professional teaching artists, teachers, students, and others through workshops and classes sponsored by schools, nonprofit organizations and units of government. Each project is locally designed and developed by the teaching artist, the project director and host organization. Projects should enable the participants to understand the art form(s) involved and to develop their skills and creativity through said art form(s).

Teacher and Artist Partnership (TAP) Description:

The Teacher and Artist Partnership (TAP) program is a long-term arts-based initiative for public or private nonprofit schools. Briefly, a TAP enables a K-12 teacher and artist to collaborate for at least 60 days to embed the arts into curriculum instruction. In the TAP model, teachers share in the instruction of the art form with the artist and engage in daily feedback on each class, assessing both the lesson and student progress. This partnership creates an arts integrated experience that is transformational for the students, teachers and the artists.

One of the aims of any TAP is to impact teachers’ instructional strategies by showing the countless possibilities offered through artful learning. A TAP project is different from a traditional artist residency in a number of ways, including but not limited to the following:

- It is longer in length (a minimum of 60 days or equivalent);
- Both the artist and teacher teach lessons on an alternating schedule during the project period;
- Both the artist and teacher critique (“debrief”) the lesson following its completion, either immediately after the lesson or before the end of the school day;
- The school/district must provide time for the teacher to be involved in the debriefing critique as well as a private location for such a conference;
- The project director is required to conduct a minimum of five observations with documentation throughout the course of the project;
- Evaluation of the TAP project will continue beyond the submission and approval of the final report to the PCA. TAP teams are required to continue their evaluation into the subsequent year; and
- Both the artist and teacher will be observed by PCA staff/consultants/partners during the project period, and will be asked questions about all aspects of the project at various times during the project period.

TAP Project Requirements:

- Any entity receiving PCA funding for a TAP project must understand that it is a part of an ongoing action research endeavor and subject to active oversight by the PCA.
- The duration of each TAP project must allow for sufficient planning time for teachers, artists, and administrators and substantial periods of time in the school (a minimum of 60 days or equivalent). The artist should plan on about 15-20 hours per week in the school.
- Each TAP may include a visiting artist and a culminating event or performance, as appropriate in the artistic discipline.
- Each TAP project must be constructed as a collaboration of the teacher, artist, project director and appropriate school administrators;
- Have the team attend the PCA required TAP training in the summer of 2019;
- Include time to conduct at least two professional development workshops for school faculty, administrators, and artists, as appropriate;
- Have artistic and curricular goals and objectives;
- Engage learners in the creative process through appropriate activities that support the goals and objectives of the TAP project;
- Include time to conduct evaluation planning, data collection and data analysis and conclude with a final, evaluative report in which the results of the analysis are presented along with conclusions drawn from the analysis and recommendations based on those conclusions;
- Have a plan and mechanism to document and share the evaluation information with authorizers, i.e., campus leadership, school district, school board, and the PCA; and
- Share the students’ and teacher’s work process and progress with parents and the community.

TAP Structure:

The requirements for participating teachers, artists and administrative support systems in TAP projects are different from those in the usual residency model. Artists must be able to communicate clearly to teachers the basic elements and knowledge base of their art form(s) along with the skill sets necessary to create work in that form. Further, they must identify the key technical vocabulary and rhetorical elements used in the creation, performance/exhibition and critiquing of their art form. Specifically:
- Significantly more time is required for planning and on-going evaluation than under the usual residency model;
- The selection of both the teacher and the artist is critical to the TAP;
- The school must understand and support the requirements for planning and debriefing time and assist in the implementation of the program; and
- Outcomes from the TAP program may be used by the PCA to promote and sustain subsequent program

TAP Funding:

Eligible expenses include: Teaching artist fees and travel; visiting artist fees and travel; project director administration fees; professional development for teachers, school administrators or artists; costs for the culminating event or performance; supplies; documentation; student assessment; and project evaluation.

Proposed budgets may include up to 25% in administration costs to support the project director.

Long-Term Residency (LTR) Description:

Long-Term Residency (LTR) Projects are expanded and more in-depth standard residency projects. In these models, an artist works intensively with up to three small groups of students/participants on one or more long-term project(s). LTR projects may take place in public or private nonprofit schools, early childhood institutions, specialized schools, nonprofit community organizations, public or government agencies, or nonprofit social institutions.

An LTR project is different from a usual artist residency in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

- It is longer in length (a minimum of 60 days or equivalent);
- The project director is required to conduct observations and documentation throughout the course of the project; and
- Both the artist and teacher may be observed by PCA staff/consultants during the project period.

LTR Project Requirements:

- The duration of each LTR project must allow for sufficient planning time for teachers, artists, and administrators and substantial periods of time in the school (a minimum of 60 days or equivalent). The artist should plan on an average of 15-20 hours per week at the host site.
- Each LTR may include a visiting artist and a culminating event or performance, as appropriate in the artistic medium.
- Each LTR project must be constructed as a collaboration of the project director, host site staff and teaching artist;
- Have artistic and curricular goals and objectives for school-based projects;
- Include time to conduct at least one professional development workshop for faculty, administrators, staff, and community as appropriate;
- Engage learners in the creative process through appropriate activities that support the goals and objectives of the project;
- Include time to conduct evaluation planning, data collection and data analysis and conclude with a final, evaluative report in which the results of the analysis are presented; and
- Have a plan and mechanism to document and share the evaluation information with authorizers, i.e., community, school district, school board, and the PCA.

LTR Structure:

- More time is required for planning and on-going evaluation than under the usual residency model.
- Outcomes from the LTR program may be used by the PCA to promote and sustain subsequent programs.

LTR Funding:

Eligible expenses include: teaching artist fees and travel; visiting artist fees and travel; project director administration fees; professional development for teachers, school administrators or artists; costs for the culminating event or performance; supplies; onsite observations; documentation; student assessment; and project evaluation.

Proposed budgets may include up to 25% in administration costs to support the project director.

Project Selection:

Selection will be based on factors including, but not limited to: Completeness of the application; evidence of host commitment; evidence that the applicant and lead project participants meet the project parameters and requirements; an artist interview, which may occur after the application has been submitted but before the review process; geographic and demographic representation; and availability of funds.

Review Criteria:

- Artistic Quality and Professionalism of the Artist(s)
- Quality of Project Design
- Evidence of Support for the Proposed Project

(For further specifications of Review Criteria, see pg. 8 of the Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148963

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The PCA will support TAP projects up to $30,000.
- The PCA will support LTR projects up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Approved projects can officially begin in September.

The duration of each TAP or LTR project must allow for sufficient planning time for teachers, artists, and administrators and substantial periods of time in the school (a minimum of 60 days or equivalent). The artist should plan on about 15-20 hours per week at the school or host site.

The PCA will support a TAP project at a single school for no more than five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pennsylvania schools, institutions, arts organizations, government agencies, local arts agencies, institutions of higher education and other not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible for AIE funding. Organizations receiving support through other funding areas of the PCA also are eligible to apply for AIE funding.

Senior Centers and Head Starts are eligible to apply.

Artist* Eligibility:

- Must have professional experience for the preceding three years in the artistic discipline to be taught in the proposed project.
- May not be a full-time student in a degree-granting program.
- Must be a resident of Pennsylvania at the time the application is submitted.
- Must be able to attend the required PCA sponsored training (for TAPs only).
*Note: Artists may be part of only one application for a TAP or LTR project in any one year.

Host Eligibility:

- The host site(s) must be in Pennsylvania.
- The host site for an LTR may be either a school/school district, a government or public agency, or a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
- The host organization for a TAP must be a public or private non-profit school, early childhood institution, or a specialized school.
- The host must provide the participants.
- The host must ensure that there will be a contact/coordinator on-site.
- The project classroom teacher and a school administrator from the host school must be able to attend the required PCA sponsored training (for TAPs only)

Project Director Eligibility:

- The project director must either be a person with the host organization, a PCA Arts in Education Partner, or affiliated with a non-profit arts education organization within the host’s community.
- Will be responsible for publicizing the project.
- Provide ongoing assistance to the artist and teacher.
- Comply with all PCA reporting requirements.
- Coordinate with the project team to schedule appropriate planning days.
- Must be able to attend the required PCA sponsored training (for TAPs only).

The teaching artist(s) funded in either a TAP or LTR may not be used to replace or supplant any teacher or administrator connected to the host site (e.g. art teacher, music teacher, school administrator).

In general, the PCA does not fund the following for TAP and LTR Projects:

- Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 or more per item.
- Activities for which post-secondary academic credit is given.
- Activities that have already been completed.
- Activities that have a religious purpose.
- Proposals that charge participants for residency activities.
- Projects where the primary activity is any of the following: Performances by artists, tours or exhibits; artist fellowships or individual artistic projects; staffing functions of the host site and art therapy.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Details for 2019-2020 TAP and LTR Applicants:

- Dec. 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
https://copa.webex.com/copa/j.php?MTID=me5ce747e0fb826e5273ef60775d7253a
Meeting number (access code): 643 315 900
Meeting password: hfDD9nf$
Join by iPhone one-tap:
tel:+1-650-479-3208,,*01*643315900%23%23*01* Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Join by Phone:
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

- Dec. 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
https://copa.webex.com/copa/j.php?MTID=me54f7788ff83d33b316796a082a2b43d
Meeting number (access code): 643 341 253
Host key: 474142 Meeting password: PZspsd7@
Join by iPhone one-tap:
tel:+1-650-479-3208,,*01*643341253%23%23*01* Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Join by Phone:
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Pre-Application Information:

The entire application and required supplemental materials must be submitted online by January 11, 2019. Applications are submitted directly to the PCA.

2019-20 Timeline:

- November: Applications and guidelines are available in ESA
- January 11: Applications are due
- February: Submitted applications are reviewed by a panel
- March: Recommendations are taken to the PCA Council for approval (contingent on the approval of the PA State Budget)
- June: PA State Budget passes and official approval letters are mailed
- September: Approved projects can officially begin

A Criminal History Record Check is required for all prospective employees of public schools, private schools and their contractors' employees who will work in direct contact with children. Also required for "student teacher candidates". This is one of three required background checks or clearances to be provided by the applicant and reviewed by the school (or higher education administrator) prior to the applicant working in a position in which he will have direct contact with children. Criminal history reports shall be no more than one year old at the time of employment. (See Act 114 of 2006 for further detailed information on PA background check requirements at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?yr=2006&sessInd=0&act=114.) Submit the request online at the PA State Police PATCH website at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp. The results should be printed and presented to the school district for review prior to employment. The report presented for review shall be no more than one year old.

Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.

An FBI Criminal History Report valid for school employment is also required. Please consult the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) site (https://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-
%20Administrators/Background%20checks/Pages/default.aspx for information on registering for a background check that is valid for school employment.

Note: All school contractors and their employees are required to obtain criminal background records. All independent contractors and their employees who will have direct contact with children must obtain the required State and Federal background check reports prior to working in a position in which they will have direct contact with children. The school is required to review all reports to determine the fitness of the applicant to work in a position in which they will have contact with children.

For TAP Projects Only: PCA staff and/or consultants may request an interview with the proposed teacher and artist as part of the application process. TAP projects will not begin until the final plan has been approved by the PCA. No funds will be provided for activities (other than required planning and training) that commence before PCA approval. Final plans must include evaluation design and assessment instruments. If selected: 1) The project director must meet with the teacher and artist to develop an initial project outline before the required training; 2) the project director must ensure that deadlines are met; 3) the project director must work as a team member during the training; and 4) the project director must assist in the final development of the plan, including evaluation methods and assessment tools.

For TAPs only: All TAP team members are required to attend the PCA weeklong training that will be held in the summer of 2019 in Harrisburg. If all team members are unable to attend, funding may be delayed or withheld. At a minimum, TAP teams must include a project director, classroom teacher, the teaching artist and a school administrator. The TAP team members will learn the philosophy and techniques of the PCA TAP program, its components, and the requirements for participation by schools/school districts. Note: Lodging and travel costs for all team members to attend the TAP training must be included in the proposed project budget.

Participating TAP schools must commit to match at least 20% of the project funding. At least half of the match must be monetary. The monetary match requirement from the school will increase by 10% for each year the same school participates in a TAP project (20% in year two; 30% in year three; 40% in year four; 50% in year five). Teacher release time may be used toward the non-monetary match requirement. Priority in the selection process may be given to proposals with a larger monetary match from the school or other funding sources.

Participating LTR schools or host organizations must commit to match at least 33% of the total project funding.

Proposed TAP budgets must include travel, lodging and time expenses for the required PCA sponsored training in the summer.

Both TAP and LTR applicants must budget for appropriate documentation, student assessment, and project evaluation.

For questions, and for more information on projects, contact Jamie Dunlap, Director of the Arts in Education Division for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx?var=5

Jamie Dunlap, AIE Program Director
717-525-5542
jadunlap@pa.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania