Nebraska Arts Council (NAC)
Grants starting at $2,500 to Nebraska schools, IHEs, and nonprofit community organizations to host artist residencies. Artists will share their work and expertise with teachers and staff in order to help students reach educational goals in the arts, as well as other academic disciplines.
Sponsors select artists in a variety of art disciplines from the NAC Artist Roster. These artists have undergone a review and selection process, demonstrating expertise in their artistic field, professionalism and educational work experience. During residencies, artists involve participants in hands-on arts activities, demonstrations and performances. The artist may conduct a teacher in-service session and share resources that enhance curriculum through the arts, helping to ensure extended residency impact.
Residencies must include at least twenty hours of direct artist contact time with participants. This may include in-service sessions with teachers or staff, and special activities with families or community members. Scheduled time may span a number of days, weeks, or months.
Artist schedules must be limited to no more than five contact hours per day, with no more than six classes per day. The artist and sponsor organization are responsible for developing a detailed schedule before the residency begins.
Applications will be judged on the following review criteria:
- Arts learning;
- Planning and evaluation;
- Outreach and engagement.
GrantWatch ID#: 174515
Requests over $2,500
Applications submitted for the October 1, 2018 deadline are for residencies taking place January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019.
Any Nebraska public or private school or nonprofit community organization is eligible to apply. College and university-based residencies may be requested only when significant public participation is planned, with substantial evidence of service beyond the campus community.
- PLANNING: Sponsors contact artists directly before applying for a grant, and should involve them in all aspects of residency planning, including design of activities, setting learning objectives, and scheduling.
- ARTIST & SPONSOR AGREEMENT FORM: This downloadable form is prepared by the grant applicant once preliminary plans have been made with the artist, and the budget has been calculated in the online application. It must be signed by both parties, and uploaded in the grant application. Terms in this agreement are subject to grant approval by NAC.
- CONTACT HOURS: Residencies must include at least twenty hours of direct artist contact time with participants. This may include in-service sessions with teachers and special activities with families or community members.
- SCHEDULING: Artist schedules must be limited to no more than five contact hours per day, with no more than six classes per day. The artist and sponsor are responsible for developing a detailed schedule prior to the residency. The schedule should be available for review by NAC if requested.
- CORE GROUPS: One or more Core Groups must be established to ensure an in-depth experience for selected participants. A Core Group is a single classroom or small group of participants that meets with the artist for at least three sessions during the course of the residency. Specific learning outcomes for what the core group is to accomplish by the residency’s end must be described in the grant proposal.
- NON-ROSTER ARTISTS: The AiS/C program is designed for vetted Roster Artists. However, requests for non-roster artists will be considered if there are no roster artists who have specific skills or qualifications needed for a particular residency. If requesting a non-roster artist, additional materials including a letter explaining why the artist is being requested, the artist’s bio, and artist’s work samples are required as part of the application.
- ARTIST BACKGROUND CHECKS: Refer to the AiS/C Artist Background Check Policy
- Fall Deadline: October 1
How to apply:
Applicants may apply more than once during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) for an AiS/C grant, but may only once per fiscal year for the same artist to lead a residency at the same school or site.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=nebraskaarts
Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102