Artist in Schools (AIS) Grant

Grants to Alaska School Districts, Schools, and
Nonprofits for Classroom Residencies with Artists

GrantWatch ID#: 175294
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Alaska State Council on the Arts


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alaska K-12 public school districts, private schools, and nonprofits for short-term artists residencies to enhance school arts education. New applicants must call the program office before applying. Artists, selected from a State roster of teaching artists, will supplement the arts curriculum and also integrate with other subject curricula.

Residencies are for two weeks. Shared residencies that last less than two weeks in each school should be submitted jointly, with one school serving as the lead applicant.

Successful applicants will:

- Demonstrate the way in which a residency will augment the arts curriculum and the Alaska State Content Standards for Art and connect to other core curriculum;
- Include a professional development opportunity for teachers in integrating the residency discipline into future teaching; and
- Create a plan for engagement between the artist, school and local community.

Applications will be judged on how well they address the following goals:

- Enhance students’ powers of perception, appreciation of the arts, and abilities to express themselves creatively
- Augment and enhance the arts curriculum of Alaskan School Districts
- Help teachers develop strategies to integrate the arts into their daily classroom instruction
- Provide opportunities for artists to develop professionally
- Provide experiences through programs that encourage the varied cultures of Alaska

Individual schools: Up to $5,000
School districts: Up to $15,000

The residency will take place during the current school year.

- Public school districts/schools or private, nonprofit schools
- Nonprofit organizations and/or parent groups can provide assistance to schools in the application process. If a nonprofit is the applicant, they must provide a letter on district/school letterhead detailing how the nonprofit organization's plan augments and supports the district-approved arts curriculum. If there is no approved arts curriculum for the school or district, applicants will be asked to detail the steps being taken to develop and/or adopt an arts curriculum in the district, and the way in which the school/district is working to meet the Alaska State Art Content Standards in the absence of an adopted art curriculum.

Individual schools must provide 1/3 of the cash expenses as match for the proposed AIS project. Districts must provide a 1:1 match.

Successful applicants serve as chief sponsor, designer and coordinator of the program. Technical assistance in the form of artist contract templates, procedure guidelines, etc. are available from the Alaska State Council on the Arts staff.

If your district/school has not applied for an AIS grant in the past you must contact program director Laura Forbes.

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

Laura Forbes
(907) 269-6682
Toll free in Alaska: 1 (888) 278-7424

Ruth Glenn
(907) 269-6610
1-888-278-7424 (Toll Free in Alaska)

Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99508-1506

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