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Arts in Education (AIE) After-School/Summer Residency (AS/SR)

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Hospitals, Schools,
IHEs, and Churches for Artist Residencies that Benefit Youth

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, agencies, churches, hospitals, public schools, and IHEs to host professional artists to work with pre-K-12 youth in summer and after-school settings. Funding is intended for residencies that take place in community centers, juvenile facilities, low-income housing projects, parks and recreation programs, social service centers, boys and girls clubs, and other facilities that provide programming and guidance during non-school hours. Artists used for AIE After-School/Summer Residencies must be selected from the Arts in Education Artist Roster:

Possible residency disciplines include crafts, dance, design arts, folk arts, literature, music, opera and musical theater, photography and media arts, theater, visual arts, multi-disciplinary arts, and interdisciplinary arts. Residencies will provide opportunities for youth to participate in and learn about the arts from professional artists. Artists assist in enhancing the powers of perception and self-expression of the youth involved and in acquiring such character-centered skills as concentration, individual discipline, and team participation.

During a residency, artists are based at a site where they work with the AIE program coordinator and staff members to develop programs and activities based on the site's needs and facilities. At the site, artists may be involved in such activities as instructing and guiding youth participants, presenting community workshops, advising activity groups, presenting lectures and demonstrations, organizing exhibitions and performances initiating field trips, helping to develop arts curricula/materials, and enhancing parent and community involvement in the program. 

AIE After-School/Summer Residency programs may vary in length and have different goals and budget constraints:

  • A short-term residency program may last from a minimum ten days to a maximum of two to three months. A short-term residency helps broaden a participant's arts experience by adding an arts component to an existing program or curriculum and can provide a foundation upon which long-term programs can be built.
  • A long-term residency lasts from four months to the duration of the school year and allows greater access to the artist. It provides the flexibility of working in more detail with the artist to develop a program tailored to the site’s needs and more opportunities for comprehensive participant interaction.
  • A visiting artist residency lasts from one day to five days and allows other roster artists to augment the work of the artist selected for the AS/SR program. This type of residency is suggested as part of a long-term program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176582

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are made for projects, programs and activities occurring between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Program Length:
-Short-term residencies may last from a minimum 10 days to a maximum of two to three months.
-Long-term residencies last from four months to the duration of the school year.
-A visiting artist residency lasts from one day to five days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An AIE After-School/Summer Residency applicant must be a certified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization or be a federal, state or local government or governmental unit; a church or convention/association of churches; a hospital, hospital service organization or medical research affiliate; a public school or institution of higher learning.

AIE AS/SR applicants must be nonprofit organizations that have been involved in youth programming for a minimum of three years and have paid and/or volunteer staff that can devote time and effort to implement the program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 31, 2020.

A 1:1 cash match is required. Matching funds that are anticipated at the time of application must be received and obligated no later than June 30, 2021. The source for matching funds cannot be other Arts Council funds, Arkansas Arts on Tour reimbursements, subsidies for artist fees through the Mid-America Arts Alliance or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In-kind contributions may not be used as matching funds on applications or counted as matching funds on final reports. They may, however, be included in the application as evidence of the commitment of additional resources.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to correlate their proposals to the Arkansas Department of Education’s statewide goals for Arkansas students as established by the Curriculum Frameworks, which define state academic standards for curriculum planning, and/or the Character-Centered Teaching Initiative, which integrates lessons on character into curriculum or other learning situations such as after-school or summer programming.

Curriculum Frameworks information can be downloaded from the Arkansas Department of Education’s web site:

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Jess Anthony, Grant Programs Manager

Brazier Watts, Grants Administrator

Arkansas Arts Council
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 324-9150
Fax: (501) 324-9207
TDD: (501) 324-9811

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