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AIE After School/Summer Residency Grants

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Hospitals,
Schools, IHEs, and Churches for Youth Arts Programs

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Arkansas Arts Council

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01/29/21 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, agencies, churches, hospitals, public schools, and IHEs to provide opportunities for youth arts education and participation in arts programs. The purpose of the program is for professional artists to work with PreK-12 youth in after school and summer settings.

Residencies can be located in community/neighborhood centers, low-income housing projects, juvenile facilities, social service centers, parks/recreation programs, boys and girls clubs, and other community-based or governmental organizations and institutions which provide facilities and guidance during non-school hours. 

Funds from the AIE After-School/Summer Residency grant may be used only for contracted administrative or artistic expenses related to the proposed program.

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 key staff members to develop programs and activities based on the site's needs and facilities. The AIE program coordinator is usually the person who initiates the grant or serves as the contact person and is involved with the site on a regular basis. 

Residencies can last from 10 days to the duration of the school year. At the residency site, artists may be involved in such activities as instructing and guiding youth participants, presenting community workshops, advising activity groups, presenting lectures/demonstrations, organizing exhibitions/performances, initiating eld trips, helping to develop arts curricula/materials, and enhancing parent and community involvement in the program. 

The artist-in-residence is a resource and creative catalyst, not a replacement for a teacher or staff member. Participating teachers/staff must be aware of the artist's schedule. They are required to remain in the classroom/activity site during the proposed arts activities and should serve as a co-teacher with the artist or as a fellow learner with the participating youth. Residencies are designed to meet special needs of sponsors and highlight strengths of artists, but certain characteristics are typical of each residency program. For more information, see the Description section of the Guidelines:

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.

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 10 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

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, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Residency Lengths:
- 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.
- Visiting artist residencies last 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 29, 2021. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (CST) on the day of the deadline.

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, 2022. 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.

Eligible Major Art Partners may submit one proposal in one of the three Arts in Education categories.

Eligible General Operating Support applicants may submit one proposal for an AIE After-School/Summer Residency and one proposal in either of the two remaining Arts in Education categories. Eligible applicants that do not receive GOS may submit one After-School/Summer Residency proposal.

Artists used for AIE After-School/Summer Residencies must be selected from the Arts in Education Artist Roster ( to submit an AIE Artist Application with this grant application. A review panel of experts selects artists for the roster based on the quality of their artistic work, a demonstrated ability to work in educational settings, which include diverse groups of any age, and evidence of experience with pre-K-12 curriculum-based arts activities. Artists eligible to work in an AIE program are freelance independent agents engaged to provide certain services for the school or organization. They are not contract employees of the applicant organization.

Applicants wishing to use a non-roster artist must also submit an artist information packet with the application that will allow the artist to be reviewed in conjunction with the AIE proposal. For more details, see the Guidelines link below.

First-time applicants must create a new account before beginning the application process. Applicants must include their organization's DUNS listing (

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

Information on Character-Centered Teaching Initiative is located at:


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

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Drekkia Morning, Arts in Education Program 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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