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Arts in Education (AIE) In-School Residency Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits, Agencies, Hospitals,
Schools, IHEs, and Churches for PreK-12 Programming

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, churches, hospitals, schools, and IHEs to develop arts programming in educational settings. Funding is intended to foster interactions with K-12 children by inviting professional artists to participate in residencies during the academic year.

During the In-School Residency program, an artist is based in a preK-12 school or community organization site where he or she works with the applying organization’s AIE Program and/or on-site coordinator and key staff to develop programs and activities based on the school/site's needs and facilities.

At the school/site, the artist may instruct students, conduct in-service workshops for teachers or staff, advise activity groups, present lectures and demonstrations to local community organizations, organize exhibitions of work by students, teachers or themselves, initiate field trips, supervise student projects, and encourage and develop arts curricula and materials.

Included in an In-School Residency program is a requirement for an in-service workshop to be conducted by the artist for the teachers/administrators/staff involved with the residency program. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 176747

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

In-School Residency Program grant awards are made for projects, programs, and activities occurring between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Residencies are usually based on a 40-hour, five-day work week with maximum 20 hours contact time between artists and residency participants.

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 In-School 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; or a public school or institution of higher learning.

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.

Funding for organizations is not available for:
- Deficits o start-up costs for new oganizations
- Contingency funds
- Contributions and donations to other organizations or individuals
- building renovations or capital expenditures for facilities
- Entertainment expenses, including buses for field trips, tickets to performances, or refreshments
- Tuition for academic study or any form of scholarship or student financial aid
- Faculty salaries, and additionally, staff salaries in Arts in Education grants
- Lobbying expenses
- Interest and other financial costs

Pre-Application Information:

The due date is January 29, 2021.

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.

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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

Arkansas Arts Council
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

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