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Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) Grant - Under $1500

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Small-Scale Arts Education Projects

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Montana Arts Council (MAC)

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05/16/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $300 to $1,500 to Montana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to host artists-in-residence or support educational arts activities in community or school settings. Projects must provide hands-on arts experiences for students or program participants.

This grants category excellent means of initiating a first experience with a guest artist-in-residence or an education-driven special project in school or community settings. Projects funded through the AISC Grants Under $1500 category mirror those in the over $1500 category--though, due to the size of the grant awards, reflect shorter-term residencies and simple projects.

All Artists in Schools and Communities grant activities must be hands-on, experiential and process-oriented, so it is important for the artists engaged in the project to be able to clearly communicate the concepts and skills of the chosen art form, and to relate well to students in a variety of educational settings. The overarching criteria for funding of an AISC grant is that participants learn the fundamental skills and knowledge of an art form.

Arts Learning Program Disciplines:

Arts Learning Experiences and Residencies are offered in the following discipline areas:

Visual Arts: Painting, printmaking, ceramics, textile arts, sculpture, architecture, design and photography. Typically, a visual artist sets up a studio in a classroom or other appropriate space and teaches from there. Please consult with the artist to determine space, supply, and equipment needs. [Note: Mural projects generally require two weeks at minimum to complete.]

Media Arts: Film/video, audio, and computer animation residencies generally require access to technology. Be sure to consult with the media artist about tech requirements in advance. [Note: Video productions require residencies of two weeks or more.]

Traditional/Folk Arts: Folk artists teach and celebrate traditional artistic expressions in order to pass on a particular culture’s shared sense of beauty, identity and values. Folk Arts may include traditional beading, quilting, woodcarving, fiddling, gospel singing, or various forms of dance and storytelling.

Folklorist Residency: This is a more specialized residency coordinated by a folklorist (or someone with comparable knowledge) who is trained to do fieldwork and specializes in the folk heritage, traditions and arts of a particular place or people. It may involve some or all of the traditional arts and crafts listed above and may be structured as follows:

1) The folklorist does fieldwork in order to identify local traditional artists with the help of students, teachers and/or community members. From this work, folk arts and folklife are defined.
2) Residency activities are then planned, and assessment tools designed.
3) Local or visiting traditional artists are invited to perform, demonstrate and/or conduct workshops.

Performing Arts: Available in dance, theatre, opera/music theatre, and music. Activities can take place in the classroom, but access to other spaces like a stage, gym, band room or (for dance) any space with a wooden floor would likely be helpful.

Literary Arts: Poets, playwrights and fiction writers are available for residencies. While the scheduling requirements listed under Residency Planning below generally apply, Sponsors must be particularly careful not to over-schedule the writer. Writers must spend a good deal of time reading and critiquing student work outside of class which may mean cutting back on the number of classes the writer conducts during the day.

Multidisciplinary Projects: These residencies involve two or more artists in different disciplines and include collaborative projects where all artists are involved in the design and execution. Applicants interested in developing such a project must consult with MAC staff before submitting an application.

How to Choose an Artist, Company, Folklorist or Arts Organization:

The Montana Arts Council maintains an Artists in Schools and Communities Registry online. You are not required to use an artist from the Artists in Schools and Communities Registry. Artists that are not on the registry may also be considered for arts learning projects in schools and communities. However, a resume or biography and appropriate work samples that provides evidence they are working professional artists with teaching experience must accompany your application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180168

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are under $1,500.

Grant requests under $300 will not be considered.

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Montana Arts Council awards grants to Montana organizations that are not-for-profit and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a), which include the 501(c)(3) designation of the Internal Revenue code, or are units of government, public educational institutions, or local chapters of tax-exempt national organizations.

Not Funded:
-Performances or assembly programs without accompanying hands-on, experiential and participatory educational activities
-Demonstrations, lectures, artist talks or readings that do not engage the participants in participatory, hands-on learning
-Traveling expenses for staff
-Marketing expenses
-Receptions and related food expenses
-Contests for teachers or students
-Projects that have already been completed
-Purchase of curriculum materials
-Reference manuals
-Universities, colleges or departments thereof, unless the primary emphasis is community outreach
-Grant requests under $300

Pre-Application Information:

Grants must matched 1:1 with other funds. (MAC will provide a 2:1 match for first-time applicants, Class C schools, or small rural schools supervised by a county superintendent.)

Grant writing for this program does not require specialized training or expertise; however, the Montana Arts Council gladly offers assistance. Staff is available to help get your proposal to the point where it can be funded.

The Director of Arts Education will review a draft of your grant application and offer you useful feedback in advance of your application deadline. If you would like your draft reviewed, please make every effort to make this request to her at least 10 business days in advance of your grant deadline. Please allow up to five business days for a response to your draft.

The deadline for requests to the FY19 Artists in Schools and Communities Grants Under $1500 category is May 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Monica Grable, Director of Arts Education
(406) 444-6522

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USA: Montana