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Artists in Schools - Residencies

Grants to Saskatchewan Schools
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Grants of up to $40,000 to Saskatchewan schools for arts programming. The purpose of this program is to enable K-12 schools to hire local artists. Funding is intended to enhance arts education and increase student engagement. Professionals may be from any artistic discipline.

Artists in Schools -- Residencies funding assists schools to host an artist in residence project by contracting a professional Saskatchewan artist working in any art form to collaboratively engage in arts activities that are linked to educational outcomes. Artists in Schools - Residencies support programs that engage students collaboratively in arts activities that are directly linked to cross-curricular and cross-cultural educational outcomes.

The Artists in Schools program offers Saskatchewan K-12 students enhanced arts-related activities through collaboration with professional artists. Residency programs are designed to engage students out of established partnerships where both partners (school and artist) plan and execute the program through inquiry-based processes.

The school hosts a six- to ten-month artist-in-residence program with one professional artist from any artistic discipline hired full-time (35-40 hours/week). The artist and school partners collectively determine a schedule, splitting this time 50/50 to accommodate the artist’s independent practice and the programming needs of the school.

Artists in Schools residencies are collaborative, inquiry-based learning programs. Participating artists take up residence in the school full-time, so they can contribute to its cultural life and engage students and teachers in arts activities that are linked to educational outcomes. Where possible, the school provides the artist with a suitable studio space that allows the artist and their art practice to be accessible. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 180985

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding: $40,000
- The maximum funding available for a ten-month residency is $40,000 (for northern schools, an additional $1,500 is available to cover higher travel costs). If the residency term is less than ten months, the grant amount is pro-rated.
- A minimum of $30,000 of the $40,000 maximum must be used towards the artist’s salary. If the term is less than ten months, then an artist’s salary of no less than $3,000 per month is expected.
- 50% of the grant funds are released 30 days prior to the residency start date. The remainder of the funds are released after receipt and approval of the interim report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Provincial schools, school divisions, band schools, private schools using the Saskatchewan arts education curriculum, in partnership with community groups or organizations, and professional artists.

To be considered a professional artist, an individual must meet at least three of the following criteria in a manner appropriate to their art form:
- The individual has received training and/or acquired knowledge and experience in a manner typical for their art form.
- The individual has begun creating a body of work since the conclusion of that training.
- The individual has been recognized as professional by others working in the same art form.
- The individual has received compensation for their artistic work at a level consistent with those of other professionals working in the same art form.

Community Partners including additional guest artists are genuine partnerships appropriate to the activity and size of the community. The role of the Potential Community Partner(s) is defined by the Applicants; Community Partners are not required to take part in drafting the application.

Elder or Knowledge Keeper Partners: Residencies that explore Indigenous art forms, skills, knowledge, teachings, and/or world views must include an Elder or Knowledge Keeper in their ongoing activities. A letter of agreement from the Elder or Knowledge Keeper is required as support material to the application.

For more information on applicant eligibility, see:

The Artists in Schools program is not intended to fund the ongoing teaching of the provincial arts education program in schools. For example, hiring a band instructor to teach band or a dance instructor to teach dance would be ineligible projects. Nor is Artists in Schools funding intended for the purchase of equipment (e.g. kilns, digital cameras, computers).

For eligible kinds of residencies and ineligibility, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications close on May 1, 2021.

Application documents are subject to revision up to six weeks before the submission deadline.

It is strongly recommended that applicants, particularly first-time applicants, contact the Program Consultant before preparing an application as they can clarify eligibility and program requirements and provide advice relevant to your application.

Applicants are typically informed of grant decisions by e-mail no later than 90 days after the application closing date.

Schools may apply to have the same project funded again. Ongoing involvement with the Artists in Schools program increases the impact on the school and community. Most schools that have received funding in consecutive years have developed new projects each year. However, applications for repeat projects will be entertained as well.

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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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If you require assistance, call (306) 787-4056 or (toll-free) 1-800-667-7526, or e-mail

Jody Greenman-Barber
Program Consultant
(306) 541-5692 (Regina) or 800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)

Saskatchewan Arts
Regina Office: 1355 Broad Street · Regina, SK · S4R 7V1
Saskatoon Office: 201 Avenue B South · Saskatoon, SK · S7M 1M3

Phone: 1-800-667-7526

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