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Teaching Art Together Grant

Grants to Kentucky PreK-12 Teachers and Teacher
Teams for Short-Term Residencies in Arts Education

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Kentucky Arts Council (KAC)

Deadline Date:

04/16/19 4:30 PM Hand delivery or postmarked by date


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Grants to Kentucky PreK-12 public or private school teachers and groups of teachers to host artists for one to four-week residencies to implement innovative arts projects that involve students. Funding is intended to integrate the arts into the daily curriculum and classroom instruction after the residency is completed.

The Teaching Art Together Grant Program enables teachers to implement artist residencies in their schools. The emphasis should always be on involving teachers and students directly in the creative artistic process in any arts discipline. Teachers and artists work in partnership to design and implement the residencies. Residencies may be focused on a specific arts discipline or the arts through cross-curricular pairings such as dance integrated into a math curriculum, new media integrated into a science curriculum, etc.

Specific programs goals are:
- To enable teachers to collaborate with practicing, professional artists on the design and implementation of innovative projects using short-term artist residencies.
- To involve students and teachers directly in the creative process during an artist's residency, and to integrate the arts into daily instruction through links to the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts and/or English Language Arts.
- To provide teachers with tools that will enable them to incorporate the arts into their classrooms after the residency is completed.

Every five days of a residency requires 20 hours of contact time with the artist through working with four to six class sessions a day. The schedule may include a combination of the following:

Core group: A core group meets five times per five-day (20-hour) residency in order to ensure opportunities for a greater depth of knowledge. Artists must meet with a minimum of one core group. A school can have a maximum of four core groups per five days of residency. Longer residencies can have different core groups per five-day section.

Non-core group: Non-core groups must meet a minimum of two, and a maximum of three, times per five-day (20-hour) residency. Non-core groups allow for flexibility in scheduling and can increase the number of classes participating in the residency.

Professional development (PD): PD may be provided at a maximum of three hours per five days (20 hours) of the residency in lieu of an equivalent amount of class time. Professional development certificates can be requested from the Kentucky Arts Council.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181285

Estimated Size of Grant:

20-day (80-hour) residencies: $2,400 - Applicant match: $1,600
15-day (60-hour) residencies: $1,800 - Applicant match: $1,200
10-day (40-hour) residencies: $1,200 - Applicant match: $800
5-day (20-hour) residencies: $600 - Applicant match: $400

The artist's fee is $1,000 per five-day (20-hour) residency, which includes planning and preparation time. Artists may not receive a fee greater than $1,000 per five days of residency. Culminating events in the evening need to be paid for by the school and should not be included in the grant application.

Term of Contract:

Residencies may run from July 1 – December 31. Artists should be paid in full within 10 to 15 business days after the completion of the residency.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any teacher or group of teachers presently teaching in a Kentucky public or private school that supports preschool through grade 12 are eligible to apply. Please note that you must have an IRS tax-exempt determination letter from your school district in order to complete your application. In addition, you must have the federal identification number (FEIN) and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number for your school or district.

All artists must be selected from the arts council's Teaching Artists Directory (see link in Pre-Application Information). If the applicant is interested in utilizing an artist based outside of the school’s geographic area, the artist may request mileage reimbursement or housing to defray his/her travel expenses. All such negotiations and arrangements must be made and agreed upon in writing by the school and the artist(s) prior to the residency. The arts council does not require, nor is it responsible for, these arrangements.

In the event of school cancellation on a day that the artist is scheduled to work, every attempt should be made to reschedule. If the make-up dates must be scheduled beyond the original end date of the residency, please see that your artist is paid immediately for the work he/she has already completed. Artists should be paid in full within 10 to 15 business days after the completion of the residency.


- No more than two Teaching Art Together applications per school will be accepted for the same application deadline.
- Classes may not be combined to exceed more than 29 elementary students and 31 high school students with the artist during any one session.
- Teachers may not leave artists alone with students for any reason.
- With the exception of professional development, residency hours may not be used for before- or after-school programming or culminating events. If a school would like to include a culminating assembly afterschool or evening program, the school must negotiate the rate of pay with the artist outside of this grant. This also applies to finishing work associated with some visual arts pieces.
- Programs that have sectarian purposes.
- The application of new artistic work to historic buildings or structures unless approved by the state historic preservation as being in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is April 16, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

All grant applications, support material and final reports must be submitted through the grant portal.

This grant program requires a match from the school. See Estimated Size of Grant above for Matching Requirements. Applicants normally arrange for matching funds from the school's budget, the board of education's budget, Parent Teacher Association funds, Parent Teacher Organization funds or local business sponsorships.

All artists must be selected from the arts council's Teaching Artists Directory (see link below for the directory).

Refer to the following links for more information:

- Guidelines:
- Teaching Artists Directory:
- Core Values of the Kentucky Arts Council:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kentucky Arts Council
1025 Capital Center Drive
Third Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601-8205

For questions, contact:
Tammie Williams, Grants Manager

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