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Teaching Art Together Grant

Grants to Kentucky School Teachers and Teacher
Teams to Host Artists for a Series of Art Sessions

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Kentucky Arts Council (KAC)

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10/21/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to Kentucky school teachers and groups of teachers to host artists in their schools for a series of art sessions. Funding is intended for arts projects that involve student and teacher participation in the creative process. The goal of the program is to enable teachers to integrate the arts into their daily curriculum and classroom instruction after the residency is completed.

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


  • 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. This time can include pre- and post-planning time between the artist and the teacher as job-embedded professional training. Professional development certificates can be requested from the Kentucky Arts Council.

All residencies may be conducted virtually.

*Due to COVID-19 there will be no residencies in Fall 2020*

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:

The residency must be completed between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any teacher or group of teachers presently teaching in a public or private school that supports any grades from preschool to 12 is 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.
- All artists must be selected from the arts council’s Teaching Artists Directory.
- No more than two Teaching Art Together applications per school will be accepted during the same application cycle.
- Classes may not be combined to exceed more than 29 elementary students and 31 high school students with the artist during any one class 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 after school or other 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.
- The application of new artistic work to historic buildings or structures is restricted 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 application must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Oct. 21, 2020.

Program Timeline:
- Deadline for submission of the application and supporting materials: Oct. 21, 2020
- Review of applications by panel: Nov. 13, 2020
- Arts council board reviews panel recommendations: Dec. 11, 2020 (Tentative)
- Applicant notification: As soon as possible after board approval of panel recommendations
- Use of grant funds may begin: Jan. 1, 2021
- Use of grant funds must conclude: June 30, 2021
- Final report due: 30 days after completion of residency

All residencies may be conducted virtually.
*Due to COVID-19 there will be no residencies in Fall 2020*

This grant program requires a match from the school. See Estimated Size of Grant above for Matching Requirements. In addition to the match, applicants are responsible for providing any supplies, materials, and other incidental expenses required to implement the residency. These expenses should be discussed and negotiated before the residency begins. The grant amount ONLY covers the artist’s fee.

Applicants must have the federal identification number (FEIN) and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number for their school or district.

Like all programs of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Teaching Art Together Grant is guided by the arts council’s core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.

All artists must be selected from the arts council's 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:

For questions, contact:
Samuel Lockridge, Arts Education Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)

Kentucky Arts Council
500 Mero St.
Fifth Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

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