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Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) - Schools

Matching Grants to South Dakota Schools and Community
Organizations for Sponsorship of Artist Residencies

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Matching grants to South Dakota schools and community organizations to sponsor residencies for individual professional artists or teams of artists. Residencies must be at least one week long. Funding is intended to place professional local artists in residencies in schools and communities and to encourage and supplement existing arts programs. Priority will be given to residencies that are at least one month in length, to new locations, to requests for new arts disciplines and new artists, and to schools that are expanding their arts-in-education programs.

Artists In Schools and Communities is designed to:
- Provide students and communities an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional artist.
- Assist in the development of a school/community commitment to the arts as basic to education and life-long learning.
- Serve teachers by providing a resource person in a specific arts discipline who can help develop methods of creative teaching and assist schools and teachers in meeting educational content standards.
- Serve communities by providing artists to assist with community betterment, i.e. artistic and environmental design projects, theater residencies, murals, classes and workshops, etc.
- Support individual artists by providing time during the residency to pursue their own artistic development.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183740

Estimated Size of Grant:

Single Artist Residency Fees:
One Week: SDAC Match - $600
One Month: SDAC Match - $2,400
One Semester: SDAC Match - $9,600

Dual Artist Residency Fees:
One Week: SDAC Match - $1,000
One Month: SDAC Match - $4,000

To determine the artist fee, multiply the single week cost by the number of weeks requested.

Term of Contract:

- Residencies should take place between July 1 and June 30 of each year.
- Residencies must be a minimum of one week in length. Any number of weeks can be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

South Dakota schools, nonprofit organizations, and units of government are eligible to sponsor Artists In Schools & Communities residencies.

Artists available for residencies are listed in the Artists In Schools & Communities Roster published each year by the South Dakota Arts Council and mailed to all schools and arts organizations.

Most of the artists listed in the roster are single individuals. In a few cases, residency activities are provided by a team of artists. These teams are clearly identified by the phrase, Dual Artist Residency.

Pre-Application Information:

March 1 is the standing deadline to submit completed AISC applications for residencies scheduled July 1 - June 30 of each year. Grant awards will be announced in May.

Applications can only be submitted through the program’s online system. Paper applications will NOT be accepted, nor will applications from sponsors with outstanding evaluations from the previous fiscal year.

A sponsor application must be completed and submitted for each residency request. There is no limit to the number of residencies for which a local sponsor may apply.

Artists’ fees are supported on a matching funds basis between the sponsoring organization and the SD Arts Council. The cost to a participating school does not necessarily have to come from the existing school budget. A private business or individual may provide matching funds, as well as parent-teacher groups, service clubs, local arts organizations, special fundraising events, or any combination.

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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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Department of Tourism
711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
P: 800-952-3625
F: 605-773-5977

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USA: South Dakota