Pre K–12 schools, school systems, nonprofit arts or community organizations or partnership teams consisting of at least one school and one arts group may apply for this funding. Organizations designated as State Arts Resources (SAR) can be a part of an Artist Residency project but cannot be the lead applicant.
This category supports standards-based, long-term (10 days and longer) artist residencies that provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the arts. Educators and artists collaborate to design an artist residency that meets the specific needs of the school and engages students in hands-on, participatory arts learning. At a minimum, artists work with the same group of students for 10 days during the residency. Residency days and weeks do not have to be consecutive. Residencies can take place either as a part of the school day or outside of the classroom.
We are interested in residencies that demonstrate how teams of educators and artists can work together to build curricula, deliver instruction, and learn from each other. We encourage applications that articulate a plan of support for sustainable change in teaching practices.
Within this category, there is a special focus on artist residencies that use the arts as a way to address challenging and adverse childhood experiences. These types of residencies may take place outside of the school, after regular school hours, or on weekends – in times and places where youth most need constructive, proactive, enriching activities. Partners may include alternative schools where students who are not successful in mainstream classrooms are placed or juvenile justice departments. Examples may include:
Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. Organizations may not apply for more than 10-percent of their prior-year cash operating expenses. Organizations with prior-year expenses between $20,000 and $50,000 are eligible to apply for $5,000, the minimum grant award.
Grant funds may be used for artist fees, marketing, contractual fees, artist/contractor travel, and other project-related expenses. Grants may not fund fees for student artists and ensembles. Up to 25-percent of the requested grant funds can be used for administrative expenses. All grants must be matched dollar for dollar except those serving rural, low-wealth counties designated Tier 1, which are eligible for 75 to 100 percent funding. Organizations must make a strong case for financial need if the cash match is less than one-to-one.
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
NOTE: Applicants cannot submit proposals in both AIE grant categories. They must choose either cARTwheels or Artist Residencies.
The 2020-21 deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020. The application will be available online on January 7, 2020. Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org). Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application. Information must address the funding criteria.
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Applications without support materials and work samples will not be considered. Work samples should provide evidence of the quality of the artists’ work (not student work). No headshots or highly edited promotional videos will be accepted.
All applicants must upload the following support materials:
For artist(s) work samples, please upload: