The Artists In Schools (AIS) program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning at school sites. Long-term, in-depth arts education projects during school hours or in after-school programs underscore the critical role the arts play in the students' development of creativity, overall well-being and academic achievement.
Artists in Schools
- Arts organization and school must be located in California.
- Arts organization must have a minimum 3-year history of programming at the time of application.
- Arts organization must be a nonprofit arts organization or unit of government, or use a fiscal sponsor.
- Professional teaching artists must show at least 3 years of professional experience in the artistic discipline to be taught, be California residents, and not be full-time students in a degree program.
- Artist fees should be commensurate with experience and comparable to fees for other local skilled workers.
Develop the artistic abilities and creativity of students through sequential, hands-on arts learning and promote life skills such as problem-solving, collaboration and positive self-expression through the arts.
Develop long-term, in-depth partnerships between schools, local arts organizations and local teaching artists, and create mutually beneficial relationships between classroom teachers and teaching artists.
Contribute to an overall arts-rich school environment, and serve diverse school communities throughout the state
- Online Application instructions
- Apply Online
- Data Arts Cultural Data Project
Required! The California Arts Council requires all applicants to complete a profile through the Data Arts Cultural Data Project and submit a Funder Report along with their application. Complete this part of your submission at the Data Arts Cultural Data Project.
Programs Webinar February 4th, 11 am
March 10, 2016
Panel 1 - April 11-13, 2016
Panel 2 - April 18-20, 2016
Grant activity period:
September 15, 2016 - June 30th, 2017