Artists in Schools

Central California Art Associaltion

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.

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  • 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 receiver.
  • 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.
  • Professional artists and other personnel must be compensated based on wages received by persons similarly employed elsewhere.

Staff Contact

Shelly Gilbride
(916) 324-0075

Program Goals

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


Application available:
February 5th, 2015

Application deadline:
March 20th, 2015

Grant activity period:
October 1st, 2015 - June 30th, 2016