California Arts Council

State of California

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.

  • 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.

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



Guidelines & Application Available:
January 2016

Application Deadline:
March 10, 2016, 5:00 PM

Panel Dates
Panel 1 - April 11-13, 2016

Panel 2 - April 18-20, 2016

Grant Activity Period:
September 15, 2016 - June 30th, 2017