Host an Artist in your School – It's Easy!
The Vermont Arts Council recognizes that schools have differing needs and levels of experience when it comes to to setting up an artist residency or an arts learning program. We created the Teaching Artist Express program to help schools that have limited experience collaborating with artists. Schools can hire artists listed in the Council's Teaching Artist Roster (or "Juried Education" Artists from the online Arts Directory) for one or two days residency programs that emphasize collaborative learning.
These grants are specifically for schools or districts that haven't recently hosted an artist residency in their school or received Council funding within the last five years. We encourage applications from schools that serve rural and underserved populations.
The Teaching Artist Roster (or Juried Education Artists) is a resource for schools, arts organizations, and other community organizations. The roster is made up of artists that are both high quality artists and experienced teachers in their respective artistic disciplines. They have worked in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings. Teaching artists may be selected for projects through the Council's Teaching Artist Residency grant program, and may also be a resource for projects independent of Council programs.
Although each listing includes a brief description of the artist(s) and their work, we encourage you to contact them directly. Feel free to ask for references.
Important Note: The Vermont Arts Council does not conduct criminal background checks as a part of its jury process. Organizations and schools wishing to hire artists from the Teaching Arts Roster should follow their own policies and conduct their own required procedures just as they would in any hiring decision.
Grant amounts of up to $500 ($250/day for one or two days) are available to support artist fees. These grants do not need to be matched with additional funds, however, artists may charge more than the grant will support. In this case it is up to the school to secure or provide the additional funds to pay the artist(s).
Applications for the 2011-2012 school year are now open for activities that begin after September 1, 2011.
||Project Takes Place
|4 weeks prior to activity
2 weeks after submission
|Between date of notification and August 31, 2012
In order to apply to this program, the applicant:
- must be a school or district in the state of Vermont;
- must not have received Vermont Arts Council funding* in the past five years;
- must not have any outstanding final reports due to the Council.
*There is an exception. If you have received a Teaching Artist Express Grant in the past, you are still eligible to apply.
Contact us if you have questions about your eligility.
Successful applicants must agree to the following expectations:
The primary focus and purpose of the activity involves a school visit by an artist who provides students with an active, hands-on experience in the arts.
- The artist(s) was selected from the Council’s Teaching Artist Roster;
- The artist has confirmed his/her participation in writing at the time of application (written confirmation attached);
- A written contract with the artist will be prepared and signed by all parties once funding is secured;
- Artist will receive payment directly from the school on or before the day of the event;
- A planning meeting with the artist will occur prior to the date of the activity (onsite or over the phone;
- A full day should not exceed four hours of contact time with students and/or teacher/s. The artist may charge a higher fee;
- Teacher will be present in classroom at all times. This is important to a successful artist visit. The teacher and artist/s are expected to work cooperatively throughout the project to maintain a productive working environment in the classroom;
- The applicant is in compliance with the Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
- The applicant will publicize the activity in the local press (newspapers, radio, web as appropriate) and give credit to the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We've streamlined the application process for this program! It's a quick and easy form that asks you to provide a little information about your school, the activity you are proposing and to agree to abide by the expectations of the program (listed above).
All applications must be filled out and submitted online and include an attached artist confirmation (PDF or DOC format).
Applications must be submitted by no later than 4 weeks before the start of the activity.
Applications will be reviewed by Council staff and grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and who serve rural and underserved populations.
The grant amount will be paid in full within 2-3 weeks of the award notification. Schools are responsible for any and all costs associated with the event above and beyond the grant award. A final report will be due no later than 45 days after the activity(ies) for which the grant was awarded. Final reports must be submitted online.
The final report will include confirmation of the funded activity, number of students involved, photos documenting the event, sample publicity materials, etc. These reports are essential to the Council's accountability to public and private funding sources and should be submitted in a timely manner. All awards and payment schedules are subject to the availability of state, federal, and private funds.
Funding from the Vermont Legislature helps to make the Cultural Routes program possible. If you choose to inform your legislators, school board members or other local policymakers of the award you receive, please include copies of any letters or emails sent with your final report.
The Council reserves the right to reject incomplete applications. Applications missing any of the following items will not be reviewed.
- Artist from the Council's Teaching Artist Roster
- Uploaded copy of written artist confirmation (letter, email, etc.)
For more information on Arts Council Grant Programs contact Stacy Raphael, Education & Community Programs Manager at (802) 828-3778 or email us for more info