Artists In Schools Program
The Artist in the Schools Program (AIS) provides residencies in the visual and performing arts in the Juneau School District throughout the school year. The AIS program in Alaska is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Rasmuson Foundation.
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (Arts Council) manages the Juneau School District’s Artists in the Schools Program. Jen LaRoe is the coordinator at the Arts Council. Each year interested schools submit a “mini-grant” application to the Council. Once accepted, the Arts Council organizes the overall district residency schedule for the year and serves as the main contact for teaching artists and school arts teams. Publicity for residencies and artists workshops are promoted by the Arts Council.
School Arts Teams & Teaching Artists
Each school has a designated Arts Team of staff who volunteer to help coordinate the AIS residencies, along with acting as the main contact for arts education events and opportunities.
Each teaching artist selected for participation in the AIS program is paid $1000 per week. (35 hour work week; a minimum of 20 hours/week must be in direct instruction with students). The AIS grant funds 55% of the teaching artist stipend, and the school funds the other 45% of the artist stipend plus any travel expenses, should the artist come from outside Juneau. The school is also responsible to pay for supplies and materials.
Schools communicate with the selected teaching artist to coordinate schedules and determine the scope and depth of the project. Schools choose artists from the Juneau Teaching Artist Roster. If a school would like to arrange a residency with someone who is not already on the Roster, the artist needs to apply to be placed on the roster prior to the residency. Artists may apply by contacting Jen LaRoe.
Each teaching artist is required to present a professional development workshop, typically open to all teachers in the district. Ted Wilson disseminates the information to all teachers via the district website. The Arts Council disseminates information beyond the district, to local media and local artists.
Artists In Schools Residency Timeline 2016-17
August 16, 2016~ Program Information meeting for Teaching Artists (Roundtable)
August 23, 2016~ Pre-Application meeting with School Art Teams
September 15, 2016~ Mini-Grant Deadline for AIS program year FY17 (2016-17)
September 30, 2016~ Mini-Grant Approvals finalized
October 2016– May 2017~ Residencies Occur!
- October 15, 2016~ Teacher Workshops
- December 10, 2016~ Teacher Workshops
- April 22, 2017~ Teacher Workshops
POST RESIDENCY TASKS: within 2 weeks of residency conclusion
- Letters of Support to Legislature
- Evaluation of residency- online form from both school and teaching artist
- Copies of newsletters/photos/other publicity
All residency requirements must be completed by May 15, 2017.
Toolkit for Schools:
- AIS Mini Grant Application – for schools to apply to host a residency – Due Sept 15, 2016
- PreApplication Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23th @ JACC Main Hall 4:45 pm.
- Juneau Teaching Artist Roster – list of Teaching Artists available to conduct residencies in Juneau School District schools
- Artists in Schools Residency Checklist
- AIS Contract template – completed contract will be sent to you for signature upon approval of application. This template is provided here for your reference.
- Volunteer Timesheet – to track volunteer hours associated with residency
- Letter to Legislators instructions – Please help keep the AIS program in your school. Thank your legislator!
- School Evaluation – to be completed no later than 2 weeks after residency
Toolkit for Artists:
- Teaching Artist Questionnaire – All roster artists interested in residency work this year, please complete for availability.
- AIS Contract template – completed contract will be sent to you for signature upon approval of application. Must be completed prior to residency and submitted to Jen LaRoe.
- W-9 form – must be completed prior to residency, and submitted to Jen LaRoe.
- Artist Evaluation – to be completed no later then 2 weeks after residency
PUBLICIZING THE RESIDENCY & TEACHER WORKSHOP
Alaska State Council on the Arts requires that promotion of all residencies and workshops include the following: “The Artist In The Schools Program is made possible through partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Arts Council, the Rasmuson Foundation and __________(put in your matching fund source, ie: Parent and Teacher Association, etc.)”
THANK YOU’S – Saying thank you is very important! Please do so following a residency.
Other Arts Opportunities for Students 2016-17
Other School Funding Opportunities
The following are Rasmuson Foundation Cultural Collaborations Grants, administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Click here to download more information about these opportunities:
- Access Grant – application due 30 days prior to start of event. This grant funds short-term arts/cultural activities for grades K-12 during the regular school day. Grant amounts up to $1,000.
- Excursion Grant – application due 30 days prior to start of event. This grant funds transportation and admission costs for K-12 students to an arts or cultural event. Title I schools may apply for up to $1,000; non-Title I schools may apply up to $600. One grant per school, per school year; may include multiple excursions.
- Project Grant – application due Dec 1 and Jun 1. This grant funds arts/cultural activities held before or after the school day or during school vacations for periods longer than 2 weeks. Any nonprofit organization or school is eligible to apply. All grants must provide a 1:1 match of up to $6,000.
- Art Educator Fellowships – application due March 15. This grant funds teachers, whose teaching responsibilities are arts-related, for participation in professional development activities in their art form.
- Nancy DeCherney: Executive Director, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
- Jen LaRoe: Arts Education Director, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
- Annie Calkins: Education Committee chair for the Arts Council
- Laura Forbes: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Arts Education Program Director
- Ted Wilson: Instructional Services Curriculum, Assessments and Grants Coordinator