Artists in Education Grants PreK-12

  • Purpose

    To identify and promote highly qualified and experienced teaching artists who have expertise in different disciplines.

  • Description

    These grants provide Virginia’s preK-12 students and teachers’ opportunities to work with professional artists either in a school setting or through after-school or summer activities. These grants support educational programs in the arts that enhance arts instruction in the school curriculum. In addition, the grants will support the training of professional artists to work with elementary and secondary students.
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  • Eligible Applicants

    • Virginia’s Public preK-12 Schools which meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
    • Private, federally tax-exempt schools that meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, including compliance with: Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IV, Section 1681, of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
    • Not-for-profit organizations which meet the basic eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Back to top
  • Eligible Activities

    • New or expanded artist residencies
    • New or expanded after school or summer arts education programs facilitated by not-for-profit
      arts organizations
    • New or expanded training programs for artists or arts integration professional development for teachers who work with Virginia’s preK-12 students

      NOTE: NOTE: Teaching Artists may be proposed in the application with supplemental documentation of the artist's qualifications or selected from the Commission's Artist Roster, available online: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/roster.html. The grant funds may be used for artist stipends, equipment, supplies, and costs for documenting and/or evaluating program outcome. The Commission will not fund the same activity or the same artist(s) for more than three years without significant program expansion.Back to top

  • Criteria for Funding

    • Artistic excellence of the participating artist(s)
    • Qualifications of the participating artist(s) for working with elementary & secondary students
    • Clarity of the program description
    • Program planning and evaluation
    • Extent to which the proposed activities enhance existing arts education offered by the applicant
    • Cost effectiveness of the proposed activities
    • Administrative capacity of the applicant organization
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  • Deadlines

    April 2, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. via the online grants management system: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=vca.
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  • Amount of Assistance

    Applicants may request a maximum of $7,500 and must provide at least a one-to-one cash match of the requested grant.
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  • Requirements

    1. Applications must describe the existing arts education instruction provided by the preK-12 school or arts organizations
    2. Applications must include a plan for evaluation of learning by the participating students
    3. Applications must include a description of how the participating artist(s) were recruited and selected
    4. If the applicant is a not-for-profit arts organization, the application must clearly describe how the proposed activities are different from or an expansion of existing educational activities
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  • Application and Final Report Forms

  • W9 Form Requirement

    All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a W9. Download a W9 form, HERE.

  • Duns Number Requirement

    All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. To obtain your number, visit Duns & Bradstreet online at: www.dnb.com/get-a-duns-number.html

Artist Roster

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Teaching Artist Roster.The roster is an online searchable database of professional teaching artists. These artists are panel reviewed and are encouraged to work on grant funded VCA projects and programs. More importantly they are interested in sharing their teaching artistry across generations and organizations. The field of teaching artistry is critical to arts education and lifelong learning.

Applications are accepted twice a year for either October 1 or April 1. If the first is on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline is moved to the following Monday. Artist Roster applications will be accepted through our online grant system only- https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=vca. Interested teaching artists are encouraged to download the Teaching Artist Handbook to review deadline dates, documentation requirements, evaluation procedures and grant opportunities.

Teaching Artist Residencies can vary in length from a single day to an entire school year. The Commission does not set daily rates for artists; however, VCA suggests a contracted rate of at least $125 per day. Fees are negotiated directly between the teaching artist and the residency sponsors. The Commission does not serve as a booking agent for the teaching artist.

Eligible Applicants

A Teaching Artist applicant must be:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of applying;
  • a resident of Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and/or the District of Columbia;
  • a professional artist with expertise in one or more arts disciplines;
  • skilled in working with children, youth, teachers, adults, seniors, veterans, and/or other populations;
  • and committed to differentiated instruction and effective teaching methods to reach all learners.

FULL-TIME STUDENTS ARE INELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE TEACHING ARTIST ROSTER.

Deadline

Applications for the Teaching Artist Roster will be accepted twice a year during two cycle deadlines. The next round of application will be completed via our new online grants management system. The next deadline for application review will be April 2, 2018 and October 1. 2018.

Review Process

Applications and the supporting materials will be reviewed by the Commission’s Artist Roster panel comprised of artists and educators representative of different disciplines. The panel will review and evaluate each application on: professionalism, artistic excellence, instructional aptitude, curriculum and lesson planning and program management. The panel makes a recommendation based on their comments and scores based on the criteria and the commission board makes the final decisions on those teaching artists included in the roster.

Contact

For any questions about the Teaching Artist Roster contact:
Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts
casey.polczynski@vca.virginia.gov
804.225.3132