• Application and Forms

  • Purpose

    Provide opportunities for Virginia's students, educators and other adult populations throughout Virginia to participate in and learn through the arts by working with highly qualified professional artists, in support of lifelong learning.

  • Deadlines

    April 1, 2021 by 5 p.m. for residencies taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 10, 2022. https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=vca

  • Description

    These grants provide Virginia’s Pre-K-12 students and teachers’ opportunities to work with professional artists either in a school setting or through after-school or summer activities. Artists in Education grants may support educational programs in the arts that enhance arts instruction in the school curriculum, professional development for professional artists and educators to work with elementary and secondary school students, or other adult populations in community settings, meeting identified learning goals. Synchronous or asynchronous learning with a specific Virginia population is eligible.

  • Eligible Applicants

    • Virginia’s Public Pre-K-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
  • Eligible Activities

    • New or expanded artist residencies for Pre-K – 12 students or adult populations, based upon identified learning goals
    • 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 Pre-K-12 students
    • Synchronous or asynchronous virtual learning with a specific Virginia population

    The Commission will not fund the same activity of same artist(s) for more than three years without significant program expansion.

    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.

  • Criteria for Funding

    • Artistic excellence of the participating artist(s)
    • Qualifications of the participating artist(s) for working with identified population
    • Clarity of the program description
    • Program planning and evaluation
    • Extent to which the proposed activities enhance existing arts education offered by the applicant (if in a school system)
    • Cost effectiveness of the proposed activities
    • Administrative capacity of the applicant organization
  • 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.

  • Requirements

    • Applications must describe the existing arts education instruction provided by the Pre-K-12 school or arts organizations
    • Applications must include a plan for evaluation of learning by the participating students
    • Applications must include a description of how the participating artist(s) were recruited and selected
    • Applications must include a description or plan for the recruitment or selection of intended participants (if adult populations)
    • 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
  • Contact

    For any questions contact:
    Casey Polczynski, PhD
    Arts in Education Coordinator
    Virginia Commission for the Arts
    casey.polczynski@vca.virginia.gov
    804.225.3132