Artists in Schools and Communities Grant Cycle Opens April 15


Teacher workshop at Salish Kootenai College


Got a Montana artist you have always wanted to bring into your classroom to work with your students? Or, are you an artist with a great idea for a project with an underserved population in your community? Want people your organization serves to learn how to folk dance, create a mural, throw a pot, put on a play, perform slam poetry, play the djembe? Now is the time to apply for the FY15 Artists in Schools and Communities grant from the Montana Arts Council.

The Montana Arts Council, an agency of state government, develops the creative potential of all Montanans, advances education, spurs economic vibrancy and revitalizes communities through involvement in the arts.

The Montana Arts Council strives to provide access to quality arts learning to develop the creative potential of Montanans of all ages.

Holter Museum of Art residency

Holter Museum of Art residency

The Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) program supports a wide range of arts learning activities (lasting from as short as a few hours to as long as a year) by professional artists and teaching artists in a variety of settings. Settings can include, but are not limited to: schools, arts facilities, community centers, social service agencies, prisons, elder care facilities, early childhood centers, libraries and other public spaces.

The AISC program also supports Montana arts organizations that provide arts learning activities locally, regionally and statewide, as well as touring companies.

The Artists in Schools and Communities program consists of four distinct components, which provide participatory experiences in arts learning that increase or strengthen participants’ knowledge and skills in the arts:

1 Arts Learning Partners: Arts Learning Partners are select Montana arts organizations that have a proven record of providing high-quality arts learning experiences to participants both regionally and across the state of Montana. To become an Arts Learning Partner, an arts organization must have received Artist in Schools and Communities funding for three years in a row with positive feedback from participants and sponsors and clear indicators of success based on stated goals for arts learning. Arts Learning Partners grants are renewable each year up to $10,000 based on availability of funding.

2 Arts Learning Experiences: The Arts Learning Experience consists of arts learning projects lasting from one to four hours with a core group of learners.The Arts Learning Experience may include a performance by the artist(s), but must also include a hands-on, participatory learning activity for a core group of participants with the artist or arts organization, either before or after the performance, that increases the participants knowledge and skill in the art form (MAC does not fund demonstrations, lectures, artist talks or readings that do not engage the participants in participatory, hands-on learning).

3  Artist Residencies: These consist of five or more hours of hands-on, participatory instruction for each core group of participants with the same teaching artist(s). The time may be concentrated or spread out over several weeks or months.

4 Special Projects: This funding broadly supports the creation of projects that establish, expand, or advance both school curriculum and arts education programming – for example, workshops or mentoring for classroom teachers or teaching artists, or training for arts organization staff on arts learning topics.

Grants will be available for amounts up to $10,000.

The application is online, and the Montana Arts Council will begin taking application on April 15, 2014 for projects occurring between July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.  Please click here for complete guidelines and instructions for accessing our online grant application system.

To discuss a project idea or application, please call Emily Kohring, Director of Arts Education at (406) 444-6522 or

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s