Artists in the Schools Grant Applications Open

Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in Artists in the Schools, Arts Education, Blog Post

Artists in the Schools Grant Applications Open

AITS residency with Rayna Galati at Kaiulani
Elementary School

Public and charter schools statewide (K-12) are encouraged to apply for a Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Artists in the Schools (AITS) Program grant for school year 2018-2019. The program provides grants of up to $6,000 per school for a residency with a teaching artist from the SFCA Artistic Teaching Partners Roster. The Roster has teaching artists in visual art, dance, drama, music and literary art, all of whom lead children in the artistic processes of creating, performing/sharing, and responding to or reflecting on their own and others’ art.

group of students dressed as pirates, on a theater stage

Aiea Elementary School students during an AITS residency with the Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre

With so few arts specialists in Hawaiʻi schools, especially at the elementary level, the AITS grants are an opportunity to give children a joyful hands-on experience with the arts. Through engagement in the arts, the program helps develop students’ “21st century skills” of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Many of the teaching artists integrate their art form with other core curriculum areas, thus meeting both Fine Arts and other core standards.

In the current school year 2017-2018, 103 schools received an AITS grant. For ten years, the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation has matched AITS’s state and federal funding.

Application instructions and forms are available on our website: Artists in the Schools. The deadline is May 1, 2018. For more information, call SFCA staff at 586-0768.