AITS FAQs / AITS APP Neighbor Island Grants FAQs

Artists in the Schools FAQs

AITS residency with Rayna Galati at Kaiulani
Elementary School

What is the history of the Artists in the Schools Program?

The Artists in the Schools (AITS) Program was started by the Hawai‘i Dept. of Education (DOE) in SY 1969-1970. It, along with the Artmobile, was authorized after a recommendation by the 1969 Legislature that both new programs be implemented. AITS was allotted $33,700 of legislatively appropriated funds. The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) provided an additional $20,000 and was able to arrange for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The services consisted of performances and lecture-demonstrations by artists.

What is the AITS Program today?

In SY 2007-2008, the AITS Program moved from the DOE to the HSFCA. Arts education is one of the HSFCA’s Strategic Plan Priorities: “Strengthen arts education pre-K through 12 and plan for lifelong learning.”

All public schools, including charter schools, are eligible to apply for an AITS grant of up to $6,000 per school. In 2008-2009, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation began matching HSFCA AITS funds, doubling what was available to schools. The total AITS budget for SY16-17 was $524,473. Schools must contribute 10% of the grant amount received. Schools are required to use an artist from the Artistic Teaching Partners Roster to conduct a residency.

What is an AITS Residency?

A residency engages a core group of students for 8 or more sessions (elementary), or 5 or more sessions (secondary), in standards based lessons in fine arts—visual arts, dance, drama, music, and literary arts. The emphasis has evolved since 1969, and is now on classroom instruction rather than performances and lecture-demonstrations. The purpose is not only to spark students’ awareness of and interest in the arts, but also to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the arts. The emphasis is on students doing art. Many residencies integrate the arts with other core curricula. Another purpose is to build, through workshops, mentoring, and/or observation, the teachers’ capacity to teach the arts.

What is the grant selection process?

Application materials are available in February. This year, applications are due May 2, 2017 at 11:59pm. A panel of arts educators and administrators reads the applications, rates them based on agreed upon criteria, and meets to discuss and make recommendations. After HSFCA Board approval of the recommendations, schools and artists are notified. Residencies must be completed by the end of the school year.

How many schools and artists received grants
in SY16-17?

  • 94 schools (out of 109 applying) received grants = 86%
  • 23 (out of 37) ATP Roster individuals worked with granted schools
  • 9 (out of 11) ATP Roster organizations worked with granted schools

Artist in the Schools FAQs (PDF)

Artists in the Schools Art in Public Places (AITS APP) Neighbor Island Grants FAQs

Culmination by Matthew Salenger, stainless steel sculpture at Kalama Intermediate School

What is the HSFCA Art in Public Places (APP) Program?

In 1967, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass legislation that sets aside one percent of state construction appropriations to provide a funding base for the acquisition of works of art. The objectives of the APP Program are to enhance the environmental quality of public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; to cultivate the public’s awareness of visual arts in all media, styles, and techniques; to contribute to the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and to acquire, interpret, preserve, and display works of art expressive of the Hawaiian islands, the multicultural heritages of its people, and the creative interests of its artists.

What is the APP-Artists in Residence Program?

It is a collaborative program between the Department of Education and the HSFCA that provides permanent commissioned works of art in public schools. There are murals and sculptures in public schools across the state. These works of art reflect, and are appropriate to the school’s environment, curriculum, cultural values, and aesthetics.

What is an AITS APP Residency?

The HSFCA Art in Public Places Program is funding a new category of AITS grants. The goal is to increase students’ appreciation of, and engagement with, the permanent works of art at their school.

Neighbor Island schools that have an HSFCA Permanent Work of Art (PWA) that was installed on campus after 1993 are eligible to apply. Oahu schools are not eligible at this time. As with all AITS residencies, an AITS APP residency engages a core group of students for 8 or more sessions (elementary), or 5 or more sessions (secondary), in standards based lessons in fine arts—visual arts, dance, drama, music, and literary arts. The emphasis for this new category of grant, however, is on interpreting the PWA by means of these art forms. The requirement that schools contribute 10% of the grant amount received will be waived for this pilot. (Schools receiving a “regular” AITS grant will still need to contribute 10%.)

What is meant by “interpreting” the PWA?

The school’s Permanent Work of Art is the springboard for observing, describing, making meaning, and wondering. The teaching artist will facilitate the process of thinking and talking about the artwork—its materials, subject matter, theme, style, cultural significance, etc. Students will make personal connections to the artwork and create their own response to some aspect of the artwork through the art form of the teaching artist, i.e. through visual arts, dance, drama, music, or literary arts. As with all AITS residencies, students will be doing art.

What is the grant selection process?

Application materials will be available in February. Schools interested in the AITS APP grant should contact Vivien Lee, SFCA Arts Program Specialist at 808-586-0768 prior to filling out an application. The application questions are the same as on the regular AITS grant. HSFCA expects to fund up to 26 grants in this new category. Applications are due May 2, 2017 at 4:00pm. HST. A panel of arts educators and administrators reads the applications, rates them based on agreed upon criteria, and meets to discuss and make recommendations. After HSFCA Board approval of the recommendations, schools and artists are notified. Residencies must be completed by the end of the school year.

Artists in the Schools Art in Public Places (AITS APP) Neighbor Island Grants FAQs (PDF)