Artists in the Schools

Quality arts experiences for Hawaiʻis K-12 public and charter school students. Applications for Art in Public Places School Year 2021-2022 closed on May 9, 2021.


The Artists in the Schools (AITS) Program is under the jurisdiction of the SFCA. AITS arts residency grants provide engaging, creative and fun learning experiences based on the Fine Arts standards for all grade levels, through residencies with qualified trained teaching artists from the Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster. Many of these teaching artists integrate their art form with other core curriculum areas, such as language arts, math, social studies, and science, meeting both Fine Arts and other core standards.

AITS Values

The Artists in the Schools Program Values:  

  • Partnership – Teaching Artists and schools collaborate closely. 

  • Creativity and Individuality – Teaching Artists and schools design specific experiences that are meaningful to all stakeholders involved. 

  • Cultural Relevance – Pedagogy is well-informed of and responsive to the unique cultural context of Hawaiʻi. 

  • Student-Centered Education – Lessons and experiences empower students to take an active role on their own education and design their learning.

  • Educational Equality – Residencies, PDs, and infrastructure are designed in such a way that we may live into our kuleana to racial and economic equality and support individuals with diverse physical abilities, learning styles, sexualities, gender expressions, and geographic realities. 

Who AITS Is For

All state of Hawai‘i public schools and public charter schools, grades K through 12, are eligible to apply for ONE arts residency grant annually. Schools must work in partnership with a teaching artist from the SFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster to develop the residency. The roster lists qualified trained individual teaching artists and arts organizations. The roster is updated annually before each call for AITS applications. (Download the roster PDF below under “Necessary Materials for Applying”).

AITS Arts Residencies

A residency consists of a minimum of 5 secondary or 8 elementary sessions by the teaching artist with the same core group of students. The learning experiences must support the Fine Arts Standards from the Department of Education Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III. Teaching artists on the Artistic Teaching Partners Roster bring dance, drama/theatre, literary arts, mime, music, puppetry, and visual arts to the classroom in their arts residency.

Types of AITS Arts Residency Grants

Schools may apply for either an Artists in the Schools General Grant or an Artists in the Schools Art in Public Places Grant. All Hawai‘i public and public charter schools are eligible to apply.

Artists in the Schools General Grant

The goal of the general grant is to incorporate the Teaching Artists’ art form into classrooms, utilizing art standards. This grant can be either arts integration, or focused on a specific arts practice. The maximum grant amount is $7,000, with a 10% match from the school. If your school would like to learn about the school match reduction/waiver, please contact Danica Rosengren at [email protected].

Artists in the Schools – Art in Public Places Grant

The goal of this Art in Public Places (APP) Grant is to increase students’ appreciation of, and engagement with, works of art in the Art in Public Places Collection. The emphasis for APP arts residencies is on interpreting an artwork by means of the Teaching Artist’s art form.

The maximum grant amount is $8,000 and there is no school match requirement.

How to Apply

  • The applicant must be a public or public charter school in the State of Hawai‘i. At the time of application, the school must have been in operation, providing services to its students, for a minimum of one semester.
  • Download the materials and forms below and save them to your computer.
    • Read through the materials and instructions.
  • The grant application is done in partnership with an Artistic Teaching Partner (ATP).
    • Select a teaching artist from the Artistic Teaching Partners Roster (download the PDF below under “Necessary Materials for Applying”) and contact the teaching artist.
  • The school must register in the GO Smart online application system.
    • Identify a school AITS contact person who will work with the teaching artist.
    • The AITS application is completed and submitted in the Hawaii GO Smart online application system:

How AITS is Funded

AITS is funded with state appropriations from the State of Hawai‘i Legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and private matching funds from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Download AITS Grant Application Materials and Forms for School Year 2021-2022

Necessary Materials for Applying

Helpful Information for AITS

2020-2021 Schools

These schools received an Artists in the Schools grant for School Year 2020-2021.

School District: Hilo-Waiakea 

  • Connections PCS   
  • Hilo High   
  • Hilo Intermediate   
  • Hilo Union Elementary   
  • Kua O Ka La PCS   
  • Mountain View Elementary  

School District: Honokaʻa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena 

  • Hawaii Technology Academy, Kona PCS 
  • Holualoa Elementary   
  • Honaunau Elementary   
  • Innovations PCS   
  • Kahakai Elementary   
  • Kanu o ka ʻAina NCPCS 
  • Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino   
  • Keaau High   
  • Konawaena Elementary   
  • Konawaena High   
  • Waikoloa Elementary and Middle   
  • Waimea Elementary  

School District: Kaʻu-Keaʻau-Pahoau 

  • Ernest Bowen DeSilva Elementary   
  • Ha’aheo Elementary   
  • Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts & Sciences PCS   
  • Kaʻu High & Pāhala Elementary 
  • Volcano School  of Arts and Sciences PCS   


  • Hawaiʻi Technology Academy, Kauai PCS 
  • Kanuikapono PCS   
  • Kapaʻa High   
  • Kawaikini PCS   
  • Kilauea Elementary   
  • Lānaʻi High & Elementary   

School District: Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui 

  • Hāʻiku Elementary   
  • Hawaii Technology Academy, Maui PCS 
  • Iao Intermediate   
  • Kihei Elementary   
  • King Kekaulike High   
  • Kula Elementary   
  • Lihikai Elementary   
  • Lokelani Intermediate   
  • Makawao Elementary   
  • Maui Waena Intermediate   
  • Pāʻia Elementary   
  • Pōmaika‘i Elementary   
  • Pukalani Elementary   
  • Puʻu Kukui Elementary   
  • Waiheʻe Elementary   
  • Wailuku Elementary   


School District: Hana-Lahainaluna-Lānaʻi-Molokaʻi 

  • Hana Elementary   
  • Kaunakakai Elementary   
  • Kilohana Elementary   
  • Kualapuʻu PCS   
  • Maunaloa Elementary   

School District: Central Oʻahu 

  • Āliamanu Elementary   
  • Haleʻiwa Elementary   
  • Mililani Uka Elementary   
  • Moanalua Middle   
  • Red Hill Elementary    
  • Salt Lake Elementary   
  • Waiʻalae PCS   
  • Waialua Elementary   

School District: Honolulu 

  • Aliʻiolani Elementary   
  • Alliance for Drama Education 
  • Hahaʻione Elementary   
  • Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind 
  • Hokulani Elementary   
  • Kāhala Elementary   
  • Kaimuki Middle   
  • Kalihi Elementary   
  • Kalihi Elementary   
  • Kalihi-Uka Elementary   
  • Kamiloʻiki Elementary   
  • King William C Lunalilo Elementary 
  • Koko Head Elementary   
  • Lanakila Elementary   
  • Linapuni Elementary   
  • Niu Valley Middle   
  • Noelani Elementary   
  • Nuʻuanu Elementary   
  • Pālolo Elementary   
  • Prince Jonah Kūhiō Elementary 
  • Princess Kaiulani Elementary 
  • Princess Likelike Elementary   
  • Queen Kaʻahumanu Elementary   
  • Voyager PCS   
  • Waikīkī Elementary 


School District: Leeward Oʻahu 

  • Barbers Point Elementary   
  • DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach PCS   
  • Ewa Elementary   
  • Kamaile Academy PCS   
  • Kapolei Elementary   
  • Kapolei High   
  • Makakilo Elementary   
  • Mauka Lani Elementary   
  • Pearl City High   
  • Waiʻanae Elementary   
  • Waiau Elementary   
  • Waikele Elementary   


School District: Windward Oʻahu 

  • Aikahi Elementary   
  • Blanche Pope Elementary   
  • Enchanted Lake Elementary   
  • Heʻeia Elementary 
  • James Campbell High   
  • Kaʻaawa Elementary   
  • Kaʻelepulu Elementary   
  • Kailua Elementary   
  • Kailua Intermediate   
  • Kāneʻohe Elementary   
  • Kaohao PCS   
  • Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory PCS   
  • Mālama Honua PCS   
  • Maunawili Elementary   
  • Sunset Beach Elementary   


Danica Rosengren, Arts Education Specialist

AITS Video Lessons

In 2020, the SFCA began making AITS video lessons to enable remote learning.


Poetry Class: Lesson 1 "Sensory Details"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 1.

Poetry Class: Lesson 2 "Observation"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 2.

Poetry Class: Lesson 3 "Personification"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 3.

Poetry Class: Lesson 4 "Similes"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 4.

Poetry Class: Lesson 5 "Metaphor"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 5

Poetry Class: Lesson 6 "Gratitude and Rhyme"

AITS Poetry Class with Laurel Nakanishi, Lesson 6


Music Class: Lesson 1 "Make Practice Sticks and Drum" (Grades K-4)

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming, Lesson 1

Music Class: Lesson 1 "Make Practice Sticks and Drum" (Grades 5-12)

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming, Lesson 2

Music Class: Taiko Drum Playscape Part 1

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming

Music Class: Taiko Drum, Usagi Daiko

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming

Music Class: Taiko Drum Water Door of Kalihi

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming

Music Class: Renshuu Taiko

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming

Music Class: Taiko Drum Playscape Part 2

AITS Music Class with Chizuko Endo, Taiko Drumming

Visual Art

Art Class: Sumi-e Ink Brush

AITS Art Class with Ellen Crocker, Japanese ink brush

Video Gallery

Done in partnership with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education’s video production branch, these videos take you into classrooms and have Artistic Teaching Partners, classroom teachers, school principals, and students explain how the program works and the benefits of the program. See the full album or view individual videos below.

Artists in the Schools Promotional Video 1

A brief overview of the program. (58 seconds)

Artists in the Schools Promotional Video 2

A brief overview of the program. (1 minute 14 seconds)

Artists in the Schools Program

A longer overview of the entire Artists in the Schools program. (6 minutes 24 seconds)

Children in a classroom raising their hands
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Taiko Drumming

Waiahole Elementary School, with ATP Chizuko Endo. (4 minutes 13 seconds)

Performance Poetry

Puohala Elementary School, with ATP Kealoha.  (4 minutes 59 seconds)

Young kid standing in front of the classroom
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Dramatic Role Play

Aliamanu Elementary School, with ATP Lily Brennick from Honolulu Theatre for Youth. (4 minutes 44 seconds)

Classroom of kids with a teacher in front
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Playful Percussion

Keoneula Elementary School, with ATP Michael Wall. (4 minutes 33 seconds)

Six kids playing percussion instruments
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Collaging, A Hero’s Journey

King Kekaulike High School, with ATP Beth Marcil. (4 minutes 55 seconds)

Childs desk with art and scissors on top
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Visual Art, Science & Culture

Kahakai Elementary School with Gerald Lucena from Donkey Mill Art Center. (5 minutes 8 seconds)

Two kids holding up pieces of art
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Moving into Mo‘olelo

Kawaikini Public Charter School and Kilauea Elementary School with ATP Kumu Mauli Ola Cook. (6 minutes 8 seconds)

4 kids playing a game in a circle
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