Artists in the Schools

Artists in the Schools Program

Students holding up their artwork

Learn more about the program in this short video

Artists in the Schools – PROMO 2 from HIDOE – Video Production Branch on Vimeo.

Call for School Year 2020 AITS Applications


April 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Standard Time. All applications must be submitted online.


The Artists in the Schools (AITS) Program is under the jurisdiction of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA). Arts Education is a priority in the SFCA Strategic Plan: “Strengthen arts education for all learners.” The AITS Program provides an engaging, creative and fun learning experience based on the Fine Arts standards, through residencies with qualified teaching artists from the Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster for all grade levels. Many of these 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.

Who AITS Is For

All state of Hawai‘i public school and public charter schools are eligible to apply for an arts residency grant annually. A residency consists of 5 to 8 or more 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. Schools must use a teaching artist from the SFCA’s Artistic Teaching Partners Roster. The roster is updated annually before each call for AITS applications.

AITS Arts Residencies

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, through either an Artists in the Schools Regular Grant or an Artists in the Schools Art in Public Places Permanent Works of Art Grant.

Artists in the Schools Regular Grant

All Hawai‘i public and public charter schools are eligible to apply.

Artists in the Schools APP Permanent Works of Art Grant

Schools that have an eligible SFCA Permanent Work of Art (PWA) are eligible to apply for an Artists in the Schools Art in Public Places Permanent Works of Art Grant (AITS APP PWA Grant). A PDF of eligible schools is available for download below. The goal is to increase students’ appreciation of, and engagement with, the permanent works of art at their school. The emphasis for AITS APP PWA arts residencies is on interpreting the PWA by means of the art forms.

How AITS is funded

AITS is funded with 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. In the current 2019 school year, 105 schools received AITS grants to conduct their arts residencies.

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.
  • The grant application is done in partnership with an Artistic Teaching Partner (ATP). Select an artist from the Artistic Teaching Partners Roster (download the PDF below under “Necessary Materials for Applying”) and contact the artist.
  • Work with the artist to complete the application and submit it online.

Download AITS Grant Application Materials and Forms for School Year 2020

Required Application Materials

Necessary Materials for Applying

Helpful Information for AITS

Related Links

Learn More About the Program in These Short Videos

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.

All Videos

Album of all ten videos: Artists in the Schools Album

Individual Videos