Arts Council Offering Grants For School Residencies

by Sheila Ash

Teachers across Kentucky can now apply for Teacher Initiated Program grants for short-term artist residencies for the fall 2011 school year.

Carrie Nath, Arts Education Director for the Kentucky Arts Council, says it provides a more hands on way of learning.

“The arts can in addition to teaching the art form and the appreciation of that art form, the arts help build 21st century skills which is a huge demand in all school systems,” she says. “The help reach out to those what we might call exceptional learners people who need a alternative approach to learning.”

Grant awards, based on one to four week residencies are between almost 600 dollars to more than 2 thousand dollars with the schools paying a portion of the grant amount.

The schools select artists from the Council’s Arts Education Roster. The application deadline is January 15th.

For more information, visit the Arts Council’s website.