How do I find an artist for my project?

If you do not know of a suitable artist for your project, the Program Consultant can provide suggestions and help you find one.

Why does there have to be an inquiry question?

The Artists in Schools program has adopted an action research model for the program. Action research is about learning at the local level. When teachers state a question, they are expressing what they and students would like to learn during the course of the project. Inquiry learning encourages students and teachers to engage in creative processes and develop their own questions, learning methods and ideas. This way of working and learning parallels the way artists work in their own arts practice. It also encourages students, teachers and artists to be collaborators and co-learners.

Why the partnership be established between the teacher/school and the artist?

Most effective projects come out of strong partnerships between the school/teacher and the professional artists - relationships that are genuine and where both partners plan and execute the project, respecting each others' roles.

Who is eligible to apply for Artists in Schools grants?

The Saskatchewan Arts Board invites applications from partnerships that include an elementary or secondary classroom, school or a school division; a professional artist or group of artists. The teacher/school and artist must make the application.

Are any activities considered ineligible for funding?

The Artists in Schools program is not intended to fund the ongoing teaching of the provincial arts education program in schools. For example, hiring a band instructor to teach band or a dance instructor to teach dance would be ineligible projects. Nor is Artists in Schools funding intended for the purchase of equipment (e.g. kilns, digital cameras, computers). If you have concerns about eligibility of your project activities, contact the Program Consultant.

Can schools apply to have the same project funded again?

Yes. Ongoing involvement with the Artists in Schools program increases the impact on the school and community. Most schools that have received funding in consecutive years have developed new projects each year. However, we will entertain applications for repeat projects as well. Keep in mind that Artists in Schools s is not intended to fund ongoing programs that are the responsibility of a school or school division.

How do Artists in Schools projects tie into existing school programs?

Research shows that special projects in schools have more lasting impact if they are integrated into the learning program in the classroom. This means that the project fits into a broader unit of study planned by the teacher, with preparation and follow-up for the project activities. The teacher or teachers work with the other project partners in the planning, and assume responsibility for setting learning outcomes and determining where the project fits with curricula in arts education and other subject areas.

Can a teacher be paid as part of the Artists in Schools grant?

Artists in Schools projects are intended to be integrated into regular classroom activity. A teacher's participation would then be part of his/her teaching duties. If there are exceptional circumstances, such as a teacher who is also an artist taking leave from the classroom to participate as an artist, this should be made clear in the budget.

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