How do I find an artist for my project?

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

Why does there have to be a research 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 would like to learn during the course of the project. What they learn can be applied to their own arts teaching as well as being of value to other teachers who might have similar questions and needs.

Why does the Artists in Schools program focus on inquiry learning?

Inquiry learning encourages students to 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 must the teacher/school be the applying partner?

The impact of an Artists in Schools project is greater if the teacher connects the project with his/her planned learning program in the school. Project planning is key. The only one who can plan the project with curriculum outcomes in mind is the teacher. Ideally, this would be done in partnership with the artists.

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, group of artists or a professional arts organization; and a community partner. The community partner may be an arts group, but does not need to be. The teacher/school 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 ArtsSmarts 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 Arts and Learning 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.

Why does there have to be a community partner?

The Artists in Schools program is working to achieve sustainability for arts education for K-12 students and, ultimately, for the arts in society. Community involvement in the arts is essential to achieving these goals.

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

ArtsSmarts 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.

Looking for FAQs common for all programs? Check out the General FAQs.