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Grant Spotlight: Artist-in-Residence Program

Grant Spotlight: Artist-in-Residence Program

What is the Artist-in-Residence Program?

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program brings schools and community organizations together with artists to share engaging, personal, and sustained arts learning experiences. The program provides grants to place professional artists in a variety of educational and community settings to facilitate learning in, through, and about the arts.

 What is the potential grant award for this program?

The total professional fee for an artist is $1,200 per week. Grants are awarded to residency hosts to cover $800 per week, with hosts responsible for the remaining $400 per week. This is a one-year grant.

 What types of organizations are eligible for this award?

Eligible organizations include public, private, charter, or parochial schools (pre-kindergarten through university level) and other community or social service organizations that provide arts programming. Applicants should have nonprofit status or intent.

 How do communities benefit from an Artist-in-Residence?

Artists and their hosts collaboratively plan an in-depth art-making experience to creatively engage participants of varying ages, cultures, and experiences. The artist also shares their artistic work with participants and the community, and provides a professional development workshop for staff.

 How is this award determined?

A panel of arts and cultural professionals and community members evaluate AIR applications. The grant criteria is divided into four categories: Program Quality, Community Engagement, Defining and Measuring Success, and Resource Management.

 What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply for the Artist-in-Residence grant is February 1, 2017.

Chiquita Mullins Lee, arts learning coordinator, shares the story of an AIR-funded program that occurred in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers’ victory in the NBA championship was just one exciting event in Cleveland last June. Lincoln Park celebrated the completion of an amazing work of public art in the historic Tremont neighborhood. Internationally-renowned ceramic artist, and longtime Tremont resident, Angelica Pozo led her neighbors in an Artist-in-Residence project funded by the Ohio Arts Council. As one of the first communities to be settled in Cleveland, Tremont boasts a diverse ethnic heritage and this diversity is reflected in the Lincoln Park mural. Participants painted ceramic tiles and affixed them to the wall in Lincoln Park, transforming a functional structure into a multi-layered narrative of the neighborhood. Tremont resident Sandy Schultz, who created a tile showing an image of her house, said, “Angelica taught me that she’s an artist who can connect a community so that we are not isolated. And she taught me to be an artist.” Angelica is an experienced artist on the OAC teaching artist roster and is available to conduct residencies throughout Ohio.

Learn more about the Artist in Residence program.

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