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Arts Education RosterThe Artist in Residence Program (AIR) provides students, teachers and communities with direct hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with teaching artists. The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers and community members through a variety of components that may include teacher workshops, classes, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, community events, and perhaps a final project. The Artist in Residence funding will be made through the arts education (AEP/AEC) grants

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A Teaching Artist is a professional or traditional visual, performing, or literary artist with training and experience in an art form and with knowledge of educational practice who works in schools and in the community. The Teaching Artist may work in long term or short-term residencies in classrooms or in a community setting, or may lead program development through involvement in curricular planning and residencies with school partners. The Teaching Artist is an educator who brings the creative process into the classroom and the community.

The primary intent of the AIR Program is to enrich and support ongoing arts education, not to supplant services more appropriately provided by educators trained in the arts or otherwise. AIR artists are expected to engage students and/or teachers in the artistic process through innovative project-based leadership and modeling, not to supplant or substitute services more appropriately provided by certified teachers. To that end, in-school residencies will only be funded if they supplement an existing program or provide a service that certified teachers typically cannot offer, unless the applicant makes an extremely compelling case otherwise. In any event, artists working in a K-12 residency setting may never work with students without the supervision of a teacher unless they have the expressed written consent of the school's principal.

Typically, an artist residency, especially in a school setting, requires a planning committee that must include the artist (by phone or email if not locally available), and could also include teachers, administrators, parents, and leaders of community groups like the local arts council, libraries, and parks and recreation programs.

Often a residency design provides the artist an opportunity to practice his/her art form and the community opportunities to observe or assist the artist in his/her creative process. For example, a visual artist may require a designated studio space or a dancer may require a suitable rehearsal space.

The AIR Program also encourages students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the role of the arts in education. Artists can contribute to the learning process for people of all ages. One artist can be the creative spark that inspires a teacher, administrator, school district, or whole community to incorporate the arts as a more central and permanent component of daily life.

Lastly, a very important part of a successful residency is sharing the ongoing and final activities of a residency with members of the community and elected officials to develop a broadening of support and funding for arts education.


• Facilitate opportunities for professional artists to work in school and community settings
• Facilitate opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to develop skills, knowledge, and appreciation in and of the arts
• Facilitate opportunities for teachers of the arts to expand their skills and knowledge
• Facilitate opportunities for teachers of non-arts subjects to learn how to strengthen teaching and learning across the curriculum through arts integration techniques

AIR Roster is a resource of teaching artists for teachers and communities seeking to bring the creative process into the classroom and community. The professional artists applied to the roster with the intent of being artists in residence in Nevada’s schools and communities. The roster also indentifies those artists which have experience with youth-at-risk programs, social service programs, special needs programs and life long learning programs.

Acceptance onto the roster is based on artistic excellence, teaching and residency experience, and quality of proposed educational materials as judged by an independent panel of arts and education professionals.

Organizations applying for a residency are encouraged to engage an AIR Roster artist for their residency however non-Roster artists may also be used. Click on AEP/AEC Grants for information.

The fixed wage and per diem requirements for artists have been eliminated. Applicants will be required to provide a “minimum” wage for artists (currently $40/hour). Beyond the minimum wage, however, artists may negotiate their own financial arrangements, including wages, travel, per diem, and housing. All of these costs should be added together and entered into the budget as an “all-inclusive” artist fee under Outside Artistic Fees and Services.

QUESTIONS: Please contact
Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Education Coordinator to see if your project qualifies for an Arts Education Grant.