|Artist Residency Express Grants|
The Artist Residency Express Grant (AREx) is designed for community and educational sponsors to host short-term artist residencies (three day limit) using artists on one of the NAC rosters.
• Non-roster artists may be used, but require additional support materials/work samples (see Artist Selection section below).
• For artist residencies planned for longer than three days, please apply for an annual Arts Learning Grant.
Artist residencies can engage residents of all ages and animate communities – big and small, urban and rural - through interactive creative experiences that can lead to the implementation of dynamic local cultural programs.
The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline collaboratively with students, teachers and community members through participatory activities such as classes, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances or other community events.
ELIGIBLE GRANT AMOUNT: Grant amounts of up to $1200 ($400 a day per artist maximum) are awarded to the sponsoring organization to support artist fees for a one- to three-day residency. In some cases, an artist may charge more than the grant will support or will need help with supplies, travel and/or lodging. It is up to the sponsor to provide the additional funds to enable the residency.
REQUIRED MATCH: No match required. NAC does require that grantees report all in-kind donations of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support. For an explanation and examples of in-kind and how to calculate this, click here.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Nevada nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries. Organizations in the process of applying for nonprofit 501c3 status may apply using a Fiscal Agent.
APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESS: This is a noncompetitive grant category and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants throughout the year as funds are available. As applications arrive, each is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by NAC staff and processed.
In general, AREx applicants will be notified about eligibility and funding within two weeks of submission via e-mail or U.S. Postal Service if no e-mail address is provided.
When engaging a roster artist for a residency, host schools/organizations agree to fulfill the following expectations:
• The primary focus and purpose of the activity involves a visit by an artist who provides participants with an active educational experience in the arts.
• If using a non-roster artist for the first time, check artists’ references and obtain letters of recommendation.
• A written agreement with the artist will be signed by all parties and submitted as part of the grants management package.
• Artist(s) will receive payment directly from the sponsoring organization on the day of the event or at the conclusion of the residency.
• A planning meeting with the artist will occur prior to the date of the activity (on-site or via telephone).
• A full day will not exceed four hours of contact time with participants.
• A teacher or adult representative of the sponsoring organization will be present at all times during the program. If the artist is working with a large group of K-12 students, the adult-student ratio will be appropriate to the activity. This is important for a successful residency. The organization and artist(s) are expected to work cooperatively throughout the project to maintain a productive working environment.
ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
The primary intent of NAC-supported artist residencies for schools and educational facilities is to enrich and support ongoing arts education, not to supplant services more appropriately provided by educators trained in the arts or otherwise. Residency 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 doesn’t 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.
A sponsor may request grants for up to four (4) residencies per year. There are two options for sponsors when selecting artists:
Option 1: Using an NAC Roster Artist
Artists on the (Arts Learning, Folk Arts and Tumblewords) have been chosen through an adjudication process, and are skilled in teaching and sharing their specific art form, whether creative writing, dance, film/video, folk traditions, music, photography, sculpture, theater, storytelling, or visual arts. Download “Bringing the Arts to Life, Bringing Life to the Arts” a NAC publication that provides insights on presenting successful artist residencies.
Click on links below to review different roster artist(s) descriptions:
Option 2: Using a Non-Roster Artist
Sponsors may also select a professional artist who is not on our rosters. Residencies by non-roster artists will require additional support materials that speak to artistic excellence and suitability of the selection. The applicant must provide evidence of artistic merit and experience in presenting public programs. Read the Required Supplemental Material for Non-Roster Artists before submitting your application.
Program staff will review these applications and approve if appropriate. If you have questions regarding artist selection, please contact a NAC program staff member.
ARTIST/SPONSOR RESIDENCY CONTRACT
Sponsors and the residency artist will need to fill out a contract outlining the different responsibilities, dates, materials costs etc. Sponsors may use their own contract form but must submit a signed original with the other grant management forms. Sponsors and the residency artist will need a letter of agreement or a contract outlining the different responsibilities, dates, materials costs etc. To expedite the grant process, a letter or e-mail of commitment from the artist that specifies scope of work, dates, times and fees may be sent in with the application. An original contract signed by both parties must be submitted with the final report. Sponsors may use their own contract form or use our sample as a template. Download a sample of the Artist/Sponsor Residency Contract.
NAC STAFF ASSISTANCE
NAC staff can guide both new and experienced sponsors through the steps necessary to present a rewarding artist residency, providing information and technical assistance in such areas as planning, publicity and audience development.