Arts Residencies in Schools Grants (ARSG) support individual teaching artists trained in curriculum-based art techniques to serve students from communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources and that have limited access to arts education experiences throughout the school year. Teaching artists are required to collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts program for students during the school day. The program must benefit students in a public or non-public elementary, middle, or high school located in Montgomery County. Grants for FY22 will be awarded for activities occurring between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.
Awards range from at least $1,000 up to $6,000.
By awarding Arts Residencies in Schools Grants, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks to:
- Provide funding for arts-based programming that connects to the Montgomery County or Maryland State curriculum;
- Promote diverse arts education offerings and experiences to students in Montgomery County;
- Forge relationships amongst artists, teachers, and students through interactive, participatory programs;
- Allow students to interact and learn from artists; an opportunity that students may not have if these collaborations did not exist;
- Support students from communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources; and
- Encourage artists and scholars to apply for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artists in Residence Roster
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FY22 Important Dates
- Application Deadline – Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff. All applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through AHCMC’s grants portal.
Late letters of intent, applications, and relevant materials will not be accepted.
Additional Dates Post-Application
- Panel Review (virtual) – November 2021
- Award Announcement – December 2021
- FY22 Grant Change Request Deadline – November 30, 2022
- FY22 Final Report Due – January 2023
- Friday, October 8, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- These events have passed.
All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform. Go to our Workshops & Webinars page to see upcoming workshops and webinars for all open grant categories.
Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grants portal.
During each webinar, grants staff will review major eligibility requirements, present an overview of the grant category, and offer technical assistance for both the application process and the online grants portal.
Required Application Materials:
All applicants must submit:
- Completed Narrative
- Artist Profile
- The profile of the artist as shown on the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Arts Directory
- AHCMC’s Teaching Artist Roster is permanently closed. Applicants who were previously approved to be on AHCMC’s Roster do not have to submit an AHCMC Artist Roster profile.
- Letter of Commitment
- The letter should state that the school has committed to partnering with the applicant on the residency as described and during the allowable grant period. The letter should be signed by the collaborating classroom teacher.
- MCPS Schools at a Glance Information Sheet
- Click here to search for a school’s information sheet
- If the applicant is collaborating with a non-public school, please provide information that is comparable to that found on the MCPS website, including the FARMS rate and programs for ESOL students and students with disabilities.
- Lesson Plan(s)
- Programming Support Materials
- Work Sample(s)
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
An applicant is eligible to apply for an award if they meet all the following requirements by the published application deadline:
- Is a teaching artist on the AHCMC Teaching Artist Roster and/or the Maryland State Arts Council’s (MSAC) Teaching Artist Roster;
- Has established a relationship with a public or non-public elementary, middle, or high school based in Montgomery County, MD;
- Has resided in Montgomery County, MD with a verifiable mailing address in Montgomery County, MD for at least 12 months prior to the deadline;
- Is at least 21 years old;
- Is not a full-time student;
- Is able to provide AHCMC with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) prior to undertaking the grant activities; and
- Has met all outstanding requirements for any grant(s) received from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County in prior years.
Residency Eligibility Requirements
Eligible residencies must:
- Take place between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022;
- Take place in Montgomery County, MD;
Residencies may be in person or virtual but must follow current COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events as required by the Montgomery County Health Department. (Click here for additional information.)
- Be implemented by the applicant, who is listed in one of the approved rosters under Eligibility Requirements;
- Serve students at a school with a school-wide FARMS rate greater than 35% as listed on the MCPS Schools at a Glance page.
- Alternatively, the residency may take place at a school with a school-wide FARMS rate less than 35% if the proposed residency will specifically serve students within a clearly defined program that serves ESOL students or students with disabilities, as listed on the school’s MCPS Schools at a Glance page.
- If the residency will take place at a non-public school, the applicant must provide information that is comparable to that found on the MCPS Schools at a Glance page, including the FARMS and ESOL and Special Education programs.
This application deadline has passed.
Need to review or download your application? Access SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply) here: https://artsandhumanities.smapply.io/
FY22 ARSG Templates:
*Know that these are templates for your reference only – all applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through the grants portal.*
- Click here to download a PDF of the FY22 ARSG Application Template
- Click here to download a Word document of the FY22 ARSG Application Template
- Click here to download a PDF of the 2020-2021 MCPS Schools at a Glance reference sheet
For current grantees, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply).
FY22 Arts Residencies in Schools Grants (ARSG)
$33,550 awarded for January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Arts Residencies in Schools Grants support individual teaching artists based in Montgomery County, MD trained in curriculum-based art techniques to serve students from communities that have traditionally received insufficient resources and that have limited access to arts education throughout the school year. Grantees are required to collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts program for students during the school day. The program must benefit students in a public or non-public elementary, middle, or high school located in Montgomery County, MD. Six teaching artists received FY22 awards within this category.
Albert Einstein High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School ($5,700)
Grant funds will be used for two virtual dance integration residencies focused on world history and culture. The residencies will highlight students’ creative voices and social-emotional learning. One residency will engage a group of 9th-12th grade Albert Einstein High School dance students and the second residency will engage a group of 7th–8th grade A. Mario Loiederman Middle School students.
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School and Galway Elementary School ($5,083)
Grant funds will be used for a residency at Dr. Charles Drew Elementary, engaging students in the principles of theatre, the art of storytelling and the project will also include professional development for teachers. Grant funds will also be used for a visual arts and storytelling residency at Galway Elementary School that will engage all 1st grade students. The second residency will help students improve their English Language Arts and social-emotional skills.
Summit Hall Elementary School ($5,700)
Grant funds will be used to create a large-scale glass mosaic and painted mural that will be created by 3rd grade students at Summit Hall Elementary School and permanently installed on the exterior facade of the school. Students will learn about the history and culture of South Africa and find inspiration in their personal heritage and traditions to create a mural that will visually reflect the school community as a celebration of the many cultures and voices it represents.
Wheaton High School ($5,790)
In collaboration with veteran environmental and horticultural science instructors at Wheaton High School, grant funds will be used for two photography and nature arts-integrated residencies. Students will be guided by the grantee to see themselves as protectors of their own community. With an emphasis on effective communication, creative expression, environmental literacy and stewardship, this hands-on experience will reveal environmental challenges impacting the student’s suburban neighborhood. The residencies will culminate in a school-wide photography exhibit.
Glenallan Elementary School ($5,790)
Grant funds will be used for two virtual cartooning residencies at Glenallan Elementary School, during which 3rd grade students will write and illustrate their own original fables in graphic novel format. The students’ artwork will be displayed at the school and on the school’s website.
Seneca Valley High School and Stedwick Elementary School ($5,487)
Grant funds will be used for a residency at Seneca Valley High School during which students will explore fairy tales through puppetry to learn how to create, present, respond, and connect to the arts of storytelling, theatre, and film. Grant funds will also be used for a residency at Stedwick Elementary School, during which students will explore a range of theatre strategies to learn how to create, present, respond, and connect to specific cultures, individuals, and moments in history while improving their English Language Arts and social-emotional skills.