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
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.
- Click here to register!
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.
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For current grantees, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed online through AHCMC’s grants portal, SurveyMonkey Apply (SM Apply).
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.*
FY21 Arts Residencies in Schools (ARSG)
$28,160 awarded for January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
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 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, MD. 5 teaching artists received FY21 awards within this category.
Glenallan Elementary School ($6,000)
Grant funds will be used for a virtual cartooning residency during which 4th grade students at Glenallan Elementary School will work with Leila Cabib to write and illustrate their own original fairy tales in graphic novel format. The students’ artwork will be displayed on the school’s website.
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School and JoAnn Leleck Elementary School ($6000)
Arianna Ross will work with a cross-section of teachers and students at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School, including five SCB (School Community-Based services for students with severe or profound intellectual and/or multiple disabilities) teachers. The grant will fund three 1.5-hour professional development workshops, back-to-back performances for the whole school, and three 45-minute residency sessions for six classrooms. At JoAnn Leleck Elementary School, Arianna Ross will work with 1st grade students to develop their literacy skills, including a 1.5-hour professional development workshop, back-to-back performances for the whole school, and three 45-minute workshops for seven classrooms.
Albert Einstein High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School ($6,000)
Adrienne Clancy will lead a virtual dance integration residency for students at Einstein High School. The residency will focus on world history and cultures and will highlight students’ creative voices and social-emotional learning. A core group of 9th – 12th grade students, with a teaching assistant of a different cultural background, will create work using the elements of dance, such as improvisation and choreography, integrated with historical and cultural themes. At Loiederman Middle School, the residency will be conducted with a core group of 7th and 8th grade students.
Seneca Valley High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School ($4,891)
At Loiederman Middle School, Steven Barker will lead three sessions, engaging 6th – 8th-grade classrooms. The whole school will receive kick-off performances providing a frame of reference for the residency. Students will explore puppet theatre to learn how to connect to subjects relevant to them, while improving their English Language Arts and social-emotional skills. The Seneca Valley High School residency includes nine sessions engaging, students in Theatre, Special Needs Theatre, and IB Film. All theatre students will receive a kick-off performance, providing a frame of reference for storytelling as performance art. Students will explore fairytales through puppetry to teach students how to connect storytelling, theatre, and film.
Stedwick Elementary School and Galway Elementary School ($5,269)
At Stedwick Elementary School, Valerie Baugh-Schlossberg will lead a 12-session residency with 4th and 5th grade classrooms. The entire school will receive a kick-off theatrical performance. Students will learn how to emulate the theatrical performance and will explore a range of theatre strategies to learn how to understand specific cultures, individuals, and moments in history while improving their English Language Arts and social-emotional skills. The residency at Galway Elementary School includes four sessions to engage 2nd grade students, as well as general education and learning centers (classrooms for students with significant special education needs). Online performances will also expose students to professional theatre.