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 FY21 will be awarded for activities occurring between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
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
We are no longer accepting applications for FY21 ARSG. Sign up for the Grants Newsletter below to receive updates about the FY22 grants cycle!
- Dates + Deadlines
- Workshops + Webinars
- Guidelines + Eligibility
- Previous Grants Awarded
- FY20 Grantees
FY21 Important Dates
- Application Deadline – Friday, October 23, 2020 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 (conference call)
- November 2020
- Award Announcement – December 2020
- FY21 Grant Change Request Deadline – Monday, November 30, 2021
- FY21 Final Report Due – January 31, 2022
- Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- This event has passed.
- Friday, October 9, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- This event has passed.
Webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and online grants portal.
At every 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 Roster Profile
- The profile of the artist as shown on the Maryland State Arts Council Artists in Residence Roster
- 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 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 and ESOL rate for the school.
- Programming Support Materials
- Work Sample
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;
- Has established a relationship with a public or non-public elementary, middle, or high school based in Montgomery County, MD;
- Resides in Montgomery County, MD;
- Is listed on the AHCMC Teaching Artist Roster and/or the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artists in Residence Roster; 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, 2021 and December 31, 2021;
- Take place in Montgomery County, MD;
- Residencies may be in-person or virtual but must follow the social distance guidelines required by Montgomery County.
- 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 rate for the school.
The FY21 ARSG application is closed.
FY21 ARSG Templates:
*Know that these are templates for your reference only – all applications and relevant materials must be submitted online through the grants portal.*
FY20 Arts Residencies in Schools (ARSG)
$39,599 awarded for January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Arts Residencies in Schools Grants support the work of individual teaching artists trained in curriculum-based arts education. Teaching artists collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts education program for students during the school day.
Eastern Middle School and White Oak Middle School ($6,000)
Grant funds will be used for a theatre residency by Ali Oliver-Krueger, exploring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other selected Shakespearean texts, with 7th grade students at Eastern Middle School. Students in twelve 7th grade English classes will participate in a sequentially structured residency of 4 sessions each. Over the course of the residency, students will explore, analyze, interpret and perform selections from Shakespeare’s plays. A second residency exploring only Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with 7th grade students will take place at White Oak Middle School. Students in all ten 7th grade English classes will follow the same structure as the first residency.
Summit Hall Elementary School ($6,000)
Grant funds will be used for South African-born artist Carien Quiroga to work with 3rd grade students at Summit Hall Elementary School. Students will create a large-scale glass mosaic mural that will be permanently installed on the exterior facade of the building. During this collaborative mosaic mural making residency, students will learn about the history and culture of South Africa. Students will also find inspiration in their own personal heritage and traditions, while creating a painted and mosaic mural that will celebrate the school community and the many cultures and voices it represents.
Glenallan Elementary School ($6,000)
Grant funds will be used for a cartooning residency during which 4th grade students at Glenallan Elementary School will work with teaching artist Leila Cabib to write and illustrate their own original fairy tales in graphic novel format. Each student will complete one page in pen ink and color. The students’ artwork will be displayed at the school.
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School and JoAnn Leleck Elementary School ($5,998)
Arianna Ross will work with a cross-section of teachers and students at Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School on a project focused on storytelling and building literacy skills. The project will include: 1) a 2-hour professional development workshop held during staff meeting time to maximize teacher participation; 2) back-to-back performances for the whole school to enjoy; and 3) a series of three 45-minute workshops for six classrooms. For the second residency, JoAnn Leleck Elementary School has asked Arianna Ross to work with the 1st grade class to focus on developing their literacy skills. The second residency is structured the same as the first, except the series of workshops will be for seven classrooms.
Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School ($3,601)
Grant funds will be used to allow 220 6th grade students at Dr. Martin Luther King Middle School to work with Sue Fierston over 4 days to create a 9 x 12 inch watercolor painting. The painting will reinforce a lesson in ekphrasis. Students will write a poem inspired by a work of art they will see on a field trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Over four 45-minute lessons, students will learn art skills with Ms. Fierston, including contour drawing, watercolor painting, and interpreting symbolic color, and will create a symbolic watercolor painting reflecting the emotion of their poem.
Wheaton Woods Elementary School ($6,000)
Teaching Artist and photographer Joanne Miller will lead 3rd grade students at Wheaton Woods Elementary School on a photographic journey. This arts-integrated residency is designed to bring the study of art and nature into the classroom and students outside to photograph the natural world. Classroom instruction begins with art vocabulary and ecosystem concepts. Instruction in camera use precedes photography outdoors with 30 cameras provided by the artist. Students will use their imaginations to create a collage incorporating two chosen photographs and a drawing to demonstrate understanding of art and ecosystem concepts.
Albert Einstein High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School ($6,000)
Grant funds will be used for a dance integration residency at Albert Einstein High School focused on history and world cultural themes, which will be conducted with a core group of 9th – 12th grade students. Students will work with Dr. Clancy and a teaching assistant to create work using improvisation, choreographic devices and structures, and the elements of dance to highlight historical and cultural themes. A second residency will take place at Loiederman Middle School, focused on the same themes, which will be conducted with a core group of 7th – 8th grade students.
Information for FY20 Grantees
Additional Dates Post-Application
- Final Report Deadline – February 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
All reports must be submitted online through SM Apply. A link for SM Apply will be available soon in January 2021.