Arts Residencies in Schools Grants

Arts Residencies in Schools Grants (ARSG) support individual teaching artists and scholars 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.

Applicants may apply for and receive up to $6,000 and no less than $1,000.

The FY21 ARSG application will open in the fall of 2020. To be notified when the FY21 ARSG guidelines are released, please sign up for AHCMC’s newsletter at the bottom of the page.

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
  • Encourage artists and scholars to apply for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Roster
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Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:59 pm

AHCMC Grants Team

Ana-Alicia Feng
Grants Program Coordinator
(301) 565-3805 ext. 21
Karen Judson
Grants Program Manager
(301) 565-3804
Takenya LaViscount
Grants Director
(240) 839-4519
Dates + Deadlines

FY20 Submission Deadlines

  • Application – Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:59 p.m.
  • The FY20 submission deadline has passed

First-time applicants are highly encouraged to contact Grants Program staff. Applications and all relevant materials must be submitted online. Late applications and relevant materials will not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted for activities occurring from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

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Additional Dates Post-Application

  • Panel Review (conference call)
    • Friday, November 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Award Announcement – late December 2019
  • FY20 Grant Change Request Deadline – Friday, May 15, 2020
  • FY20 Final Report Due – January 31, 2021 – 11:59 p.m.
Workshops + Webinars

Workshops at AHCMC

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
  • This event has passed


  • Monday, October 7, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.
  • This event has passed

All AHCMC webinars will be hosted through the Zoom platform.

Workshops and webinars allow grant-seekers to ask AHCMC grants staff specific questions about the grant guidelines, application, and FluidReview online grant portal. At each workshop and webinar, grants staff will review major eligibility requirements, present an overview of the grant category, and offer technical assistance for the application process and use of the FluidReview online grant portal.



Guidelines + Eligibility


Click here to view the full FY20 ARSG Guidelines

Required Application Materials:

An eligible teaching artist must submit:

  1. Completed Narrative
  2. Artist Profile
    • The profile of the artist as shown on the AHCMC Teaching Artists Roster, or the Maryland State
      Arts Council Artists in Residence Roster
  3. Letter of Commitment
    • New requirement! A letter of commitment submitted by the classroom teacher or school
  4. “Schools at a Glance” Information Sheet
    • The sheet can be located here
    • If the school partner is not a public school, please provide information that is comparable to
      that found on the MCPS website, including the FARMS and ESOL rate for the school.
  5. Work Sample
  6. Supplemental Materials

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a Teaching Artist who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have established a relationship with a public, nonpublic, elementary, middle, or high school based in Montgomery County
    • The school must hold a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Board of Education, or be operated by a bona fide church organization as defined by the regulations of the Maryland State Board of Education
    • The school must be able to commit at least one teacher to collaborate with the artist/scholar
  • Resides in Montgomery County
  • Is listed on the AHCMC Teaching Artist Roster and/or the Maryland State Artists in Residence Roster

Project Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the project must:

  • Serve students at a school with a school-wide FARMS rate greater than 35% as listed on the MCPS School at a Glance; OR
  • Serve students within a clearly defined program that benefits ESOL students, and/or students with disabilities. The defined program must be listed on the school’s MCPS School at a Glance page, nonpublic schools must provide comparable information; AND
  • Be implemented by the artist listed in one of the approved rosters.

Click here for a list of all MCPS Schools with their 2017-2018 FARMS rates.


The application deadline has passed.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this year.

If you are a grantee, all grant agreements and final reports must be completed on the FluidReview application portal. Click HERE to login.

Guides for FluidReview:

  • Download the FY20 ARSG Application Template (Know that this is a template for your reference only. All applications, and relevant materials must be submitted online)
Previous Grants Awarded

FY20 Arts Residencies in Schools Grants

$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.

Review Arts Residencies in Schools Grants from previous fiscal years and all of our grants awarded from any grants category HERE.

Ali Oliver-Krueger

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.

Carien Quiroga

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.

Leila Cabib

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.

Arianna Ross

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.

Sue Fierston

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.

Joanne Miller

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.

Adrienne Clancy

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.