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What Is an Artist Residency?

In residencies, artists work with teachers and other leaders in educational environments to develop projects that integrate the arts in advancing the goals of the host site. This will generally include up to three core groups, with a recommended maximum of 30 students per group.

For schools, ArtsPath artists can also work with teachers in helping to meet state standards in a wide variety of subject areas, including the arts and humanities. Artists are available to participate through in-service activities and community outreach that would involve the entire population of the host site. Residencies may be hosted by any group wishing to use the arts as an educational component, including schools, senior centers, day care centers, health care facilities, businesses, and civic organizations.

Artist residencies presented through ArtsPath are for a minimum of 10 days plus one day of planning for individual directory artists, and five days plus a planning day for directory companies and ensembles. Longer residencies are encouraged and given funding priority as they allow for a more in-depth learning experience.

How Is a Residency Initiated?

SHARE Vocal GroupThe residency may be initiated by a teacher, an administrator, a community organization, a directory artist, or other party. The host site then submits a simple one-page request for a residency to ArtsPath. After a residency request is approved, the host site coordinator will meet with the artist and ArtsPath to develop activities and goals for the residency. Residency requests will be available each year by April, with funding approvals pending state budget appropriations to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and receipt of the activities and goals for the residency. Requests should be made by June of each year, but will be accepted until funding is exhausted. Funding is approved on a first-come, first-served basis, with residency requests of 20 days or more receiving first consideration.

What Are the Costs and How Much Does ArtsPath Cover?

The cost of a residency will vary depending on the plan developed, the length of the residency, the artist selected, allowable mileage and per diem (if 50 miles of more from their home to the host site), and quality of the application. For the minimum residency length of 10 days plus a planning day, the total cost is approximately $4,000, with ArtsPath providing up to 30 percent of the artist fees. For residencies of 15 days, ArtsPath will provide up to 40 percent of the artist fees, and up to 50 percent for residencies of 20 days. Residencies of more than 20 days may be funded over 50 percent as determined by ArtsPath and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. On a limited basis and with prior approval, ArtsPath is also able to cover supplies up to the same percentage as the artist fees.

The host site can find its match through its own budget, district budget, PTA/PTG/PTO, booster organization, fund-raising event, additional grants (other than the PCA), municipality funding, or private contributions and is responsible for only a percentage of the artist fees and a small 10 percent administrative fee. Once ArtsPath gives final residency approval, the host site administrator will receive a letter of confirmation detailing all costs, and, upon completion of the residency, an invoice for their share of the costs. ArtsPath will handle payment to the artists.

Senior paintingHow Do You Receive Funding?

It is simple. The Residency Request and Residency Planning Documents are available online, from any ArtsPath artist, or by contacting ArtsPath directly. Those considering a residency are encouraged to submit their Residency Request by June of the preceding year. However, requests may be submitted throughout the year provided funding is available. The request involves a few simple questions, ideas on the artist and discipline you would like to consider, and a signature from a site administrator, such as a principal or director, to agree that, if the plan is approved and funded by ArtsPath, the site will be able to provide the remainder. After receiving the request, we will contact you and walk you and the artist through the planning phase of your project.

Free technical assistance prior to submitting your request is always available. The funding is for the year beginning September 1 and ending August 31, with notification of funding sent by August 15 or within 30 days if submitted after August 15. Priority will be given to residency requests of 20 days or more.

Residency StudentsWho Are the Artists?

Each artist is selected through a rigorous application process administered through ArtsPath and other AIE partners throughout the state. Selected artists must meet specific criteria, including demonstration of professional artistic excellence and ability to communicate their art form in an educational setting. Applicants present a portfolio, are interviewed by a panel of arts experts approved by the state, and are then observed in a classroom setting.

Information on artists recommended by the panel is then sent to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for final review and recommendation. In addition to artists recommended by ArtsPath, all artists placed on the Pennsylvania Directory of AIE Artists either by the state or other AIE partners are eligible to present residencies in the region serviced through ArtsPath. All artists hold appropriate security clearances for working in a school with copies of their documents available upon request.

Information for Artists

During the winter months, ArtsPath solicits professional artists to submit an application which will include work samples, narrative comments, letters of recommendation, and a résumé. If you would like to receive an application for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Directory of Artists-in-Education, please contact us or check online.

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Logo: Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsThis program is made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation and administered regionally by ArtsPath through the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is additionally supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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