Artists in the Classroom Grants for Schools
Artists in the Classroom
Primary funding partner, BC Arts Council
ArtStarts has a long history of bringing professional artists into classrooms across BC through the Artists in the Classroom* (AIC) grant program. This funding program supports projects that put students in direct contact with a professional artist in residence in their classroom and aims to connect an art form and another subject area to meet evolving objectives in both.
*This program was previously known as Artists in Education 2 or AIE 2.
Program goals and objectives
- Expose young people to workshops, performances, and residencies that have artistic quality and educational merit.
- Balance exposure of the arts to young people in remote, rural and urban environments.
- Establish professional standards for arts practices and presentations in schools and expose BC’s children and youth to professional quality arts programming.
- Develop, maintain and expand the market for professional artists working with children and youth.
- Facilitate communication between the arts and education communities by developing mutual awareness, respect and appreciation.
- Promote the arts as an area of study and professional employment.
- Watch this video highlighting a successful artist residency:
- Explore past exhibitions in the ArtStarts Gallery, featuring exemplary work produced through successful projects
- Download residency project lists:
ArtStarts gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders of the Artists in the Classroom program.
Photos on this page
1 Arrow Lakes School in Nakusp, BC: "The ABCs of Community" with artist Morgen Bardati | Bowen Island Community School on Bowen Island, BC: "Virtues Made Visible" with artists Gerald Morrisseau, Andrea Klann and Saffron Gurney