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:






ArtStarts gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders of the Artists in the Classroom program.

BC Arts CouncilProvince of BC 

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