Applications now Open!
Artists in the Classroom grants bring professional artists into schools for rich learning experiences.
Artists, Teachers, Principals and PAC Representatives can apply for Artists in the Classroom (AIC) Grants to bring professional artists into the classrooms. Through AIC, artists and educators collaborate to expand the role of arts in education and activate learning for young people across BC. AIC Grants support projects in schools across BC that demonstrate artistic impact, strong curricular connections, high levels of student engagement and an active partnership between educators and professional artists.
Artists in the Classroom grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools through a partnership agreement with BC Arts Council and funded by the Province of British Columbia.
Projects can take place anytime during the 2021-22 School Year.
New Application Form: We have updated all of our systems at ArtStarts. The form is entirely online and can be edited by multiple collaborators. The form also calculates grant amounts for you and streamlines the granting process. You can learn more about how to use the form here. The structure and eligibility of the grant is the same, we are only updating how you apply to improve efficiency.
Artists in the Classroom grants are disbursed by ArtStarts in Schools through a partnership agreement with BC Arts Council and funded by the Province of British Columbia. Additional funds are provided by Telus STORYHIVE and the Columbia Basin Trust.
Grants of up to $3,500 for small-scale projects and grants of up to $10,000 for large-scale projects are available. AIC grants can fund up to 70% of total project costs and can only cover eligible expenses. The remaining 30% of costs, including ineligible expenses, must be covered by other sources secured by the applicant.
Educators: Have an idea for a project but havent found an artist to work with yet? Search ArtStarts' Artists in the Classroom Directory. All BC-based artists are eligible to be funded through the Artists in the Classroom Grant, they do not have to be on the Directory.
All professional artists, Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, teachers, principals and PAC representatives in British Columbia are eligible to apply for this grant. Any BC based professional artists can apply or work on projects - the Artists in the Classroom Directory is a resource to help teachers find potential artists!
As the AIC grant is disbursed to the school for management, check to see if the school in which the project will take place is eligible for the AIC Grant! Search the BC School Listing from the Ministry of Education or the First Nations School Directory. If your school is on either of those lists, you are eligible for funding!
Applications are now open - Apply by May 18 2021 for projects during the 2021-22 School Year or by October 19 2021 for projects between January-June 2022
We have put together practical resources for teachers and artists in the classroom to help you deepen your understanding of arts in education and provide tips and tools that can be used when putting together your application and executing the project.
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students took part in AIC projects in the 2019-20 school year
May 18 2021
AIC Application Deadline - All 2021-22 School Year Projects
October 19 2021
AIC Application Deadline - January-June 2022 Projects
604-336-0626 ext 111
Watch this video highlighting a successful AIC project.
Be inspired by creative projects successfully supported by Artists in the Classroom grants. Browse our list of funded projects—or search by artistic discipline, curriculum, region of BC, school name or school year.
The ArtStarts Gallery is the only free, public gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to young people’s art. Exhibitions often showcase projects from Artists in the Classroom grants.