Are you a practicing professional artist interested in expanding your work in schools? Do you thrive on applying your practice to a classroom environment? Do you want to inspire young people to learn about the world and themselves through the arts?
The Artists in the Classroom Directory (AICD) is a list of practicing professional artists from a variety of disciplines who are interested in working on projects with young people in a classroom setting. The AICD is a useful resource for educators, arts/community presenters, cultural programmers, etc. interested in engaging artists with this range of experience. It is also a valuable self-promotion tool for artists looking for these types of opportunities. The Artists in the Classroom Directory is most commonly used by teachers and artists wanting to apply for an Artists in the Classroom grant.
You do not have to be on the Artists in the Classroom Directory to apply for an Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grant. Any BC-based professional artist can apply for AIC Grants.
Artists listed in the directory enjoy the following benefits:
Confirmed members of the Artists in the Classroom Directory are listed online for one year from the launch date.
A practicing professional artist with proven experience delivering arts-based projects in classrooms. We have a preference for artists who lead arts-integrated experiences. We particularly encourage artists from regions other than the Lower Mainland to consider applying.
ArtStarts is committed to providing students with accessible arts-based experiences in their schools and believe that intentional representation of equity-seeking groups an important part of this commitment. We take cultural safety and cultural appropriation seriously and are committed to ensuring that students are thoughtfully engaging with traditional knowledge and stories in context. For more information, please see our Anti-Oppression Guidelines.
In order to increase representation, we are prioritizing the following under-represented equity groups:
In order to ensure access, we have a sliding scale application fee for the groups noted above. Furthermore, if you are an artist who identifies as a member of the equity groups noted above, or a group that we may have missed, and require an accessibility accommodation, please connect with Lily Cryan, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 604-336-0626 / 1-855-292-7826 x111.
All applications will be assessed by a jury of educators and artists who will evaluate your application based on the assessment rubric.
The application form will request the following:
Should you be accepted into the AICD, you will be required to:
Please contact Lily Cryan, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 604-336-0626 / 1-855-292-7826 x111.