The Kentucky Arts Council awarded $11,340 in Teacher Initiated Program grants to support 21 weeks of short-term artist residencies during the fall of 2012. These grants give professional artists an opportunity to demonstrate their art forms and provide students and teachers hands-on experiences in making art. Artists also collaborate with teachers to design innovative programs that incorporate art across the curriculum after the residency is completed.
Residencies vary widely, depending on the teacher’s goals and the artist or artists hired for the residency. This group of residencies includes explorations of cultural traditions, relationships between art and business, media arts, storytelling and theatre.
“The Teacher Initiated Program has enhanced the learning experience for students in schools across the Commonwealth for many years. We are fortunate to be able to continue this valuable arts education program,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.
The grant amounts are based on the length of the residencies, which can be for one to four weeks. The grant awards are $540, $1,080, $1,620 and $2,160. The schools select artists from the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory, which is available at http://bit.ly/teachingartists.