Artist-in-Education Grants for NJ Schools and Artists Now Available

Artists-in- Education Grants for NJ Schools and Artists Now Available
State Arts Council and its Partners Announce Grants Program

(Trenton, NJ) Guidelines and application forms are available for grants through the State Arts Council’s Artists in Education (AIE) Program to help ensure the arts are a basic part of a high-quality education for all New Jersey students. Since 1972, and more recently in collaboration with its AIE partners, Young Audiences and Arts Horizons, the Council has been pairing highly qualified professional artists with New Jersey schools and communities for long-term residencies (20 days) that provide students with hands-on experiences that shape and support their education through a variety of art forms.

Residencies are offered in all grade levels and focus on the processes of creating work in a specific arts discipline, including the skills, techniques and concepts of that specific art form. Professional artists work in collaboration with classroom teachers to create substantial and sequential arts programs that help schools meet the Core Curriculum Content Standards and help students hone critical skills that prepare them for the 21st Century. Research shows that young people involved in the arts have higher test scores, increased self-esteem, a developed sense of imagination and creativity, and a strengthened ability to innovate and solve problems.

All NJ public and private elementary and secondary schools in all districts are eligible to apply for a residency grant. The deadline for schools to apply is Friday, March 4, 2011. To learn more, please contact Shelley Benaroya, Arts Education Administrator, at or 609.243.9000 x202 or visit All professional practicing artists, or artist companies or teams in all disciplines are eligible to apply to be accepted onto the Artist Roster and available to conduct in-school and after-school residencies. The deadline for artists to apply is Friday, February 4, 2011. Learn more or apply.

Free workshops intended to provide schools and artists with technical assistance and guidance will be conducted on the following dates:

  • December 8, 2010, 1:00-3:00 P.M., Hopkins House, Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Haddon Township, NJ
    To register please call 856.858.0040 or email
    Offered in partnership with the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission
  • December 16, 2010, 1:00-3:00 P.M., Georgian Court University, North Dining Room, Raymond Hall Complex, Lakewood, NJ (Snow date: December 20th, same time and location)
    To register please call 732.929.4779 or email
    Offered in partnership with the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
  • January 10, 2011, 1:00-3:00 P.M., Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historical Affairs, The Learning Center, Room 460, Hackensack, NJ (Snow date: January 11th, same time and location)
    To register please call 201.336.7292 or email
    Offered in partnership with the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historical Affairs
  • January 19, 2011, 1:00-3:00 P.M., Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ
    (Snow date: January 20th, same time and location)
    To register please call 908.558.2550 or email
    Offered in partnership with the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs

All workshops will be conducted at accessible sites. Applicants in need of special assistance should contact the host site prior to the workshop date.

Additional technical assistance is available through The Artists-In-Education Residency Handbook. This handbook expands upon the components presented in the AIE Guidelines to offer best practices applicable to any residency. Ideally, teachers, schools and art administrators, site coordinators and artists should use both the AIE Guidelines and this AIE Handbook side by side, first while developing their residency proposals and then as instructional support throughout the entire residency process.

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

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