Artists in Schools

Congratulations to the 2020 Spring Semester Artists in Schools Grant recipients!

Covid-19 Updates: Due to school closures, some of these projects have been cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year for more information.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council has funded over $9,000 of arts education programming to serve over 850 elementary students! These grants directly support local teaching artists.

The application cycle is now closed. Check back in the 2020-2021 school year for more information.

What is the Artists in Schools (AiS) program?

AiS is an Arts Education program that places professional teaching artists into classrooms of Pre-Kindergarten- 12th graders in the Shoreline School District.

How can my children/students benefit from AiS?

The goal is to enhance arts education experiences, led by professional teaching artists, in tandem with general or blended classroom curricula. Your children/students will directly engage with a professional artist through problem-solving and exploration in the areas of visual arts, music, literature, theatrical arts, and conversations around art ideas to bolster their knowledge and arts proficiency.

How can I get a Teaching Artist in my child’s/students’ classroom?

We have an Artist Directory for you to peruse. This listing serves as a menu of Teaching Artists and their specific programs/curricula they offer. You, teachers and school staff can contact the artists directly to discuss the types of projects that are right for your children/students. Or, you can always contact Arts Council staff to assist you.


What are kids saying?

[Through the Artists in Schools program] “I am working on social skills and teaching skills…important to develop social skills so that you can communicate with other people. I may not be the best at art, but I sure love doing it!” Presley, grade 5
 “The best part about having an artist visit the classroom is the education that comes with teaching the art projects. We get to learn so much about famous artists and their work and it’s so much fun!… We learn crowd control and we have a very talkative class, so this is proving to be a very useful skill!”
Kate, grade 5
“Our teacher has come up with a list of themes- health and nutrition, self-portraits and still life. Ms. Nataliya, our Teaching Artist creates a lesson on that theme. It makes us feel connected as a class. I love art for this reason and I hope you see now that your money is going toward a good cause.” 
Alex, grade 5




Grant application information:


Grant projects should take place during the school year.  Projects may be repeated from past grant cycles or you may pursue a new project altogether. Please refer to the Art Directory document listed below for project ideas.


Application Checklist

  • The application form is included in this packet.
  • All applications must be computer-generated or typed using no smaller than 10-point type.
  • Applications must be signed by a principal or administrator and by your partnering artist.
  • If your project artist is not listed on the Arts Council’s Artist Directory, please attach his/her resume to this application. The complete Directory is listed on our website and linked below.


Project Expectations

  • Planning with artist (& students, if applicable) (Artist MUST be included in the project design phase.)
  • Provision of appropriate space
  • Implementation (teacher must remain in the classroom with the artist at all times.)
  • Sharing with the community, such as a culminating event, exhibit, school newsletter article, etc.
  • Evaluation & Documentation (Required: student reflections and 3-5 digital photos)


Criteria/Funding Considerations

  • Artistic excellence in any art form: visual, drama, dance, music, literary, media
  • Well planned project design in collaboration with the artist
  • Student learning: arts vocabulary, skills, production, knowledge, history
  • Integration with another curricular area
  • Number of students impacted
  • Realistic budget with correct numbers and clarity of which source is being asked for funding



  • Please use the Excel document called “Budget Worksheet” added with this application packet.
  • The suggested pay rate for artists is $50 per hour for student contact time and $20 per hour for project prep time. For an artist’s prep time, we typically use the following formula for calculating this time: # of student contact hours x 0.60 = Prep Hours (approximately 40 minutes of prep time for every one-hour of student contact). For questions about the total artist hours of class and planning time or if additional planning time may be needed throughout the project, contact the Arts Education Manager at
  • Funds for materials fees may also be requested, although we encourage you to look to your PTA/PTSA for additional funding of materials to help us stretch our funding dollars. We encourage you to seek multiple funding sources and to request in-kind donations when applicable.
  • Income must equal expenses – this is not a fundraising project.
  • The Arts Council will contract directly with the artists.


For questions and submission of application, contact:

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council

Silvia Romero, Arts Education Manager


Use school district inter-office mail or deliver to:

Shoreline Center, Arts Council Office

18560 First Avenue N.E. Shoreline, WA  98155

Our Artist Directory is under construction! Please contact the office to learn more about matching your project to a great Teaching Artist.


View Application Here

View Budget Worksheet Here


Year-Long Grant Recipients for 2019-2020 school year:

ArtReach, Teaching Artist Halinka Wodzicki, Shorecrest High School and Lake Forest Park Elementary ($5,100)

The Art of Experiencing the Past by Writing Historical Fiction, Teaching Artist Christine Pinto, Syre Elementary, Highland Terrace Elementary (combined $1,800)

Songs and Dances of Mexico and Cuba, Teaching Artist Laura Dean, Shorecrest High School Spanish ($372)

Instrumental Coaching, Teaching Artists Barbara Hudak, Steve Treseler, Robin Peery, Sean Osborn, Einstein Middle School ($3,200)


The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the Arts.