Artists in Schools

The Artists in Schools grant cycle for Half-Year Grants:

Spring 2018 is OPEN!

Here’s the complete application packet:

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Artists in Schools (AiS) program provides expanded arts learning opportunities for students and teachers in the Shoreline Public School District. This program places professional teaching artists in all art forms at schools for curriculum-based residencies. Professional teaching artists bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to teach students, mentor classroom teachers, and provide workshops. The Arts Council seeks to encourage, foster, and promote all of the arts to enhance the quality of life in our community.

Program Goal: To enhance the level of arts learning and offer experiences beyond the capabilities of the basic education program by providing students and teachers with the opportunity to work with and learn from professional teaching artists

Awards: Up to $20,000 overall is available for the program (dependent upon the fiscal year budget). The funding range is typically $300-$1,200 (8-30 hours) for artist fees which include class time and planning time. The suggested pay rate for artists is $50 per hour for student contact time and $20 per hour for project prep time. We recommend you have a targeted discussion with your partnering artist(s) to determine a realistic budget and compensation for the artist’s time. Funds for materials may also be available.

Important Dates for 2017-2018

Application Process Opens: week of September 11

Applications Due: Thursday, November 9 by 5 p.m.

Notification: by Friday, December 15

Project Funding Period: December 2017 through June 2018

Confirming Your Project: no later than January 5, 2018

If accepted, you must provide the following: (1) dates & times that the artist will be in your classroom, (2) an invitation to the culminating event (if applicable).

Documentation: within two weeks of project completion, submit project evaluation form and student reflection sheets provided by the Arts Council and share 5-10 digital photos.

Awards given to support Pre-K through 12th grade projects in the Shoreline School District. These projects feature professional artists working with students and teachers and take place during the academic year with most being scheduled for late winter and spring.

Artists in Schools has been providing arts education throughout the district since 1993. A majority of the funding for this project is made possible through the Arts Council’s annual Gala for the Arts, with additional support from our partner, the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, as well as government and foundation grants, and the community.

THE ART DIRECTORY: includes our Roster of Artists & sample Art Project Menu Pages. See the directory for project ideas: TheARTDIRECTORY.17-18

AiS Frequently Asked Questions

AiS Application Checklist

Past Recipients

The Arts Council’s 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
  • Evaluation & Documentation (required: 5-10 digital photos; optional: display board or student projects)


The Arts Council’s 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 (class or grade level is often preferred to whole school for quality time with artist)
  • Third year of same request may not be funded.
  • Realistic budget with correct numbers and clarity of which source is being asked for funding
  • What We Do Not Fund: meals or snacks, assemblies, teacher professional development or equipment purchases


  • Please use the Excel document called “Budget Worksheet…” included with this year’s application for putting together your project’s budget.
  • The suggested pay rate for artists is $50 per hour for student contact time and $20 per hour for project prep time. Projects typically include 5-20 hours of student contact time and planning/set-up time based on the length of the residency. For help in calculating the total artist hours of class and planning time, contact the Arts Education Manager at
  • Funds for materials fees may also be requested. Visual art materials may also be funded through your school’s building budget, your school’s PTA/PTSA, the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, to name a few. Additional funding sources allow us to stretch our dollars to provide artistic opportunities for a greater number of people. We encourage you to seek multiple funding sources.
  • Income must equal expenses – this is not a fundraising project.
  • The Arts Council will contract directly with the artist(s).

A Final Word…Acknowledgement of Granting Organization

If you receive funding from us, we will ask for:

  • Acknowledgement of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council funding, (e.g., any publicity, school bulletins, invitations, displays, videos, announcements, etc.) using wording such as:

“This project is made possible with funding from the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.”

  • An invitation to the Arts Council for your culminating activity (if applicable) is required.

For questions, please contact Silvia Cavin, Arts Education Manager, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, or 206-417-4645.