The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to announce a Pre-K–12 ARTS IN EDUCATION (AIE) Mini-Grant Program for Pre-K–12 schools and community organizations. This grant will provide funding to bring artists listed on the Arts in Education Artist Roster into the classroom or into an after-school or summer program to present a hands-on, curriculum-based or character-centered artist residency that can last up to ten days.
The AIE Mini-Grant program also allows schools and organizations the opportunity to present a professional development workshop for teachers in curriculum-based arts activities with, or instead of, an artist residency. Applicants may receive a maximum of $2,000, using established AIE program rates for artist fees, travel, meals, lodging, and supplies. Applicants must show a 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind contributions. All Arkansas schools and community organizations will be able to apply. Schools and organizations in rural and underserved communities that have not had access to one of the Art Council’s AIE grant programs are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested parties may view the attached MINI-GRANT PLANNING GUIDE, MINI-GRANT ARTIST ROSTER, and AIE-MINI-GRANT APPLICATION. Information may also be obtained through the program Web site:
Mini-Grant programs must occur between October 2009 and August 2010. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are expended or until August 31, 2010, or whichever comes first. Applications must be received at least two weeks before the date of the actual program to allow time for processing. Requests must be submitted and approved for funding before the residency begins.
For more information, contact Cynthia Haas, Arts in Education Program Manager, at 501-324-9769, or by e-mail at Cynthia@arkansasheritage.org.