School Visit Preparation

Once artists are accepted into Artists in Schools, they must adhere to the following obligations to ensure that programs are well-organized and meaningful when implemented in schools.

Residency & Workshop Planning

Artists facilitating a workshop or residency must connect with at least one teacher from the participating grade level(s) to define the program’s goals, activities, and desired outcomes.  Classroom management styles should also be discussed. Depending on the needs of a program, planning can be accomplished through various formats, including face-to-face meetings, email correspondence, phone conversations, or a combination of the above. Even if an artist has worked with a school in the past, planning is important because a residency or workshop may be impacted by the participating students, changes in teaching staff, new curriculum standards, and/or modifications to a program.

Artists must show teachers any visuals (e.g. videos, images) and literary pieces that they plan to share with students.

Educational Materials

Artists provide educational materials (e.g. lesson plans, teacher guides, study guides) to the school before an AIS program occurs.  These should be designed to help teachers extend the program beyond the artist's visit:  they might help teachers prepare students for the artist's visit and/or they might help teachers connect back to the program at later times.

At least two weeks before the program, the artist must send educational materials to the school’s Cultural Arts Representative, or send a reminder of where materials can be found on the artist’s website. The Cultural Arts Representative is then responsible for distributing educational materials to school faculty prior to the artist’s arrival.