Program Types

Schools may apply for up to four grants in three categories. Two may be requests for a performance, one may be a request for a workshop/residency, and one for a week long writer residency.

Performance Grant: 

A performance educates and entertains through a presentation/demonstration format with audience participation.  It fits into a 45–60 minute time frame. 

Schools may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee or $325 (whichever is less) for up to two performances by different artists.  

Workshop/Residency Grant:  

  • A workshop is defined as at least one instructional session that involves students in hands-on participatory work. A workshop may be done in conjunction with a performance, i.e. a “companion” workshop; it can also stand alone. It fits into a 45–60 minute time frame.  Sites for workshops range from classrooms to media centers and may involve several classes at one time.  Some artists offer workshops for educators, but these are no longer eligible for funding through this program.
  • A residency is defined as multiple sequential instructional sessions working with the same group of students each session. A residency does not need to be scheduled on consecutive school days, although any variation from that must be approved by United Arts. Students must be involved actively in hands-on participatory work, and the residency should culminate with a student product (i.e. anthology, artwork, dance, dramatization, etc.).    

Schools may apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one workshop or residency.

Writer Residency Grant: 

A writer residency involves a minimum of five sequential instructional sessions working with the same group of students. Each session should focus on the student and enhancing their own understanding of the creative writing process. Set periods of at least 45–60 minutes are required to ensure participating student receive ample time to participate in the writing process from beginning to end. To qualify for a writer Residency, schools must commit to investing approximately five contact hours per student. Any variation on this scheduling format must be approved by United Arts. 

Schools may apply for up to 50% of the writer’s fee or $400 (whichever is less) for one writer residency.