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SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
School & Community Programs engage artists, teachers, administrators, students, and families by bringing the arts into the community. Programs include: the Artist Residency Program, professional development workshops and a variety of contracted art projects and programs with our professional Teaching Artists.
As the Regional Arts in Education Partner for the PA Council on the Arts, we bring the arts to children and adults in schools, nonprofit service agencies, and community organizations throughout Allegheny, Beaver, S.W. Butler, Greene, and Washington counties.
ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Artist Residency Program is designed to place trained, knowledgeable, and practicing artists into school and community settings where they can share the benefits of the creative process with active participants over an extended period of time.
Guidlines & Facts
- Artist residencies place practicing artists listed in Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ Artist Residency Program Directory and The Directory of Pennsylvania Artists in Education in schools or community settings to actively engage students, teachers, and the community in the creative process.
- Residencies for individual artists span 20-180 days. Longer residencies are encouraged.
- 10-day residencies are limited to artists’ ensembles and companies.
- Artists in schools will work with up to three core groups of no more than thirty students per group.
- Artists should also be prepared to provide in-service training for teachers, community outreach, and extended work with smaller groups of students.
- Artists may apply to the roster in more than one region.
- An independent panel convened by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will review artist applications.
- Individual artists
- Ensembles, or companies may apply.
- Artists, artists’ ensembles or companies that intend to work in multiple disciplines must demonstrate their qualifications and be approved to work in each discipline.
- Preference is given to Pennsylvania residents; artists from other states may apply.
Applicants are selected for the program based on:
- Artistic quality demonstrated by submitted work samples of the artist’s individual work, not work with students
- Observed evidence of the ability to interact and communicate effectively with children and adults.
- The ability to develop and implement a residency plan with education or community partners
- Professional knowledge in the fields of education and/or community art-making
- Authentic conceptualization and presentation of culturally specific arts, especially folk and traditional, as evidenced by work samples.
Artist Residencies are a great way to add a stimulating new element to your arts education curriculum. Below, you will find he steps you need to go through to initiate this incredibly rewarding process.
- Step 1: Think about specific areas of your curriculum or program that could benefit by having a Resident Artist with whom to work! Then look through our roster to see which artist(s) might provide insight or creativity to that area. You should contact Mary Brenholts, Director of School & Community Programs at 412-361-0455, x368 or mbrenholts[at]pittsburgharts.org to discuss which artist(s) might be most suitable to meet the needs of your site. Read through our supporting materials to get a better understanding of how the Artist Residency Program works and how it is intended to positively impact students, teachers, administrators, parents, and communities now and into the future.
- Step 2: Contact the Resident Artist(s) to discuss your ideas. Check on availability, daily rate, the potential cost of materials, workshops for peer teachers and other items particular to each artist/artform.
- Step 3: Complete the Artist Residency Request Form making sure to provide us with as many details as possible. If you are uncertain at this point about the source or confirmation of your matching funds simply write “pending” or “awaiting approval.” Matching Funds can come from a variety of sources including school budget, district budget, a PTA, PTO, or PTG, or from a foundation or local business. Some sites hold fundraisers in their communities. The request form is not a binding document, it simply allows us to determine demand for the program and how to best allocate our funds. If you are unsure of how to complete the budget section, call us for assistance. Make certain to get signatures from principals or other appropriate administrators. Submit your request form as soon as possible to ensure having a good chance to receive matching funds.
- Step 4: Meet with the Resident Artist(s) and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to review and complete the Artist Residency Planning Form. Use the questions as tools to help develop a comprehensive plan designed to have lasting impact. Set dates with the Resident Artist(s) as soon as possible! Submit your planning form upon completion.
- Step 5: Once we have received your Artist Residency Request Form and we receive our funding confirmation from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts the project can get moving! We are just a phone call or e-mail away at all times and love hearing from potential host sites to answer questions or share ideas.
Artist Residency Forms
Out of School Time Projects
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Initiate and Request an Artist Residency Project
Artist Residency Request Form
The Planning Meeting
Artist Residency Project Planning Form, School-Based Projects
Artist Residency Project Planning Form, Community-Based Projects
Photo/Media Release Form
Partnering Together Through and For the Arts! (Power Point)
Classroom Teacher/Site Coordinator
What is an Artist Residency Project?
Artist Residency Projects place professional artists into school and community settings where they can share the myriad benefits of their creative processes. Each Artist Residency Project is a custom-designed collaboration between the host site and the Resident Artist. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Artist Residency Program was founded in 2001 through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Division.
Who is eligible for an Artist Residency Project?
Schools, nonprofit agencies, and community organizations working with both children and adults in Allegheny, Beaver, sw Butler, Greene, and Washington Counties are eligible for an Artist Residency Project. School-based projects include public, private, parochial, and charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high-school students. Artist Residency Projects can also be designed at the collegiate level. Community-based projects in social and human service agencies include social rehabilitation sites for adults, special needs children in an inclusion-oriented program, senior-care facilities, as well as projects at many other types of community and cultural organizations.
What are the benefits of an Artist Residency Project?
Studies have shown a significant correlation between arts education and skills development resulting in improved levels of achievement. Skills developed through the arts are recognized as being essential elements for success in today's society. These skills, as noted by Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University, include the ability to:
- Observe acutely
- Think spatially and kinesthetically
- Identify the essential components of a complex whole
- Recognize and invent patterns
- Gain empathy with objects of study
- Synthesize and communicate the results of one's thinking, visually, verbally, or mathematically.
The arts are proven to stimulate and enhance student performance in all curriculum areas and to encourage the development of improved self-image and empowerment. The arts provide opportunities for:
- Imagination and creativity to flow
- Communication and problem-solving skills to grow
- Self-directed intrinsic motivation to be engendered
- Teamwork to be encouraged and appreciated
- Diverse thinking to take place
- Individuality to excel
- Positive self-expression to evolve
How many days constitute and Artist Residency Project?
Residencies can last anywhere from 10 to 180 days for individual artists and groups/ensembles. The days don’t need to be consecutive. A Resident Artist can work at a site one day a week for eighteen weeks, twice a week for five weeks or twice a month for the whole school year. Artists may work directly with core group participants up to four hours per day. If pre-determined during the planning meeting, they may also work with or present to other classrooms or conduct workshops for teachers, administrators, and/or parents.
What is a core group?
An Artist Residency Project is designed as an in-depth media-specific experience for up to three core groups of students, not to exceed 30 students per group. The program is described as allowing a full embrace for a smaller number of participants rather than providing just a handshake for every student in the school. The artist may be introduced at an assembly, may do a whole school performance or slide show, may visit classrooms to talk with other students, and may provide workshops for teachers to take specific techniques and creative ideas back to their classrooms. Please welcome the Resident Artist to your site with the idea of positively impacting everyone in the building, but giving the core group students and teachers a fuller, richer, in-depth experience.
What kinds of artists are in the program?
We currently have approximately 45 Resident Artists in our program, including media artists, dancers, folk artists, inter and multi-disciplinary artists, fiber artists, jewelers,, musicians, visual artists, clown artists, and writers! These artists are professionals who are exhibiting, performing, and publishing regularly. If you open up a regional, or sometimes a national, newspaper, you are likely to see positive reviews of their works each week. Part of the skill set of a Resident Artist is his/her ability to communicate both the creative process and the techniques of his/her medium. Artist applying to the program undergo an independent panel review process. Qualifying artists are chosen based on the quality of their artwork, their ability to articulate their artform and residency project plans to an independent review panel of artists, educators, and administrators, and on their proven ability to fully implement a successful residency plan. The panel sends its recommendations to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, which makes the final decision regarding approval. Once approved, the Resident Artists are placed on our roster but are not employees of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. They maintain their own studio spaces and often work for other non-profit arts organizations as well as the Center.
How do the Resident Artists get paid?
Artist Residencies are funded by the host site with matching funds provided by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through our partnership with the PA Council on the Arts’ Arts in Education Division. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts pays the artist in full and invoices the host site for its match.
Is it difficult/competitive to receive matching funds for an Artist Residency Project?
It is not at all difficult, although artists' schedules fill up quickly so make your requests in a timely fashion! The program is designed to operate on an on-demand basis, but funding is limited.
How much does an Artist Residency Project cost to implement?
Most individual Resident Artists are paid $200 per day. Some artists have slightly higher fees. Companies’ and ensembles’ daily rates vary depending on the size of the group. There is a sliding rate scale for host sites based on the number of days of a residency project as required by the PA Council on the Arts. This information can be found on the back of the Artist Residency Request Form, page 2. The host site is solely responsible for the cost of materials and for any compensation to the artist associated with travel expenses. Resident Artists excel at making the cost of materials for their projects affordable to the host sites.
How will the Artist Residency Project fit in with existing programs/curriculum?
Since the Resident Artist, representatives from the host site, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts plan the residency project together, much care is taken to address Pennsylvania’s Arts & Humanities Standards in all art forms and to clearly articulate the goal of having the Resident Artist at the site. Artists and teachers regularly communicate regarding the intent of the project and how to tie the art form into a specific program and/or extend it throughout the curriculum. Often it is not the Arts Educators who are working with the Resident Artist but, rather the Classroom Teacher who recognizes how an artform brought to life by a practicing artist can fully illuminate a concept for students.
OK, I've decided that I want to participate in the program! What are the next steps?
Step 1: Think about specific areas of your curriculum or program that could benefit by having a Resident Artist with whom to work. Review the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ Artist Residency Directory to see which artist(s) might provide insight into or illumination of that area. You may call Mary Brenholts, Director of School & Community Programs at 412-361-0455, ex 368 to discuss which artist(s) might be most suitable to meet the needs of your host site. Read through the supporting materials included in this packet in order to get a better understanding if how the program works and how it is intended to improve host sites, now and into the future.
Step 2: Contact the Resident Artist(s) to discuss your ideas. Check on availability, daily rate, the potential cost of materials, and other items particular to each artist/artform.
Step 3: Complete the enclosed Artist Residency Request Form making sure to provide us with as many details as possible. If you are uncertain at this point about the source or confirmation of your matching funds simply write “pending” or “awaiting approval.” You may have funds provided by a school budget, district budget, a PTA, PTO, or PTG, or from a foundation or local business. Some sites hold fundraisers in their communities. The request form is not a binding document, it simply allows us to determine demand for the program and how to best allocate our funds. If you are unsure of how to complete the budget section, call us for assistance. Make certain to get signatures from principals or other appropriate administrators. Submit your request form as soon as possible to ensure having a good chance to receive matching funds from the Center.
Step 4: Meet with the Resident Artist(s) to review and complete the Artist Residency Planning Form. Use the questions as tools to help develop a comprehensive plan designed to have lasting impact. Set dates with the Resident Artist(s) as soon as possible! Submit your planning form upon completion.
Step 5: Once we have received your Artist Residency Request Form and we receive our funding confirmation from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, we will generate a paperwork package designed to keep the process moving forward cleanly and clearly. We are just a phone call or e-mail away at all times and love hearing from potential host sites to answer questions or share ideas.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania’s youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.