COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 59

March 10, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Commission for the Arts Announces 2006 Artists in Education Residency Grant Deadline

 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts has announced an April 3, 2006, application deadline for the Artists in Education Residency grants. These grants are awarded to elementary, middle, and high schools, school divisions, and tax-exempt arts and civic organizations for residencies provided by professional artists of various arts disciplines. The program offers schools a unique learning experience for their students and provides professional development for teachers and artists. It highlights the importance of the arts as essential components of a complete education and a valued part of community life.

 

Applicants may request up to 50 percent of the eligible costs of the residency. First time applicants may request up to two-thirds of the eligible costs. Tax-exempt arts and civic organizations may work in partnership with local school(s) in planning and implementing the residency program. Please refer to the 2006-2008 Guidelines for Funding at www.arts.virginia.gov/grantprogramsandapplications.htm for more information.

 

All applications are reviewed by the commissions statewide Arts in Education Advisory Panel. The members of the panel are appointed by the commission from a list of nominated artists, educators, arts administrators, and community members from across Virginia.

 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is a state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The commission distributes grants to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, arts educators, and local governments, and provides technical assistance in arts management.

 

For more detailed information about the Arts Education Programs of the commission, please visit the website at www.arts.state.va.us.

For further information, please contact Tatjana F. Beylotte tatjana.franke@arts.virginia.gov, arts in education coordinator, at (804) 225-3132; or Cheryle C. Gardner Cherry.Gardner@doe.virginia.gov, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 225-2881.

 

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