COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 55

March 9, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Artists in Education Residency Grants

 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts has announced an April 2, 2007, application deadline for the Artists in Education Residency grants. These grants are awarded to PK-12 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.

 

All applications are reviewed by the Commission's 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.

 

For more information about this grant opportunity and the application form, please visit: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants/strengthening/residency_grants.html. 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 non-profit organizations, educational institutions, arts educators, and local governments, and provides technical assistance in arts management.

 

For more information about the Arts Education Programs of the Commission, please visit the website at http://www.arts.state.va.us/.

 

Questions regarding the Artists in Education Residency grants should be directed to Tatjana F. Beylotte, arts in education coordinator, Virginia Commission for the Arts, by e-mail at tatjana.beylotte@arts.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3132; or Cheryle C. Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at cherry.gardner@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2881.

 

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