The Artist in Residence (AIR) program brings schools and community organizations together with artists to share in-depth, engaging, personal, and sustained arts learning experiences. Using experienced artists listed in the Arts Learning Artist Directory, these one- and two-year awards offer opportunities for learners to participate in the creative process, bridge cultural differences, and develop fresh ways of learning through the arts.
GRANT AWARDS: The total professional fee for an artist is $1,200 per week. Grants are awarded to residency hosts to cover $800 per week, with sponsors responsible for the remaining $400 per week.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible organizations include—but are not limited to—public, private, charter, or parochial schools (pre-kindergarten through university level) and other community or social service organizations that provide arts programming. All applicants to this program should have nonprofit status or nonprofit intent.
Two-year Funding: Experienced residency hosts (applicants must have successfully completed at least two OAC residencies in the last four fiscal years) may apply for two-year grants, allowing them to sequence residencies in new ways. Applicants who receive two-year funding may not receive a larger award in the second year than awarded in the first year.
Criminal Background Checks: The OAC does not have the statutory authority to require criminal background checks of artists participating in the Arts Learning Artist Directory. However, schools and some organizations are required by Ohio Revised Code or internal policies to conduct such checks. Arts Learning Artist Directory artists may be required to submit to a criminal background check in order to work in schools or organizations.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS: The Artist in Residence program provides one- and two-year grants to place accomplished professional artists in a variety of educational and community settings to facilitate learning in, through, and about the arts. Residencies should be approximately two weeks in length. OAC funds are used to support artist fees.
NOTE: Host organizations from traditionally underserved areas of Ohio may be eligible to receive additional funds through the OAC’s Teach Arts Ohio initiative. Applicants from these areas are encouraged to contact the OAC to learn more about this opportunity.
Residency hosts select artists from a roster of professional artists listed in the Arts Learning Artist Directory. Artists and hosts collaboratively plan an in-depth art-making experience that engages participants of varying ages, cultures, experiences, and ability levels within a mutually supportive and creative learning environment. The artist also shares his or her artistic work with residency participants and the larger community. A core group is selected to work with the artist every day during the residency, while peripheral groups meet with the artist less often. The artist also works with the host to design and hold a professional development workshop involving staff in a hands-on art-making experience to deepen their understanding of the creative process and the artist’s discipline. The artistic work of participants is shared with the community at the conclusion of the residency. Hosts are required to provide a budget for supplies. If the residency location is more than one hour from the artist’s home, hosts must assist the artist in locating free or reduced cost housing. Artists are responsible for travel and all other costs for the residency.
Planning for new applicants: Typically, a discipline is selected and ideas for the residency are described in the application. If a grant is awarded, an artist is then selected from the Arts Learning Artist Directory and formal planning begins. At least one month in advance of the residency start date, a planning session is held on-site with the artist (accompanied by an OAC representative) and members of the host’s planning committee to develop the residency plan.
Planning for previously-funded applicants: Often, a residency is planned with an artist prior to submitting the application. If a grant is awarded, the artist and the host’s planning committee then further develop plans.
NOTE: OAC funding cannot be awarded for residency activities designed in preparation for (or in conjunction with) school competitions, nor for residencies that are part of higher education coursework or that will serve those students exclusively. Please refer to the Introduction and Overview for a list of activities the OAC cannot fund.