As artists, you know the transformative effect the arts can have in the lives of young people, and, in turn, how working with young creative minds can inspire and inform your own arts practice.
The Artists in Schools program provides grants to bring artists, teachers, and students together to help motivate and excite Manitoba students to realize their full potential, acknowledge their role in the community, and value the importance of the arts.
The pandemic has dramatically changed the way teachers and students interact. As a visiting artist working with students and teachers, you will need to be prepared for a variety of scenarios.
Consult our Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 and its impact on Artists in Schools.
How the program works
Artists and teachers work together to develop and deliver an arts-based learning project for students.
Artists may participate in multiple Artists in Schools projects in a given year, however, each project must be at a different school.
Up to $7,500 for projects involving one artist
Up to $15,000 for projects involving two or more artists
Schools are also encouraged to make a financial commitment to the project of up to 20% of the total project costs.
Please Note: While the project development is a collaboration between artists and educators, the grant will be paid directly to the artist to cover artist and collaborator fees, and applicable materials, equipment, and travel.
Deadlines to apply
- June 5 – for projects occurring any time during the upcoming school year, September through June
- October 5 – for projects occurring during the second half of the school year, January through June
The program is open to:
- Professional artists
- Arts/cultural professionals
- Indigenous Knowledge Keepers
- Professional arts groups
- Professional arts organizations
To be eligible to participate in the program, artists need to have or create a profile in the Manitoba Art Council’s Online Application System.
The school you work with must be listed in either the First Nations Operated School Directory or the Schools in Manitoba Directory.
Finding a teacher to work with
Upload your information in our online artist listing. The listing is promoted to educators looking to engage with artists. You can upload details about yourself, your arts practice, and the kinds of programming you would like to do with students. We encourage you to upload your details as soon as possible.
You can also speak with parents of school-age children or members of school parent councils to let them know you are interested in bringing an arts project to their school. They may be able to put you in contact with interested teachers.
Your role in the collaboration
As the artist, you bring expertise in traditional and contemporary art practices, innovative materials and techniques, and a wealth of creativity. Teachers bring expertise on the curriculum, their school environment, and their students’ needs. Together you have the opportunity to deliver a unique experience for students that will have a lasting impact in their lives.
Begin planning with your chosen teacher well before the application deadline. If you have not yet set up a profile in MAC’s online application system, you will need time to set that up before beginning an application.
Try to build flexibility into your project wherever possible. You may want to plan an in-class version and an online version in case you need to switch things up mid-way through your project. You may want to plan for an outdoor experience rather than indoors. Designing your project so that it can move with students will help provide continuity. Please see our FAQ on working with schools during the pandemic.
Once you and your teacher have a plan in place, you write and submit the application in MAC’s online application system. The application will include a project description, a budget, a timeline, details of any collaborators, and samples of your previous work.
You will also need to give your teacher a School Commitment Form to be signed by the Principal. The form indicates that all artists and collaborators listed in the application have been approved by the school to work with students. The form is mandatory and must be submitted with the application.
Assessment and approval
Artists in Schools grants are competitive, which means we may not be able to fund all submitted applications. Funding decisions are based on an external peer review panel of educators and artists. Each application is assessed on artistic merit, educational merit, impact, and feasibility.
Applicants are encouraged to speak with the MAC Artists in Schools Program prior to submitting their application. The consultant can answer questions, preview the application and help identify any gaps or areas that may need additional development.
Applicants can expect to be notified of the results at the following times:
- June 5 deadline: mid-August
- October 5 deadline: mid-December
It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the school of decision results.
For assistance, call 204-945-2237 or (toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787) or email email@example.com
call 204-945-2237 or
(toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787)