For Parents

A: Many schools have little to no dedicated arts programming. A visiting artist gives your child the chance to discover new skills, new talents, and new ways to express themselves creatively!

A: Artists in Schools gives students the opportunity to try new artistic mediums with professional working artists, enhancing and enriching their regular studies.

A: If know an artist who you would like to have in your child’s school, connect them with the principal or your child’s teacher and encourage them to apply for an Artists in Schools grant. You may also look for the type of artist you would want your child’s school to collaborate with by using MAC’s Artist Listing. Speak to their teacher and the school principal about the positive benefits Artists in Schools brings to their arts education. 

A: Yes! You will need to collaborate with a teacher or principal in the school to develop the project and submit an application. If you do not already have a profile on Manipogo, MAC’s online application system, your first step must be to register. 

Visit MAC’s blog for a step-by-step tutorial on creating a profile.

A: Artists register to the Artist Listing because they value working with children in the school setting. The information they provide in the listing may describe their training and experience, and what types of projects they have previously completed. The Manitoba Arts Council verifies that all artists are professionals in their discipline, but the artist is solely responsible for all content in their listing. Artists are required to meet the school’s security clearance requirements when they apply for the grant.

A: Communicate with your child’s teacher, and with the principal. Ask them to inform parents of the activities taking place, and how the artist is contributing to your child’s education.

A: Artists can apply for a grant from the Manitoba Arts Council to cover up to 100% of eligible project costs, but the collaborating school and school division are encouraged to contribute. Some schools may ask parents to contribute to material costs. If this is the case for your school, speak with your child’s teacher or the principal.