The Artists in Schools program invests in our future generations by supporting arts-enriched learning experiences for Manitoba students from Nursery to Grade 12.
In this program, artists and teachers collaborate to develop and deliver projects that immerse students in the arts and engage them in creative exploration of meaningful issues. The intent of the program is to motivate and excite students to realize their full potential, acknowledge their role in the community, and value the importance of the arts.
Artists in Schools grants are available from the Manitoba Arts Council to cover up to 100% of project costs. We do, however, recommend that schools also contribute financially to the project with a suggested amount of 20% of the project budget.
The pandemic has dramatically changed the way teachers and students interact. Visiting artist working with students and teachers 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.
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
- Up to $7,500 for collaborations with one artist
- Up to $15,000 for collaborations
Please note: while the project development is a collaboration between artists and educators, the grant will be paid directly to the artist to cover applicable fees, materials, equipment, and travel.
A school may only participate in one project per deadline.
You can choose to collaborate with a professional Manitoba artist, arts/cultural professional, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, arts group or arts organization registered in the Artists in Schools’ Artist Listing, or you may approach another arts professional directly.
The artist you choose to work with doesn’t need to be in our Artist Listing, but they will need a valid profile in our Online Application System before they are able to apply.
Please Note: The artists in our listing are recognized by the Manitoba Arts Council as professionals in their field. The project information they provide in their profiles are examples of past projects and may serve as a starting point in developing a project for your students. As the project you develop with your artist collaborator is unique to you and your students, projects cannot pre-approved. See below for more information on the approval process.
Your role in the collaboration
As the educator, you bring expertise on the curriculum, your school environment, and your students’ needs. The artist brings their expertise in traditional and contemporary art practices, innovative materials and techniques, and a wealth of creativity. Together you have the opportunity to deliver a unique experience for your students.
Begin planning with your chosen artist well before the application deadline. If your artist collaborator does not already have a profile with the Manitoba Arts Council, they 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.
Once you and your artist have a plan in place, the artist writes and submits the application in MAC’s online application system. The application will include a project description, a budget, a timeline, and details of any collaborators.
The artist will supply you with a School Commitment Form to be signed by the Principal and that indicates that all artists and collaborators listed in the application have been approved by the school to work with students. Please complete and return the form to your artist partner by the deadline day, as it is a mandatory component of 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 can expect to be advised of the results at the following times:
- June 5 deadline: mid-August
- October 5 deadline: mid-December
For assistance, call 204-945-2237 or (toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787) or email firstname.lastname@example.org