This program helps Alberta schools by paying the salaries of professional Alberta artists from any artistic discipline who provide interactive arts residency projects for students in grades K to 12. This program is also responsible for arts education resources, curriculum development, and support services for educators.
The Arts in Education Program accepts applications from artists who wish to provide interactive arts residencies in Alberta schools. Artists from any artistic discipline are eligible to apply, and projects can be short-term or long-term. This program is funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is also responsible for arts education resources, curriculum development, and support services for educators.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts was established to promote and support the arts as an essential element of Alberta’s quality of life.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts is a government of Alberta organization and a local company whose mission is to promote and contribute to the growth of the arts in Alberta. To promote the growth and development of the arts sector, we provide grant financing to artists and art groups. We also encourage the arts and oversee a sizeable provincial art collection that includes work by artists from across the province.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this funding:
- an Alberta school or school jurisdiction that is recognized by Alberta Education and serves students in kindergarten through grade 12 full-time.
- When school populations, geography, or conditions warrant, two or more qualifying schools may apply to partner on a project.
What Is the Purpose of this Grant?
The following requirements must be met by residence initiatives to be considered:
- provide students with access to Alberta’s professional artists and their work
- provide an opportunity for students to observe and actively participate in the creative process
- please encourage students to discover and express their creative potential
- engage either an Alberta-based individual artist or a group of artists working together in any artistic discipline who has school residency experience to deliver a program that provides students with access to Alberta’s professional artists and their work
- be conducted on school grounds during school hours, last between five and thirty days, and be completed within three months of the start date.
The maximum grant amount will be $15,000.
Schools in the following jurisdictions can apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee (excluding GST): Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Plain of Stony, Calgary.
All other jurisdictions, including Airdrie and Okotoks, can apply for up to 75% of the artist’s fee (excluding GST)
Travel, lodging, meal expenditures, and non-reusable supplies required for the proposed activity may all be included in the artist’s fee (e.g., paint, paper, clay, wood, data storage).
Expenses that Are not Eligible
The following expenses and activities are not eligible for AFA funding:
- Activity completed before applying to this project grant stream.
- Commercial variety acts (face painting, balloon entertainers, fireworks/pyrotechnics, hypnotism), competitive performances, and activities at social occasions are all examples of applied arts (culinary, architecture, graphic arts, commercial photography, gaming).
How to Get Started?
The Grant Administration Tracking and Evaluation (GATE) online application portal is where the organization accepts applications. Unless the deadline falls on a statutory holiday or a weekend, it will be extended until the next working day. They must receive your online application through GATE no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the deadline date. Please allow enough time for the system to process your application so that the AFA receives notification before the deadline.
- Each deadline, applicants may only submit one application to the AFA.
- Existing grant winners must have completed reporting criteria to be eligible for future financing.
- They do not accept incomplete applications.
- Applications must be received before the start of the project.
- Separate school applications for the same project will not be allowed; the primary applicant school must submit proposals involving more than one school.
Username Registration for GATE
AGATE username and password are required for first-time applicants. Please contact the organization through email at least five business days before the deadline.
Please include the following information:
- the name of the person who is in charge of drafting your application
- the official name of your company
- the email address of the contact person
The GATE username and password will be emailed to the entered email address.
What Should you Put in your Application?
Please see the GATE user guide for this funding opportunity in the helpful resources area of this page for complete step-by-step instructions.
To begin, fill out the GATE Applicant Profile section with all necessary information. Follow the steps in the user guide provided to you and your login and password.
Online GATE forms
- contact list: The principal applicant’s current and comprehensive contact information
- contact information for the applicant: complete name and street address
- information about the organization: information about the organization’s registration
- project description: A concise summary of the work to be done and the project start and end dates.
- Principal artists: A list of the project’s principal artists, their position or role, and their province of residency.
- Agreement between the organization and the applicant: A completed Applicant Agreement includes the primary applicant’s or designate’s declaration.
- Include the amount stated online A of the Artist Fee Confirmation Form attachment in the artist and education grant calculation.
Attachments must be created and uploaded to your online GATE submission before application, using either original papers particular to your organization or preformatted AFA templates.
- All video and audio files must be compatible with Windows.
- Support material should be uploaded as an attachment into GATE whenever possible (up to 4 MB)
- Please submit a hard copy CD or USB to 10708 – 105 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0A1 if your support material is too large to upload. Please add your first name, last name, and project number on the CD or USB.
According to the GATE attachment section, not all attachments are necessary for submission, and they are only necessary for specific types of projects (e.g., marketing plan for a marketing project). The applicant should ensure that all of the required attachments are included in their application.
The following attachments must be completed and uploaded in PDF format:
- Attached is a confirmation form for artist fees. Both the school and the artist must sign this paperwork. To the GATE online application, attach the completed artist fee confirmation form.
- A resume of the artist/company describing their professional art history, including training and any prior experience with school residency projects. Upload your resume to the GATE online application.
- a complete project description prepared in collaboration with the school and the artist that clearly outlines the planned art activities, including:
- a profile of the school, including the community it serves and any specific programs or services, offered
- the extent to which students are involved in arts activities, as well as their level of exposure to and participation in the creative process
- the duration of the artist’s stay at the institution, as well as a detailed plan for the residency project
- an outline of the project objectives, including any appropriate links to the curriculum
- expected results and benefits to students, teachers, and the community
- the number of students and grade levels involved in the residency project
What Criteria will be Used to Evaluate my Application?
Each grant deadline and staff convene an expert panel to review all qualifying grant applications. The expert panel evaluates each submission on its own merits compared to all other applications received by a specific date.
The following general criteria are used to evaluate a project.
- The project’s aesthetic vision and merit
- proved the school’s dedication to the initiative and participation in it
- students have seen the benefits
- kids’ exposure to and participation in the creative process
- proven artist qualifications, both as a working professional and as a student
- artist and in offering arts programming to children and teenagers
- the cost of the project is appropriate
Other factors that may be prioritized include:
- schools with a significant number of students with special needs
- schools with a low student population
- schools that have never received financing for a residency with the Artists and Education
- the project’s impact on the neighbourhood
At the AFA’s June board meeting, all expert panel recommendations are evaluated, and all decisions are final. Any project’s funding is not guaranteed.
Application Deadline: May 2, 2022