2018 Teaching Artist Grants

Teaching Artist grants program supports sequential, arts education projects that take place in-school, after school, or in community centers.

Regional Science & Discovery Center, Pinhole Photography, 2017 Public School Teaching Artist Grant Recipient

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are available to artists and nonprofit organizations.

Applicants must choose from one of the following project strands:

  • In-School Projects taking place during the School Day
  • After-School Projects taking place at a School or Community Center

Projects can only support K-12 aged students. After-School Projects do not have to be open to the general public.

Project must provide sequential, skills‐based study that incorporates one or more art forms, that is hands-on and participatory, and that involve at least 3 contact sessions between the same teaching artist(s) and the same group of students. Projects must involve in-depth, age, and skill appropriate learning opportunities. Projects must provide stated learning goals, methodologies, and outcomes, and a means for evaluation.

More detailed information on eligibilty and qualification is found in the grant guidelines:

The application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, October 16, 2017.

All submitted applications must include a completed budget form. The budget form is an Excel spreadsheet. If you don't have Microsoft Office, there are a number of free options available such as Google Drive or Open Office.


Applying to grants can often seem difficult, but we've put together the following to help make the process as simple as possible:


Additionally, we've put together the following application creation and budget creation videos to help make the process as simple as possible (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

If you're looking for a school to partner with, a good first step is reaching out directly to some of the schools in our area. If you already have a school in mind and are looking for a teaching artist, take a look at the information on the BOCES Arts in Education website.

New applicants are also required to attend one application seminar or webinar. Please see the Seminar & Webinar Schedule for dates, times, and locations. The following is a brief version of the seminar information (Best listening is through headphones or speakers on high):

Please contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council's Grants Manager & Gallery Curator, via email or at 607-962-1332 x205 for more information and assistance on this or other grant programs.
This grant is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program and is administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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