The Artists in Education Residency Grant Program (AIE) places highly qualified professional artists in schools for 20 days or more. The residencies occur during the school day and are designed to enhance arts education for students and faculty. Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades Pre-K through 12 is eligible to apply.


Increased Student Self-Confidence

“When we reflect on the impact of this AIE residency, we think specifically of certain students who may not have the opportunity to excel in academics. We saw these students come alive in their performances and then carry that high energy into their classwork.”

~ Mark Quiles
Principal, Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood

Students Stretch, Explore, and Persevere

“Students learned the discipline of persistence when working on a project, and the importance of personal passion when creating. The presence of professional guest artists through the AIE grants have been invaluable to our educational mission.”

~ Scott Shaw
Supervisor, Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, Morris County School of Technology in Denville

Improve Student’s High-Level Critical and Creative Thinking

“Students developed the tools of thinking itself – careful observation of the world, mental representation of what is observed or imagined… We use these same thinking tools in science, philosophy, math, and history. The advantage of the arts is that they link cognitive growth to social and emotional development. Students care more deeply about what they study.”

~ Alma More
Vice Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck

Benefits for Teachers and Students Alike

“Our AIE grants play an integral part in developing an environment for professional learning communities (PLC), a state mandate beginning in middle school and continuing through high school (NJAC 6A:8). Schools can use AIE residencies to fulfill their obligation to meet this standard.”

~ Janice Marsili
Visual Arts Teacher, David Brearley Middle/High School in Kenilworth

Increased Positive Behavioral and Social Skills

“The students learned to work together for a common goal. They were able to see the importance of working through the steps to have a final product. Students had an increase in positive behavioral and social skills.”

~ Janene Askins
Vice Principal, Atlantic County Special Service School District

Arts at the Center of Learning

The Artists in Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program brings unique, dynamic, in-depth arts education programs to schools across New Jersey. Since 1971, the AIE Program has been dedicated to bringing teaching artists and educators together in powerful long-term residencies to help students and teachers engage in and learn about the creative process.

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