Your AIE Partner for the residency will guide you through the whole process, from the planning meeting to the Final Report evaluation. They will set up “check-in” site visit dates and times throughout the course of the residency. It is truly important that you keep in communication with and report any changes to the residency schedule, any questions you may have, or issues and challenges that may arise. Your AIE Partner is there to support your work in the school by providing solutions and offering best practices.
Review this Handbook and the current AIE Residency Guidelines and Application to familiarize and refresh your understanding of the key residency components and definition of terms. This is especially important when it comes to scheduling and the number of students to be served. Sometimes schools will feel pressure to serve many more students than can effectively be reached by one artist through a residency.
Remember that this is a collaborative process, which requires flexibility and recognition of the respective areas of expertise: yours, the teachers and the administrators.
“I hope the school continues to support the artist in residence program. I believe these students understand that it is a privilege to have teaching artists who come in to support their education. They are always welcoming and excited to learn. This program gives them a way to find mentors out of their normal realm and fosters new experiences for them in their own particular field of study. The fact that these students are also able to work with a full range of professionals currently working in different artistic fields, which is unheard of in most school districts, serves to be the igniting factors in their development as future artists and advocates.”
Christian Von Howard,
AVPA Visiting Artist, Denville