Arts at the Center of Learning

Components of an AIE Residency

Schools should download and review the guidelines in their entirety prior to completing the application. (The guidelines and application for the 2019-2020 school year will be released in Fall 2018.)

The essential components of a successful AIE supported residency should be built into the residency plan. To ensure a successful residency and help schools attain their goals, schools are asked to: 

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Form a steering committee, plan to attend AIE Orientation

Form a Steering Committee to establish goals for the residency and provide support, assistance, and resources for the artist. Appoint an Administrative Coordinator, On-Site Coordinator, and a Teacher Liaison (if applicable) to lead the project. Steering Committee members, classroom teachers, the AIE Teaching Artist, and the AIE Partner work together to plan and implement the residency. Administrative support is key to a successful 20+-day residency, include a principal or other administrator on your steering committee. 

While forming your steering committee, please keep in mind that the Administrative Coordinator and the On-Site Coordinator will need to attend an AIE Orientation session prior to the start of the residency.

Hold a Planning Meeting and Host a Residency for 20+ days

After grants are announced, work with your AIE Partner to select an artist and hold a Planning Meeting to develop the residency plan and schedule. (The planning meeting will occur after the AIE Orientation.)

Host a 20+day residency during the school year; including 17 or more workshop days, a planning day, a culminating event, and one post-culminating event reflection day. Each workshop day consists of approximately four consecutive 45-minute class periods plus the teaching artist's prep time. AIE residency workshops should be held during the school day. 

Ensure necessary workspace, appropriate facilities, and maintain a productive working environment and collaboration with the teaching artist. 

Provide a teacher in the classroom to work with the AIE Teaching Artist at all times.

Include a Field Trip, Visiting Artist or Assembly

Arrange at least one Field Trip and/or schedule a Visiting Artist/Company to enhance the residency.

Your teaching artist is an excellent resource to help determine what visiting artists, field trips, or assemblies will help enhance the residency. 

Plan for Professional Development

Work with your AIE Partner and the Teaching Artist to develop and implement a Professional Development Plan for the cooperating teachers. 

Ideal Professional Development plans are incorporated into the teachers' individual PD plan for the year. Schools may choose to hold a one-time hands-on workshop for multiple teachers; work with the teaching artist for a small group of faculty to work together repeatedly over the course of the residency; or embed the professional development activities into the residency itself. Regardless of the form selected, the PD should be intentional, planned, and evaluated by participating teachers.

Document, evaluate, and share your experiences and project

Plan to provide documentation and evaluation that will be submitted electronically throughout the residency. Determine who will be responsible for the on-going documentation and evaluation at the onset of the residency, as the process should be concurrent with residency activities. 

Commit to share your experiences and project with your School Board during or after the conclusion of the residency. Commit to share your project with other schools at the End-of-Year Meeting, held annually in May. When the date is announced, plan to attend and determine how you will share your residency project with other AIE schools. 

Students came alive in their performances
AIE residencies can fulfill state standards
Students learned to work together toward a common goal
Students learned careful observation and mental representation
Students learned persistence and the importance of passion