Arts at the Center of Learning

Essential Qualities of a Successful Residency

An effective residency program is flexible and collaborative.  AIE grant funded residencies start with the school's needs and goals. By outlining a proposal that meets those needs and goals, the school applies for an AIE Grant to help make the proposed residency happen. After a residency grant is approved, the AIE program provides support and assistance to the school to help find a teaching artist that meets their needs. Then the artist, school, and AIE staff plan together for a successful residency. By planning, consulting, and working together, artists, educators, and community members can design a residency that fosters joyful learning and has lasting impact on all participants.

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Success clearly defined
for all parties

Articulate what success would look like for the school, the administration, and the teachers.

Envision success for the students, the residency artist, the parents, and the community.

Design is flexible
serve varied learning styles, allow for unique schools

Residency design allows for unique school variables and varied learning styles.

Student and teacher engagement is key to uncovering these needs.

Collaboration, collaboration
planning, working, connecting to community

Teacher collaboration is encouraged, especially among classroom teachers and arts specialists.

Planning is accomplished collaboratively by the site and artist.

Stronger connections are encouraged between the school and the larger community.

Driven by classroom teachers
teachers take the lead

Teachers take the lead in establishing goals and desired outcomes.

Goals are clear, realistic, and clearly articulated.

Projected outcomes are based on school needs.

Artist is well-prepared and qualified
expertise, talent, engagement

Artists bring their expertise, talent, and ideas to the residency.

Artists participate in ongoing training provided by AIE.

Sufficient time allocated
pace and total number of days

The number of days in residency provides sufficient time for the school and artist to accomplish established goals and encourage positive outcomes.

Schedule of residency is paced to establish an atmosphere of curiosity, imagination, discovery, empathy, and reflection among learners (including the artist, teachers, administrators, students, and community).

Communication, communication
frequent and open conversations

Discussions occur frequently between the school and the artist throughout the residency.

Conversations support both planning and implementation of the residency.

School and artist are flexible when needed to be nimble and make adjustments as the residency progresses. 

All stakeholders are engaged and focused on the outcomes of the project. 

Support from leadership and partners
backing up the hands-on team

School leadership provides essential guidance and support.

AIE Partner provides ongoing communication about and administration of the residency.

Evaluation throughout
formal and informal assessment

Structured assessment of the involvement of all parties: teachers, students, and residency artist.

Evaluation of effectiveness of AIE organization and AIE Partner.

Review and critique of residency plan.

Lasting impact
tranformational experiences, unique professional development

Hands-on, unique professional development is provided for teachers and staff.

New skills and knowledge help the school move beyond its current practice in arts education to meet stated goals and outcomes. 

Increased student exposure, interest and abilities in the arts is evident.

Residency leaves a legacy; new skills and long-term outcomes for teachers and students. 

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