FRANKFORT, Ky. — Opportunities are available for teachers to collaborate with professional artists to provide unique arts education experiences for students through the Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Art Together grant.

The Teaching Art Together grant allows teachers to work with professional artists listed in the arts council's Teaching Artists Directory to design and implement innovative five- to 20-day residencies.

"Teaching Art Together residencies provide excellent arts education opportunities for children and teachers alike," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The grant gives students hands-on arts experiences with professional teaching artists. It gives teachers tools to continue implementing arts across the curriculum after the initial project ends."

Any teacher or group of teachers in a public or private school that supports any grades, preschool to 12, may apply. The grant application deadline is April 1.

The focus of artist residencies can vary widely, depending on the goals of the teacher and expertise of the artist hired for the residency. Artists selected for the Teaching Artists Directory work in a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, folk arts, literary arts, media/video, music, storytelling, theater and visual arts.

The Teaching Art Together grant guidelines and application can be found at the arts council website. For more information about applying, contact Chris Cathers, program branch manager, at christopher.cathers@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 488.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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