FRANKFORT, Ky. — Teachers interested in collaborating with professional artists to provide unique arts education experiences for their students can apply for a Kentucky Arts Council 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 grants allow teachers to meet a key component of the Arts and Humanities Program Review by bringing experienced artists into the classroom," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Residencies give teachers and students valuable, hands-on arts experiences with professional artists."

Any teacher or group of teachers in a public or private school that supports grades preschool to 12 may apply. Grant applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT Oct. 15.

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 Jean St. John, arts education director, at 502-564-8110, ext. 486, or via email at jean.stjohn@ky.gov.

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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