The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County soon will offer Anne Arundel County school representatives and students brief previews of over 30 artists’ presentations as part of the council’s Arts in Education(AiE) program. The previews will be held on Friday, September 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Broadneck Elementary in Arnold and on Thursday, October 2nd from 6:00p.m. to 7:40 p.m. at Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie. All Anne Arundel County school representatives, PTA, PTO and other parent groups for public and private school are welcome to attend.
Artists participating in the previews include storytellers, actors and singers who infuse the arts with curriculum centered themes to engage students in creative learning. Artists cover topics from bullying to reenacting history. During the showcase school representatives will have an opportunity speak directly with artists about their various programs.
In addition to the AiE Showcases, school representatives are invited to apply to the Arts Council for programming funds through the AiE Auditorium and Residency Grants. AiE grants may be used to pay for artists’ presentations at their individual schools. They can choose from the preview artists or other approved artists listed in the Arts Council’s AiE Directory, which will be distributed at the showcases.
The deadline for grant applications from the schools is Friday, October 24, 2014. Each school can apply for up to two grants – an auditorium grant and a residency grant. Auditorium grants are for performances in an auditorium, usually to large groups of students. Residency grants are for artists to work with smaller groups of students on a variety of art projects. Grants are expected to be awarded by mid-November.
Last year, the Arts Council distributed over $55,000, impacting more than 20,000 students with presentations and hands on projects. This year the Arts Council looks forward to exceeding those numbers.