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Schools: The Arts Council is still operating and will be opening our FY2021 Residency and Auditorium Grants this Fall. More information soon to come. 

Teaching Artists: The Arts Council is excited to announce that we have moved our artist directory to be available completely online. Directory applications are NOW OPEN. Scroll to the bottom of this page to apply! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we have made the decision to not hold a showcase this year. 


The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County recognizes of the impact the corona-virus outbreak has had on schools ability to continue their Residency and Auditorium programming. If you are a school who was awarded an Arts Council FY20 Arts in Education Residency or Auditorium Grant, please see below options on how to proceed with your schools art programming.

If it is possible to achieve the desired message and agreeable at the same contracted price, the Arts Council is allowing schools to proceed virtually with their Residency or Auditorium. If your school is able to do the Residency or Auditorium virtually, this should be reported in your schools final report as soon as the program has been completed or no later than June 30, 2020.

If proceeding virtually is not an option for your school, the Arts Council is allowing extensions of the funding to be used in the beginning of next school year, which would not impact your schools funding for FY21 Arts in Education Grants. The program would have to be scheduled by December 31, 2020. We will need something in writing from the artist or representative of the artist that confirms the new date so we can document the change and the final report must be submitted as soon as the program is complete.

The Arts Council will continue to provide updates as we receive more information.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to McKenna Kennedy,, with any questions you may have.

The Arts in Education program has been bridging Arts and Education for over a decade and continues to evolve and increase its impact in the schools.

The Arts in Education Program is the Arts Council’s initiative to support the integration of Arts into the education curricula throughout Anne Arundel County.  Included in the Arts in Education Program are:


  • The Teachers Institute
  • The Arts in Education Showcase
  • The AiE Auditorium & Residency Grants

The Teachers Institute consists of two, half-day workshops with a featured guest speaker emphasizing the benefits of arts integrated teaching methods. The workshops are fun and include hands on activities and engaged learning.

The Arts in Education Showcases are short performances by Artists with educational programs, usually performed for an audience of students, PTA/PTO members, faculty and staff.

Auditorium & Residency Grants assists schools and PTO/PTA groups in presenting quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre and arts related or integrated projects. These two grants are open to all registered schools, private and public, in Anne Arundel County. AiE Residency and Auditorium Grants are available from the Arts Council to assist with programming expenses.

Arts in Education Grants

The Arts in Education Program invites registered public and private schools in Anne Arundel County to apply for one (1) Residency and one (1) Auditorium Grant per school year. These grants are used to fund artistically driven educational programs. The ACAAC will only support funding for performers listed in the ACAAC Arts in Education Directory or those on the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Arts in Education registry. All applications are reviewed by the Arts in Education Committee and funding for as many programs as possible is approved based on the annual budget. It is the responsibility of the applicant to book the artists and secure any additional funding that is needed. All applications must be completed in full with the requested supplemental materials to be considered. ACAAC grants received under the Arts in Education Program should be in the school’s newsletter, giving credit to the ACAAC, the MSAC, City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Please read the individual guidelines for each Grant.

Arts in Education
Residency Grant

The Arts in Education Residency Grant funds ongoing workshops and projects where registered artists partner with schools to produce a performance, presentation, project or program involving the joint participation of teachers, students and artists lasting a minimum of five (5) days. Each school may apply for one Residency Grant per school year.

FY2021 ONLINE Applications will be available this Fall. More information to come. 

Residency Grant Guidelines
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Arts in Education
Auditorium Grant

The Arts in Education Auditorium Grant funds an auditorium style assembly facilitated by registered Arts Council or MSAC artists. Each school may apply for one Auditorium Grant per school year.

FY2021 ONLINE Applications will be available this Fall. More information to come. 

Auditorium Grant Guidelines
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Arts in Education Directory


The annual AiE Directory lists the names, contact and program information of Artists, who would like to be considered for AiE Grants.The AiE Directory is distributed to all schools and Libraries throughout Anne Arundel County listing the variety of artists from visual, performing, history and other arts related or integrated disciplines. The Arts-in-Education Directory is designed to put the world of the arts at the fingertips of program directors as they apply for their Arts-in-Education Grants.

Artists: Directory submissions for the 2020-2021 school year are now OPEN!

Deadline for Submissions EXTENDED: September 21, 2020

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