Grants & Programs

Arts-in-Education Residency Program

The Arts-in-Education Residency Program (AIE Residency) provides support for professional artist to provide hands-on learning in schools and communities statewide. Residencies last from two weeks to six months. Primary and secondary educational institutions, community colleges, and local community organizations are eligible to apply, as well as four-year colleges and universities if the residency involves local K-12 student population.

Examples of programs:

  • An elementary school engages a theatre company to work with all third grade students and their teachers, weaving drama into their literacy and social studies curricula.
  • A museum partners with a local elementary school to host a visual arts residency that integrates with an upcoming exhibition featuring the residency artist. The artist works with 5th and 6th grade students on a textile arts project that focuses on batik, fabric painting, and quilt-making. In addition, the artist provides classes at the museum for community members focusing on the same skills as the school’s students.
  • A community center and a library collaborate to engage a poet for six months to work after-school at the center with a group of teen-agers and at the library with senior adults on poetry craft, editing, and recitation in order to create poems that tell their stories. Guest artists include a printmaker and a book-binder who assist the two populations in the designing, printing, and binding of a series of their poems. The residency culminates with a community event where the two groups share their poetry through recitation and display of the pieces created.

Program Goals

  • To create a focus around which the educational and civic community can develop or strengthen programs in arts education.
  • To assist educators in innovative curriculum development and implementation.
  • To increase the understanding of, and appreciation for, the arts and artists within schools and communities.
  • To support arts programming that reflects the diversity and cultural richness of Illinois and encourages active participation from all residents.

Grant requests for fiscal year 2016 are for residency activities occurring between November 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016


Monday, June 22, 2015. Applications must be successfully submitted to the Illinois eGrant system by 5:00pm central time.

To access the AIE Residency Program Guidelines, follow this link:

Online Application Webinar Recording

A recording of the June 3rd application workshop webinar is now available on-demand. This webinar provides an overview of the AIE Residency application process.  Follow this link to access the recording:

Program Alternatives

Schools, school districts and local community organizations interested in a short-term (five to 30 hours) residency should apply to the StARTS Program. First-time applicants to the IACA are strongly encouraged to apply for this grant before applying to the Agency’s AIE Residency Program.