Press Release: Artist Residency Grants Available to All New Jersey Schools!


Date: October 26, 2017 


Michelle Baxter-Schaffer, Artists in Education Administrator


Artist Residency Grants Available to All New Jersey Schools
Grant application workshops throughout the state

 Trenton, NJ – The Artists in Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program is now accepting applications for its 46th annual grant cycle. All New Jersey public, private, charter, or parochial schools serving grades Pre-K-12 are eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants provide up to $10,000 for residency expenses and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists in Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in grades Pre-K through 12 and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania. The program is carried out in partnership with regional partners, including Appel Farm Arts & Music Center.


Photo Caption: Students at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Music participate in a final dance performance as part of their AIE dance residency.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques, and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary, and performing arts and at all grade levels.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Technical assistance workshops are offered throughout the state during fall/winter 2017 to assist schools in preparing their application. For more information and to access program guidelines and application, visit


The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit


Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the premier arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 700 schools each year. Young Audiences’ extensive professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts. The organization annually reaches nearly 500,000 children pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A not-for-profit organization, Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the first arts education organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and, as part of the national network of Young Audiences, Inc., was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Young Audiences programs are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional funding comes from foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more, visit To be “social” with us, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @YANJEPA and on Instagram @young_audiences_njepa.