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Arts Enhanced Education (AEE) Grant

Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council (SWAC)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #154212

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Maryland PreK-12 schools and daycare centers in eligible regions for educational programs that utilize the arts to teach core disciplines. Teachers can apply individually or as a team on behalf of their school. Funding is intended to support interdisciplinary projects that will combine teachings in core disciplines (math, reading, science, social studies, etc.) with the arts (music, theatre, or visual). Applicants must be located in Wicomico County.

The following areas will be considered appropriate for grant requests:

  1. Residencies/Assemblies - A residency or assembly brings a paid artist (who must be a resident of Maryland) to work in close proximity with a class or school. SWAC encourages residencies and assemblies that cross curriculum lines and incorporate the arts into other curriculum areas. Examples:
    • Basket weaving was used in North Carolina schools to teach geometric patterns, cultural history and artistic concepts, in a program called "Math in a Basket."
    • A study of Greece in Citrus Heights, California resulted in a student-organized "Greek Evening" with original student-created myths for this era, recitations of ancient era Greek myths, a demonstration of student-made masks, Greek dancing and foods, all made by the students.
    • "On the Streets: A Look at My Neighborhood" was a Baltimore program that organized students to record photographs and oral histories of their own neighborhood and then exhibit the results of their discoveries.
    • The Portland Opera residency at the Warm Springs Reservation resulted in the creation of "An American Magic Flute," an adaptation of Mozart's work blending Native American storytelling into the European opera. 
  2. Bus Trips - This grant application can also support bus trips to a metropolitan arts organization within Maryland or it can support trips to local arts travel. An application should show how these bus trips augment existing arts programs and incorporate the arts into other curriculum areas.
    • Trips to Center Stage in Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, The Avalon Theatre in Easton, etc. are appropriate. Local trips for special programs at the Art Institute & Gallery, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Furnace Town, Julia Purnell Museum, Pemberton Hall, Poplar Hill Mansion and Chipman Center, for example, are also appropriate. 
  3. Commission of a Work - A school may want to create a permanent artistic addition to its physical plant. It may want to commission a paid mural, sculpture, or painting. In this category the artist, who must be a resident of Maryland, need not work directly with students, but by working on site will interact with students, be available to answer students' questions about artistic processes and act as a role model in the arts. Commission applications must show how the work theme or topic relates to the school or class.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All daycare, public and private schools from pre-K up to and including high school classes are eligible to apply.

The program must be an in-school program (after-school programs are not eligible).

If the program is a residency or commission, an outside artist(s) must be hired and paid from grant funds. Any artist used must be a Maryland resident.

The grant funds cannot be used to pay for substitute teachers.

Due to state requirements, the Council cannot fund out-of-state travel.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: November 30, 2022

Teachers can apply individually, or as a team. A team should be made up of one arts discipline teacher (music, theatre or visual) and one core discipline teacher (math, science, reading, social studies, etc.).

After an application is submitted to SWAC, applicants will be contacted by a grants committee member. Applicants must arrange to meet with the committee member to discuss the details of their application.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be a maximum of $1,000 each. There is a total of a range of $2,000-$6,000 available, depending on yearly budget.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between February 1 - May 31.

Contact Information:

Grant applications must be either emailed to
arts4shore@gmail.com

Or postmarked by the deadline date. If mailing, mail to
The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council
PO Box 884
Salisbury MD 21803

Contact the Council:
410-543-ARTS (2787) or email arts4shore@yahoo.com.

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