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Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence Program

The MSAC's Artist in Residence (AiR) program provides grants to Maryland schools that cover half the cost of a teaching artist residency in a particular school. Maryland schools are invited to browse the below Artist in Residence Roster to select an MSAC Artist-in-Residence. The school then applies for a grant from the MSAC that covers half the cost of the residency. The artists on this roster specialize in harnessing the arts as tools for learning and are available to lead hands-on, intensive arts workshops in Maryland schools.

Guidelines for the 2018-2019 school year are available here. Please read thoroughly, especially policy changes with regard to grant payments on page two (2).

No paper copies of the application contained in the guidelines will be accepted. Applications must completed online through eGrant with an electronic signature. Please read thoroughly. Applications that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.     

School Application Process

Please closely review the guidelines. Applications must meet the guidelines to be approved.

  • Select an artist from the online Artist-in-Residence Roster
  • Contact artist to discuss the duration of the residency. Determine round trip mileage expenses and calculate a travel budget
  • Complete application and submit draft copy to your selected artist for approval
  • Upon his or her application approval, the artist provides confirmation code
  • Enter this code to complete the eGrant Application
  • Once the application is submitted, generates an email with a PDF attachment of the completed application to the e-mail address that corresponds with “site coordinator” in the school’s profile.
  • If you need to change the “site coordinator,” information on file, sign-in and click “user info” in the white menu bar at the top of the screen to edit that information..



Sixty fourth grade students at Resurrection St. Paul, working with MSAC Artist-in-Residence Kristin Helberg, created a mural that honored scientists and the world of science. Once complete, Ms. Helberg contacted three of the living scientists who are featured on the mural, sending them their related images and telling them of the project. Ms. Helberg asked if they could send a short statement for her to read at the unveiling. 

Two of the scientists responded: Paul Stamets, a mycologist who has become well know for his work with cleaning up toxic waste dumps using fungus, and astronaut Alan Bean, the 4th man to walk on the moon in 1969. Mr. Bean left NASA in 1981 to pursue his career in painting images of being on the moon. He has been a professional artist since 1981. 

Talk about amazing!  What a great project to inspire young (and older) minds....Our generation will be remembered for many achievements, and one of the greatest will be our movement off the earth, from its gravitational pull, to begin our future generations’ exploration of the universe. My paintings record the beginnings of a quest never to end, our journey out amongst the stars. All the best wishes and congratulations, Alan

Truly honored to be on the mural with so many great scientists. And thank you and your students for paying attention. We are all interconnected. When you look at a rotting log, let's re-define what decomposition means - it speaks to renewal, regeneration, giving birth to new generations. We are all part of this dance with nature. Let's be responsible and good partners. Cheers! Paul