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Arts in Education Programs

Arts in Education Programs


NEW!: Schools may collaborate with one or more of the following: arts organizations, artists, and county arts councils, to apply for the new Creativity Project Grant in Arts Education for out of school activities: after school, evenings, weekends, and summer. Rolling deadlines. Details here.

Cultivating Innovative Thinkers: Arts in Education

The arts foster young imaginations and encourage success in school and later in the workforce. Through the MSAC's Arts in Education (AiE) initiatives, high-quality arts experiences are an additional tool for student learning and creative growth. Here's how:

The Artist in Residence Program

The MSAC 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 MSAC's AiR 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.

The Visiting Performer Program

Through the Visiting Performer Program, schools, and other educational institutions gain assistance and financial support that encourage quality arts performances and workshops for their students. Teachers or schools may browse the Visiting Performer Roster and contact an artist to book a performance or production for students. For each booking, the artist applies MSAC funding that reduces the amount owed by the school to the artist by up to one-third, making performances more affordable for schools. A school may obtain up to three different productions per school year through the Visiting Performers Program.

Poetry Out Loud

The words of great poets literally come to life in Poetry Out Loud (POL), the literary arts program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Through MSAC support, students across Maryland are enriched by this national arts education program encourages the mastery of great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

Arts Education Partnerships

In partnership with the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education, the MSAC supports professional development for teachers, arts educators, and artists through The Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms (MCCC).  The mission of the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education is to promote meaningful engagement in arts education for all Maryland students.

The arts education advocacy organization for Maryland is Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS).  AEMS' mission is to ensure that all Maryland public school students have equitable access to arts education so that they can learn and achieve in and through dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.



All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.