Artists in Education

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Sponsored by Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council and Columbia Basin Trust

For more than 30 years, the Artists in Education (AIE) funding program has supported the arts in schools right across BC by providing matching funds for performances, workshops and residencies. AIE has introduced hundreds of thousands of children and youth to traditional and cultural events in a multidisciplinary range of dance, theatre, music, literary, media and visual arts.

Program goals and objectives:

  • Expose young people to workshops, performances, and residencies that have artistic quality and educational merit.
  • Balance exposure of the arts to young people in remote, rural and urban environments.
  • Establish professional standards for arts practices and presentations in schools and expose BC’s children and youth to professional quality arts programming.
  • Develop, maintain and expand the market for professional artists working with children and youth.
  • Facilitate communication between the arts and education communities by developing mutual awareness, respect and appreciation.
  • Promote the arts as an area of study and professional employment.

Grants available:

Artists in Education 2 (Grants to Schools)
Artists in Education 1
(Grants to Districts)

Artists in Education 2 - (Grants to Schools)

This Artists in Education matching grant provides up to $1,800 to help individual schools across BC bring professional artists into their classrooms. The grant supports a wide range of curriculum-integrated, community-engaged arts programs, including workshops and long-term residencies. For full details, please download and read the application form and guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact

Application Form
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Spring Deadline: June 4, 2010 for projects undertaken between September 2010 and June 2011
Fall Deadline: TBA

Resources for applicants

Applicants that receive AIE2 funding have developed student-centred projects that offer young people opportunities to deepen their learning, expand their understanding of the world and make meaning in new ways. You may wish to consult the following resources for tips and ideas on creating a strong application.

Artists in Education 1 - (Grants to Districts)

Please note: only one application per school district is accepted. Only district representatives may apply. Contact to obtain an application form. Program guidelines are available on our Forms & Deadlines page.

This Artists in Education grant is designed to support a wide range of professional arts activities throughout all of BC’s districts and associations. Open to all BC School Districts, the Federation of Independent School Associations and the First Nations Schools Association, the annual allocation of funding is determined through a formula based on the number of schools, number of students and a distance code assigned to each district or association.

ArtStarts gratefully acknowledges the support of the following founders and sponsors of the Artists in Education program.