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2016-2017 Artists in Education List of Recipients

What are the Artists in Education Rosters?

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) funds artists to work in classrooms across Ontario during the school year. The artists on the Artists in Education (AIE) and the Aboriginal Artists in Schools (AAIS) rosters work in various artistic disciplines and arts practices, and are based in communities across the province.

Teachers are encouraged to invite the artists into their classroom to guide students in hands-on arts activities. The OAC subsidizes approximately 80 per cent of the artist’s fee, with limited additional funds available to cover their travel costs. Schools are responsible for approximately 20 per cent of the artist’s fee and materials if needed.

Download the 2016-17 lists of funded artists for Artists in Education (AIE)PDF File and Aboriginal Artists in Schools (AAIS) PDF File.​​

Please feel free to photocopy and distribute the rosters to your colleagues or other interested individuals.

Educational institutions that wish to work with artists who are not on the roster list, should encourage them to apply to the next deadline.

Information for Teachers and School Officials
Reasons to Invite an Artist Into Your Classroom
How to Invite an Artist Into Your Classroom
Cost and Duration
How Artists Get on the Rosters
Who Can Participate
How Parents and Guardians Can Get Involved
​Contact Information

Information for Teachers and School Officials

Working with an artist educator can be an enriching professional development exercise for teachers. It provides an opportunity to learn more about the creative process (a key element of Ontario’s arts curriculum) and a chance to develop new skills.

Follow the steps below to learn more, and to find out how you can invite an artist into your school.

Reasons to Invite an Artist Into Your Classroom

  • Artists support you in delivering the arts curriculum.
  • Students who are involved in creative projects often demonstrate stronger problem-solving skills, tenacity and the ability to think outside of the box.
  • An arts education experience can be a catalyst for learning for students struggling with traditional teaching methods.
  • Arts education embraces the various learning styles of students and may improve their motivation to learn other subjects.
  • Arts Education exposes students to professional artists and the arts as a professional avenue for a future career.

How to Invite an Artist Into Your Classroom

Step 1: Review the roster to select a project.
Read the project descriptions to decide which art form you would like to explore in your classroom, then check the roster to see if there is an artist whose project addresses your grade level.

Step 2: Contact the artist.
Use the contact information provided to get in touch with the artist and determine the suitability of the project and their availability. You are not restricted to an artist in your community. The OAC can cover travel costs for artists who reside more than 25 km from your school, and travel and per diem costs for artists who are more than 75 km away. Travel requests are processed on a first come, first served basis until all allocated funds are depleted.

Note: Some artists get booked quickly as they are funded to a maximum of 125 hours (typically 5 projects). If you cannot find an artist on the roster with funded projects available, you might consider negotiating an independent project with them, or applying together for a grant for a future project through the Arts Education Projects program.

Cost and Duration

  • The OAC has subsidized over 80 per cent of the artist’s fee.
  • Schools are required to contribute a minimum of $281.25 per 25-hour project and pay for the cost of materials and supplies. Some artists charge a higher fee, may need to charge HST, or may have a project with a duration longer than 25 hours. Check with the artist before booking.
  • Schools must make a commitment of at least 25 hours with the artist. For every 25-hour project, the artist will spend 20 hours in-class with students, and five hours of preparation. The minimum length of engagement with one class is five hours.

How Artists Get on the Rosters

Artists interested in working in schools apply to OAC’s Artists in Education (AIE) or Aboriginal Artists in Schools (AAIS) program with a project proposal. Juries of artist educators and arts education professionals evaluate the proposals on the basis of artistic and educational merits. Anglophone, Aboriginal, and francophone rosters of recipients are then produced listing all selected projects and the respective artists.

These are not meant to be comprehensive lists of Ontario artists who work in education. These are rosters of artists who have received a grant from the AIE or AAIS program in the current year. The OAC receives many requests from artists with excellent credentials and worthwhile projects, however due to limited funds OAC is not able to include them all on the rosters. In addition, educational institutions may know of artists who are not currently on the roster, but who they would like to come to their schools. These artists should be encouraged to contact the OAC.

Although artist-driven projects selected for the roster are funded by OAC, we do not represent the artists on the roster. Educators wishing to contract any artists should interview and satisfy themselves as to the appropriateness of the particular artist and the project for their educational setting and age group. It is the role of the educational institution to support artists by supervising the learning environment.

Note about the AAIS roster:
Artists on this roster have self-identified as Aboriginal. “Aboriginal” includes status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. Projects may be about any subject and/or in any discipline.

Who Can Participate

Teachers or other school officials may contact artists on any roster to invite them into their schools. Any educational institution registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, including private schools, education authorities, and First Nations schools that are registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education and/or federally-funded, is eligible to invite an artist from the rosters.

How Parents and Guardians Can Get Involved

  • Help us spread the word. Tell your peers and school officials about the rosters.
  • Tweet about the rosters, tag @ONArtsCouncil and use #ArtsEdON .
  • Share on Facebook, tag Ontario Arts Council and use #ArtsEdON.
  • Bring the rosters to a school council meeting.
  • Read through the rosters, check out artists’ websites, and start to envision a project for your school.
  • Meet with the principal to share the rosters.
  • Talk it over with your child’s teacher.
  • Talk to other parents and guardians.
  • Invite OAC’s Associate Arts Education Officer to make a presentation about the roster to your school council.
  • Create a fundraiser to support the arts in yourschool.
  • Connect with local business for in-kind services for arts activities.

Please note that only school officials (principals or teachers) can sign the Artist Educator Agreement form confirming the artist’s engagement with a classroom. School administrators are in the best position to determine whether the listed projects on the roster can meet their objectives.

Click here for more information about the Artists In Education program
Click here for more information about the Aboriginal Artists in Schools

Contact Information

Terry Gitersos, Arts Education Program Administrator
416-969-7401, toll-free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401