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2020 - 2021 Artists in the Schools (AITS) Grants

Grants to Hawaii Public Schools
to Improve the Arts Curriculum

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Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA)

Deadline Date:

05/26/20 11:59 PM HST


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Grants to Hawaii public schools for projects to improve the arts curriculum for students. Funding is intended for creative educational opportunities for students and professional development opportunities for school staff. The purpose of the grant program is to provide schools with direct-service residencies focused on the Fine Arts Standards by providing funds to contract Teaching Artists from the Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster.

Program guidelines:

  • The AITS residency is a partnership between the school and the Artistic Teaching Partner (ATP). ATP are either individual Teaching Artists or Arts Organizations with one or more Teaching Artists. All ATP are selected and trained to do AITS arts residencies. The application and residency should be developed by the School and the ATP together.
  • Teachers are expected to play an active and essential role by participating in planning, follow-through with students, professional development, student assessment, and reflection.
  • All residencies are based on Fine Arts Standards from Department of Education Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III, and support 21st Century learning skills—creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
  • All residencies involve students in the three artistic processes of Creating, Performing/exhibiting/sharing, and Responding (also known as C-P-R).
  • All residencies should enhance a school’s fine arts curriculum, not supplant it.
  • The AITS Art in Public Places, Permanent Work of Art (AITS APP PWA) arts residency is to increase student’s appreciation of, and engagement with, the permanent work of art at their school. The residency emphasis is on interpreting the permanent work of art by means of standards-based lessons in the fine arts (dance, drama, literary arts, music, visual arts).
  • In addition to the sessions for students and professional development for teachers, a performance or lecture-demonstration by the ATP may be included as part of the residency and it must be related to the Fine Arts Standards. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180532

Number of Grants:

HSFCA expects to fund up to 26 grants in the new AITS APP category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- AITS Regular Grant - $6,000 grant maximum. Schools must contribute 10% of the grant amount, in cash (not in-kind), towards residency expenses.
- AITS APP PWA Grant - $8,000 grant maximum. The school share minimum is waived.

Term of Contract:

The grant funds and arts residency activities are only for School Year 2020-2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Hawai‘i public schools, including public charter schools, are eligible to apply. At the time of application, a school must have been in operation, providing services to its students, for a minimum of one semester.

For a list of ineligible requests, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. HST via GO Smart online submittal.

Schools must only use Teaching Artists from the current Artistic Teaching Partners Roster.

These are the approximate dates for the AITS Program:

- January 2020 – disseminate application information to public & public charter schools and teaching artists
- April 27, 2020 – deadline for online application submittal
- June 2020 – panel meets to make recommendations
- July 2020 – the Board of Commissioners meets to discuss and review panel recommendations; approve funding pending availability of funds
- August 2020 – official notification to schools receiving an AITS grant
- August 2020 – begin SFCA contracting with ATP
- School Year 2021 – AITS residencies take place; principals write mahalo letters to Legislators
- May 31, 2021 - Final Reports & Evaluations due, or 30 days after residency is completed, whichever is earlier

For regular AITS grants, schools must contribute 10% of the grant amount, in cash (not in-kind), towards residency expenses. For the AITS APP grant category, the 10% contribution will be waived.

Arts Education Resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through GO Smart:

Denise Miyahana, Acting Arts Education Specialist
Phone: 808-586-0771

Danica “Nikki” Rosengren, Arts Program Specialist
Telephone: (808) 586-0768

Arts Education Program/AITS
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
250 S. Hotel St., 2nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

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