ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
The artist in residence, our newest and most flexible education program can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any
school. Whether it is a weekly visual arts class or a year long elective designed to give students a deeper understanding of
their core subject areas, the artist in residence program promotes intellectual, social and personal development. Even though
this program can take many forms in its implementation, it is fundamentally grounded in the belief that successful education
is concerned with human development.
8 WEEK PROGRAM
Before AFP places an artist in residence, we work closely with client schools to identify a specific academic-intellectual-social
area within the school culture-curriculum that would benefit from our program. Once this area is identified, the AFP education
team develops an arts and humanities program tailored to meet the specific needs of the area in question. In the past, we
have developed daily and weekly art classes for schools that did not have the resources to keep art teachers on staff. We
have also developed a series of high school electives that work in conjunction with core subject areas such as history, global
history and social studies. Of course, the extent to which these programs were scaled was left to the discretion and budgetary
concerns of each client school.
By placing teaching-artists in classrooms for an extended period of time, we strive to cultivate a meaningful relationship
between students and AFPís educators. In essence, the Artist in Residence Program creates an atmosphere of consistency,
familiarity and trust, encouraging students to engage with our educators and their schoolwork in a meaningful way.
This multiple-session program will focus on dissecting important issues and topics relevant within the lives of the community
while introducing various disciplines and mediums, and exposing young people to new forms of creative expression. AFP
looks to collaborate with schools and community organizations, building relationships with the participating youth and its staff
in hopes that arts education and the philosophy of learning and developing through the arts will be sustained long after the
8-week schedule has been completed. The goal of this program is to have consecutive sessions where experienced AFP
teaching artists will have the opportunity to facilitate a number of projects and activities that will vary in medium and technique, while being able to monitor the progress of the youth and in the end, process the work and have youth appreciate and
acknowledge their accomplishments as well as their peers. Each project session is planned sequentially and aimed to
examine one’s community, their perception of culture, current events, and explore one’s self within their environment.
Every 8 week program will culminate with a final event exhibition, where the participants, their families and the whole
community will be invited to come celebrate the finished pieces and enjoy their art, their culture, and the discovery of new
skills learned and new passions born.
The objective of the one-day workshop is to outreach to underserved communities and to offer a day where AFP teaching
artists can work with schools, organizations, youth and families and instruct activities encouraging self-expression and
support learning through the arts. One day workshops cater to all needs and can vary in time, content, and space. Each
planned art project is modeled to encourage youth to explore culture, community, current events and their place within their
surroundings through the learning of art technique, literacy, group discussion and interaction. AFP workshops aim to foster
creative development, increase interest and appreciation for the arts, and to bring community and families together.
To see how you can schedule a program for your school, please contact Annie Branson, Arts Education Coordinator.