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As schools throughout Kentucky transition to in-person learning opportunities this fall, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Art Together artist residency grant has remained a flexible option for teachers who want to enhance their lessons in the arts.

The Teaching Art Together grant lets teachers collaborate with practicing, professional artists in the arts council’s adjudicated Teaching Artists Directory. Those artists are ready to design and implement innovative one-week residencies. These residencies can be adapted to accommodate virtual learning. Kentucky Arts Council staff will be available to provide some technical assistance, if necessary.

“The teaching artists in our directory have demonstrated their adaptability at altering in-person lessons for virtual learning,” said Chris Cathers, arts council executive director. “Schools can feel confident when applying for a Teaching Art Together grant that they will get access to some of the best creative thinkers in the state, and their students will benefit from exposure to working artists who bring their expertise into the classroom.”

The directory is a roster of more than 40 adjudicated artists of varied disciplines, who not only produce high quality work, but also have the skills and competencies to work in educational settings. The directory serves as a resource for schools and organizations who seek to employ professional teaching artists.

For residencies between Oct. 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022, the application deadline is Aug. 1. For residencies between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2022, the application deadline is Oct. 31.

For more information on Teaching Art Together, visit the Kentucky Arts Council website or contact Samuel Lockridge at or 502-892-3124.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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