Artist Residency Express Grant (AREx)

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GENERAL INFORMATION

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: A minimum of 30 days prior to the planned residency. Available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year while funds are available.
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GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1200 to support artist fees and $300 for travel (at least 50 miles one way) for a residency. In some cases, an artist may charge more than the grant will support. It is up to the sponsor to ensure the artist(s) receive full payment.

The Artist Residency Express Grant (AREx) is designed for community and educational sponsors to host a short-term artist-led residency (20 hours maximum), or for an NAC Roster Artist who is a Nevada resident to present a short-term artist residency. The shape and schedule of the residency is up to the sponsor and the artist. An intensive residency may occur over one to three days, or it may be appropriate to have more residency activities of shorter duration, such as two hours a week for 6 weeks.

  • The primary focus and purpose of the activity involves a visit by an artist/group who provides participants with an active educational experience in the arts or traditional cultural practices. The AREx grant is not intended to support concerts or assembly programs.
  • A maximum of three Artist Residency Express Grants per location is allowed, whether applied for by the sponsoring organization or the artist, depending on available funding.
  • A maximum of three AREx grants per Roster Artist may be funded.
  • AREx sponsors using an artist or group on the NAC Artists in Schools + Communities Roster do not have to submit Support Material for selected artist(s) or group(s).
  • AREx sponsors using a non-roster artist must provide additional Support Material for each artist or group. Support Material required for non- roster artists can be found on the Artist Residency Express Grants page on the NAC’s online grant system.

The Artists in Schools + Communities Roster is an online resource for schools, organizations and communities seeking to engage professional artists. Roster artists have been chosen through an adjudication process, and are skilled in teaching and sharing their specific art form, whether creative writing, dance, film/video, folk traditions, music, photography, sculpture, theater, storytelling or visual arts.


AREx RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS


All AREx grant recipients agree to fulfill the following for a residency:

  • The activity is educational and involves a visit by an artist who provides participants with an active, hands-on experience in the arts. Supplementary activities such as readings, lecture-demonstrations and lecture-performances may accompany the educational activities but cannot be more than 20% of the residency.
  • The residency is planned collaboratively between the artist(s) and appropriate teacher(s) and/or community representative(s).
  • For school programs, a full day will not exceed four hours of contact time with participants.
  • A teacher or adult representative of the sponsoring organization must be present at all times during the program. If the artist is working with a large group of preK–12 students, the adult-student ratio will be appropriate to the activity.
  • A written confirmation of participation between the artist and the school/organization is submitted with the application.

REQUIRED MATCH: No match required. NAC does require that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support (See NAC Grant Guidelines). Artists should work with the sponsoring organization to get a statement of in-kind donations or services for their budget and final report.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY


Individuals: Artists/groups on the Artists in Schools + Communities Roster who are Nevada residents only.

Nonprofit Organizations, Public Institutions & Schools: Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries. Organizations in the process of applying for nonprofit 501(c)3 status may apply using a Fiscal Agent (see NAC Grant Guidelines).


APPLICATION & REVIEW PROCESS


Potential AREx applicants should speak to a member of the NAC staff regarding eligibility, funding and the grant contracting process.

This is a noncompetitive grant category and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants throughout the year as funds are available. As applications arrive, each is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by NAC staff and processed.
In general, Artist Residency Express Grant applicants will be notified about eligibility and funding within two weeks of submission through email, with a formal Grant Management Packet to follow.

REQUIRED SUPPORT MATERIAL


All required Support Material must be submitted with the application using the NAC’s online grant system: https://nevadaartscouncil.submittable.com

  • A nonprofit organization that has not previously applied for NAC funding will be required to submit an IRS 501(c)3 letter confirming legal nonprofit status and a copy of its current board list.
  • For nonprofit organization/school applicants: A letter or email confirmation of the residency from the artist approved by both parties.
  • For artist applicants: A letter or email confirmation of the residency from the sponsor organization/school approved by both parties.

Submission of multiple AREx applications: Final Reports for each project must be submitted prior to receiving funds for subsequent projects.


AREx – Individuals – NARRATIVE QUESTIONS


Residency Description

  1. Who will be planning and managing the residency project? If you are both the artist and the project manager, (A) What is the sponsoring organization/school and (B) Who are you working with at the organization/school. Provide their name and contact information? (500 characters)
  2. Provide a complete description of your residency. What is the hands – on activity? What skills or techniques will be taught?: Lectures/demonstrations/assemblies may comprise only 20% of the activity. (1500 characters)
  3. What are the purpose and goals of the proposed residency? (1500 characters)
  4. When and where will the residency take place? (500 characters)
  5. What is the residency schedule: number of days, contact hours per day, etc. (500 characters)
  6. If you are requesting funds for travel, include travel specifics. (500 characters)
  7. Who is the target audience for the residency? Include the expected number of participants and a brief description (i.e. 25 11th grade students and 2 teachers; 30 adult watercolor painters; 15 native youths between 13-18 years old). (500 characters)
  8. For school residencies only: Relate the planned activities to the Nevada Department of Education’s Fine Art Standards. If applicable, state any other relevant subject standards integrated with the arts. (1000 characters)

Marketing

  1. For non-school residencies only: How will you and your sponsoring organization market and promote your residency to the general public and/or specific groups? (1500 characters)

Evaluation

  1. Describe how you and your sponsoring organization(s) will evaluate the success of the residency and measure its effectiveness.  How will you determine if your goals were achieved? (1500 characters)

AREx – Organizations – NARRATIVE QUESTIONS


Residency Description

  1. Who is planning and managing the residency project? (500 characters)
  2. Who is the artist you have selected? Why? (500 characters)
  3. Provide a complete description of the residency. What is the hands-on activity? What skills or techniques will be taught? Lectures/demonstrations/assemblies may comprise only 20% of the activity. (1500 characters)
  4. What are the purpose and goals of the proposed residency? (500 characters)
  5. When and where will the residency take place? (500 characters)
  6. Residency timeline: number of days, contact hours per day, etc. (1500 characters)
  7. If you are requesting funds for travel, include Artist Travel specifics. (500 characters)
  8. Describe the target audience(s) for the residency, including the expected number of participants (i.e. 25 11th grade students and 2 teachers; 30 watercolor painters; 15 native youths between 13-18 years old). (1000 characters)
  9. For school residencies only: Relate the planned activities to the Nevada Department of Education’s Fine Art Standards. If applicable, state any other relevant subject standards integrated with the arts. (1000 characters)

Marketing

  1. For non-school residencies only:  How will you market and promote your residency to your members, the general public, d/or specific groups? (1500 characters)

Evaluation

  1. Describe the methods used by your organization to evaluate the success of the residency and measure its effectiveness.  How will you determine if your goals were achieved? (1000 characters)

STAFF ASSISTANCE

NAC staff can guide applicants applying for AREx grant by discussing the plans for residency and artist(s) being concerned.

Arts Learning Director Maryjane Dorofachuk 702.486.3738 or email