About AIS

The Artist in the School program is designed to give Yukon school children the opportunity to be instructed and inspired by practicing artists and to learn to work with a variety of art forms and media. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to put together a program that they feel would be appealing to students and that reflects their own media. The program is funded by the Department of Tourism and Culture, and is administered by the Yukon Art Society.

The Artist in the School program pays the artist for the time they spend working with school children and also covers travel expenses if applicable. The Artist in the School program does not cover the cost of material required for the projects. Some artists may offer to bring in everything needed, but it is the school's responsibility to purchase the supplies, whether from the artist or from a store. The Yukon Art Society will be happy to assist you in finding the supplies you need.

It is assumed that the hourly wage will compensate for any preparation time the artist accumulates unless noted in their program description. In which case, the number of prep time hours needs to be added to the payment form and will be deducted from the school’s allotted hours.

All artists must pass an RCMP background check in order to work within the Artist in the School program. We would like schools to work with artists that are in the catalog in order to ensure that they have undergone these checks. If there is an artist you would like to welcome into your school who is not it the catalogue, please contact us; we will work with you and the artist to help facilitate their integration to the program by getting the RCMP check done.

Special Projects: longer, bigger, better…

Whether you have a big art project in mind or need a hand with some artistic support for a student’s performance, there may be an artist interested in helping. The AIS program offers 20 extra hours (on top of your allotted hours) of artist time to be spent on specific, more time consuming projects. These hours can be combined with some of your school’s allotted hours to make an even bigger project happen.

If there is a project your school would like to undertake, but you do not see a similar program in the catalogue, the AIS coordinator is able to assist you by referring you to appropriate artists. Please note – the coordinator will not recommend one artist over another but suggest a few artists relevant to your particular project.

Project grants are based upon the following guidelines:

  1. An outline of the project explaining what it is you would like to do, who is involved and when the project is to take place.
  2. A budget showing all costs, including the ones the school will assume.

There are 6 special projects allotted for the communities and 3 for the Whitehorse schools. A deadline of January 1 has been set for project submissions. Schools that received special project hours the prior year are asked to wait to allow other schools the opportunity to apply. Following that, Special Projects will be granted on a first come first served basis.

Special project possibilities with the AIS program…

  1. Artist Residency Guest artist spends concentrated time in the school with all or most students.
  2. Artist Designed Extended Program Some are listed and many other programs in the catalogue indicate they could be lengthened to fall under the extended program.
  3. School-Designed Extended Project.
  4. Project designed using Sky is the Limit. This is a collaborative effort.

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Sky is the Limit

Artist is available for Sky is the Limit Projects

If you have a special project idea and would like the help of a professional to develop it, you may be able to find the artist you are looking for in the AIS catalogue or by talking to the AIS coordinator. An artist interested in participating in the Sky is the Limit program will indicate as much at the close of their biographies.

Over all, we would like to see that as many students as possible are given the opportunity to work with professional artists. We want to know that the program is a positive experience for everyone involved and sincerely hope that it leaves a lasting impression on the lives of our Yukon school children.

Please feel free to comment on an artist’s visit or the administration of the program at any time. For your convenience an evaluation form has been included on our website; our funding agency appreciates having a record of your comments.

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How does Artist in the School work?

Look through the website to find either the medium or process you would like your students to explore and the artist you would like to work with. Talk to the AIS contact in your school about it and to your colleagues who might be interested in enjoying the artist's visit on the same day as you. Contact the artist directly to learn more about availability and supplies needed. When the dates are secured between you and the artist, fill in the “Artist Request” form and give it to your school’s AIS coordinator to fax to the Yukon Art Society.

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Program Guidelines

Please contact the artist directly to work out details, prior to requesting hours from the coordinator at the Art Society. The coordinator can be reached by phone 332-1904 as well as by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by fax (867) 667-6056.

Send all requests to the Yukon Art Society through your school’s contact person. This will ensure that your school’s hours are tracked and that all artists are paid for their time.

Book the artist for as large a block of time as possible. It is more efficient for an artist to spend consecutive hours in a school than to spend time traveling back and forth. Using the same artist in more than one classroom can facilitate this.

We ask that teachers remain in the classroom while the artists are present. It is not the responsibility of the artist to control the class and it is to the benefit of everyone if the teacher participates in the program.

Find out what the costs associated with the program will be prior to the arrival of the artist. Supplies are not covered by the Artist in the School program, nor are any extraneous expenses such as film development or sound equipment rentals. Be sure to outline what will be required for the program with the artist. Inquire as to whether or not the artist will be able to supply the materials or if the school will have to order. Please note that the Yukon Art Society is happy to assist schools with ordering materials.

For an artist to be paid for the time they spend with your students, the payment form needs to be signed by a teacher to confirm the project took place. Try to fill out the payment form in as much detail as possible. The information requested is used to help secure funding for the Artist in the School on a yearly basis. The statistics gathered are also of interest to government and other organizations in the Yukon. Copies of all Artist in the School forms may be found at the back of this catalogue; photocopy them as needed.

Please note that the following listed programs are offered based on the artist's availability. Contact the artist as soon as possible to confirm dates. New artists and programs will be added to our website as we receive them; visit often and stay up to date!

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How much time can the Artist spend in our school?

Schools are allotted a limited number of hours to ‘spend’ working with artists from the catalogue. The base number of hours is 21 per school, per year and increases depending on school enrollment (4 additional hours per every 50 students). It is strongly recommended that a request for an artist be for a minimum of 3 hours. Several teachers can arrange to have the same artist on a specific day. It is preferable for an artist to work in one school with multiple classes than to work with only a few students for a short amount of time.

Teachers are also invited to welcome an artist into the school for a longer consecutive period of time. It increases the intensity of the experience, allowing for a more meaningful relationship between the students and the artist as well as greater insight into the artist’s discipline. If the school is in a community the artist is encouraged to spend the night. Billeting the artist is preferable, however if that isn’t a workable situation for either the school or the artist, the AIS program will cover accommodations.

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