FY2021 Teaching Art Apart Program

Rolling Application Deadline:
1st of each month, December 2020 - April 2021

Program Purpose

To provide honorariums for professional teaching artists to create virtual learning content in their respective creative disciplines.

To provide students with arts education from professional teaching artists, whether learning at home or in the classroom.

To provide teachers with high quality virtual learning content that conforms to the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts and/or English Language Arts. This content can be used to supplement in-person instruction or as a remote learning tool. It also provides teachers the opportunity to sample content from teaching artists before applying for Teaching Art Together grants.

Who May Apply

Any member in good standing of the Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Artists Directory.

Core Values

Like all programs of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Teaching Art Together Grant is guided by the arts council’s core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.

Core Values of the Kentucky Arts Council

Program Description

Applying teaching artists will create virtual content that adapts part of their typical in-person teaching residency plan for remote learning. This content can be in any form, or combination of forms, that can be accessed remotely by teachers or students – instructional videos, audio recordings, workbooks, games, etc. This content will be submitted to the arts council for an internal panel review and those approved will be distributed and promoted by the arts council. Approved applicants will then be paid honorariums for the content and labor time necessary to create the content according to the stipulations below.

Honorarium Amounts

Approved applicants will be paid honorariums equal to:

$50 per hour of approved content, up to 3 hours total
$50 per hour of work to create the approved content, up to 10 hours total

Applicants will submit an honorarium request as part of the application using the following formula:

(Hours worked x $50) + (Hours of learning content created x $50) = Honorarium amount

For example, if an artist worked 10 hours (10 x $50) to create a series of three 1-hour videos (3 x $50), their total honorarium request would equal $650.

Applicants are responsible for providing any supplies, materials and other incidental expenses required to create their virtual learning content. The honorarium ONLY covers the artist’s fee.


Applicants may submit only one application per cycle.

Each applicant must submit at least one full hour of learning content, defined by the estimated time needed for a student of the specified learning level to complete it.

Program Timeline

Deadline for submission of the application and supporting materials

Rolling: 1st of each month through April 2021

Review of applications by panel

Rolling: Monthly through April 2021

Applicant notification

As soon as possible after approval

Honorariums paid to approved applicants

As soon as content release form is signed and returned

Performance Expectations

Applications will be reviewed using scoring criteria that correspond to the following performance expectations. Your narrative should address each of these criteria and show that your proposed learning content will meet them. A good exercise when writing your narrative is to turn the criteria into a question, e.g., “how will students be engaged in the creative process?” The criteria are divided into three categories and assigned point values totaling 100.

  1. Content Implementation (40 points)

  1. Artistic Excellence (35 points)

  1. Accessibility and Inclusivity (25 points)

Program Support

The program director will offer the following support to ensure that program standards and goals are met:

How to Apply

  1. Create virtual learning content: Adapt lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, etc. that would normally be a part of your in-person teaching residencies for virtual implementation at home or in the classroom. All content must already be created before applying.

  2. Fill out the application: The online application can be accessed here.

  3. Submit virtual learning content: : Email your completed virtual learning content to as attachments or embedded hyperlinks. Use the subject line: Teaching Art Apart Application. Instructions for preparing your content for submission can be found below.

Application Deadline

The application must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the 1st of each month. Submissions received after that time will be ineligible for consideration.

Following the deadline, each application will be reviewed by the program director, who may contact the applicant if clarification is needed or materials are missing.

Virtual Learning Content Requirements

In order to be approved, submitted content must:

Conform to the Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts and/or English Language Arts.

Include a written description of the activity with:
Clear instructions for how to implement it
Clear learning outcomes
Intended grade/age level(s)
Required materials list

Be digitally accessible. The arts council recognizes that not every student or school has internet access, but your content must at least be digitally submitted to the arts council for review.

Constitute at least one full hour of learning, defined by the estimated time needed for a student of the specified learning level to complete it. The content may be sub-divided into smaller segments totaling at least one hour, but no individual segment may exceed one hour. For example, a packet of four 15-minute activities would be acceptable, as would a series of 1-hour podcasts, but an undivided 2-hour video would not be.


Written documents may be in DOCX, DOC, ODT, RTF or PDF format

Images must be at least 1920 x 1920 pixels and may be either JPG or PNG format

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube

Audio files must be uploaded to SoundCloud or YouTube

If your content cannot be submitted in one of the above formats due to its intrinsic nature, please contact the program director

Approval Process

Step 1:
Panel Meeting

The arts council conducts a closed panel review process for this program. The arts council will notify all applicants of their approval status as soon as possible after the panel meeting takes place.

Step 2:
Artist Agreement and Payment

The arts council will send approved applicants an honorarium form stating the terms of payment and a content release form granting the arts council the right to use and distribute the submitted content. Once these forms are signed and returned payment will begin processing.

Step 3:
Content Delivery

The arts council will make all approved content freely available through its website and other online platforms. The content will be promoted to school teachers around the state via email and phone calls. Special arrangements may be made on a case by case basis to deliver content to schools with limited internet access.

Grantee Expectations

Legislative Letters

Applicants approved for the Teaching Art Apart Program are required to send a letter to each of their state legislators (sample) and forward copies to the arts council.

Final Reports

As members of the Teaching Artists Directory, all applicants are required to submit an annual final report by June 30th. If approved for the Teaching Art Apart Program, this should be noted in the final report.

For More Information

The arts council welcomes all questions regarding this program and application. For more information, please contact:

Samuel Lockridge
Arts Education Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)


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