K-12 Artist-in-Residency program. Our K-12 program brings arts workshops and live performances into the classroom. During each residency we work with teachers to design lesson plans for any subject using a specific arts topic in dance, theatre, music or visual art. The workshops are led by trained Teaching Artists (TAs) and are hands-on and experiential – not lecture – allowing students to explore subject matter and to have a deeper more personal connection with the art form. The culminating event is a live performance which showcases high quality artists and performers from around the country.
“I can say that this will be one of those things that I will treasure forever. I feel more connected to my roots more than I ever knew.” William Penn student’s response to a South American percussion residency.
The DIAE Residency. Each residency is designed by the Teaching Artist (TA), in partnership with the Teacher, to expand on specific curriculum demands in the classroom. Depending on the number of classes involved, a typical residency can last between two to four weeks. Each residency includes:
Two planning sessions. About three weeks before the residency begins, the TA and all participating teachers meet to discuss the focus of the residency, and develop lesson plans detailing how contextual information and arts activities will be presented. Usually, two planning sessions are needed. Planning fee: $20 per one-hour session.
Three in-class workshop sessions. During the residency, the TA will lead three workshops per class during which students will explore, create and reflect in the selected art form.
Master performance. At the end of the workshops, all students will attend a culminating performance by a master performer. Performance fee varies by artist or group.
Financial Aid: Two months before the residency begins, the Executive Director will meet with the teacher to create a fundraising plan to financially support the residency program. Possible funding sources include an Artist Residency grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the PTO, local businesses and corporations, and school district funds.