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Vashon Artists in Schools Program Components

Vashon Artists in Schools is intended to enhance and build curriculum in the arts for all learners in Vashon public schools. The primary components of the program are:
  1. Teacher-Initiated Classroom Partnerships that pair local and regional artists with teachers. Collaboratively designed projects are linked to curriculum themes and arts education goals based on Essential Academic Learning Requirements in arts and other subject areas
  2. Artist/Teacher Mentorships & Workshops which provide intensive arts training for teachers
  3. Public Art initiatives that emphasize process-based, collaborative projects for school and community sites
  4. Special Projects dedicated to supporting parent-initiated Ethnic Arts experiences.

VAIS Awards 2013-14 Artist Residencies

The application deadline for 2013-14 school year projects has now passed.

In December, 2013, VAIS awarded $25,091 in project grants for 18 teacher-artist residency partnerships at Chautauqua, McMurray and Vashon High School. The grants cover artists’ fees and materials. 

Congratulations to the following successful teacher applicants: Tara Brenno, Jan Smith, Shannon Browne, Brownie Carver, Judy Pickett, Esther Morrison, Karen Barich, Sarah Hamill, Holly Boyajian, Chris Muller, Nancy Herrington, Samantha Hirman, Geri Wilson, Glenda Berliner, Joleen McCauley, Doug Swan, Mary Heath, Stephanie Detwiler, Tim Heryford, Katie Lewandowski, Julie Jaffee, Colleen Sweeney, Per-Lars Blomgren, Kimberly Davis, Stephen Floyd, Terry Swift, Harrison Levinson and Sarah Powell.

Vashon artists partnering with VISD K-12 teachers during the 2013-14 school year through VAIS include: Liz Lewis, Barbara Gustafson, Laurel Boyajian, Carolyn Candy, Kristen Reitz-Green, Ivonne Escobar de Kommer, Roxy Hathaway, Nancy Scott-Wienker, Christine Juarez, Martha Enson, Ray Pfortner, Mik Kuhlman, Elizabeth Ripley, Tom Pruiksma, Greg McElroy and Ann Leda. 

These artists will work alongside teachers to provide 10-40 hour classroom residencies for nearly 1,500 students in such arts disciplines as painting, printmaking, encaustics, poetry, physical theatre, metalworking, instrumental music, dance, improvisation, basketry, textile arts and ceramics.  In addition to art, music and theater classes, projects also extend across the curriculum in subject areas such as science, math, history and Spanish.




VAIS Artist Roster 
VAIS Artists by Discipline

From the VAIS Roster, teachers can select an artist partner for a 10-40 hour Classroom-Based Residency Project.  VAIS also offers Artist/Teacher Mentorships and Public Art Projects.  The teacher(s) and artist(s) together plan the project and submit the VAIS Project Application.

For more information, please visit the VAA Artist In School Website. 

 Pamela McMahan, Program Coordinator

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Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) is a Vashon Allied Arts program in collaboration with Vashon Island School District.

Additional generous support is provided by National Endowment for the Arts/ArtWorks ♦ ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission ♦ Vashon Partners in Education (PIE) ♦ Vashon PTSA ♦ and individual donations.