NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Artist-in-School Scheme

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Our Artist-In-School Scheme has been enhanced for 2019! The scheme now offers an expanded scope and an option for a presentation component. 

The Artist-In-School Scheme (AISS) supports sustained partnerships between Singapore Arts Professionals^ and Schools, to co-develop customised arts experiences that deepen students’ engagement in and through the arts.
 

The enhanced AISS offers an expanded scope to enable schools to co-design a range of meaningful arts experiences that focus on working with Arts Professionals^ to achieve any of the following objectives:
 

  • Deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of various art forms
     
  • *new* Develop students’ awareness, skills and understanding of the non-performative aspects of the arts (e.g. choreography, lighting & sound design, arts criticism etc.)
     
  • *new* Support non-arts, educational outcomes by using the arts as a tool / methodology (e.g. Addressing the needs of at-risk children & youth through the Arts; Teaching Character and Citizenship Education through the Arts)
     

*new* Additionally, schools may include a presentation / showcase component as a culmination of their AISS project. Please note that stand-alone presentations / showcases will not be supported.
 

^ Arts Professionals refer to Artists (e.g. musicians, dancers, writers, sculptors etc.) and other professionals (e.g. art critics, light/sound designers etc.) with a practice in the arts industry.

Artist Tang Ling Nah working with students from Raffles Girls' School (Secondary)

For example, the AISS created the opportunity for students to learn drawing from professional artist Tang Ling Nah as part of the school’s General Art Programme at Raffles Girls School (Secondary). In addition, the artist worked with the Special Art Programme and Art & Craft Club students to create a site-specific art installation in the school.

Students from Teck Whye Secondary School at their showcase at the end of the AISS project

In 2015, Teck Whye Secondary School wanted to expand their broad-based arts programme beyond the General Art & Music programme and assembly programme line-up, allowing all students to have the chance to experience the arts in an exciting manner. Since then, through the AISS, the school has collaborated with O School to develop a structured hip-hop dance programme for all their Secondary 2 students. The students picked up foundational dance techniques and simple choreography skills over one semester, culminating into class-based assembly showcases that celebrated their successes in this dance journey. 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Depending on the specific learning needs identified by the schools, the project should provide opportunities for engagement at either:
 

  • Broad-based level (e.g. a cohort of students) and/or
     
  • Targeted level (a group of students in a programme / CCA).
     
  • *new* Targeted student-profile (e.g. at-risk children & youth)
     

AISS projects should:

  • Demonstrate clear alignment with the school’s arts education plans;
     
  • Involve working with a local Arts Professional^ who possesses the relevant expertise and experience in the art form / industry practice and pedagogy;
     
  • Provide 10 contact hours (recommended) with the artist for the same group / cohort of students; and
     
  • Actively involve the school teacher(s), where relevant.
     

^ Arts Professionals refer to Artists (e.g. musicians, dancers, writers, sculptors etc.) and other professionals (e.g. art critics, light/sound designers etc.) with a practice in the arts industry

FUNDING

School Type

Annual Grant Quantum

Percentage Cap

Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Centralised Institutes & ITE Regional Campuses

*new* Up to $15,000 per school per calendar year

*new* Up to 70% of the qualifying cost

Special Education Schools (SPED)

Up to $20,000 per school per calendar year

Up to 90% of the qualifying cost

 

  • The grant amount awarded will be based on the merit of the application submitted.
     
  • Schools may choose to submit multiple project applications, but will be subject to the annual funding quantum per school.
     
  • For successful project applications, schools can tap on the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise part of the remaining AISS project costs not covered by the grant from NAC.
     
  • Priority will be given to schools that demonstrate a trend of high utilisation of the Tote Board Arts Grant, if applicable.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The grant is open to all Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Centralised Institute, ITE Regional Campuses and Special Education schools. Priority will be given to schools that demonstrate a trend of high utilisation of the Tote Board Arts Grant, if applicable.

 

  • With the exception of SPED schools, schools are eligible to apply for the AISS grant for up to a maximum of 3 consecutive calendar years.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please complete the Application Form, and submit the completed form, together other relevant supporting documents to nac_aep@nac.gov.sg before the stipulated deadline.

 

The following are the application cycles:
 

School Type

Application Cycles*

For Primary & Secondary Schools, JCs, Centralised Institute & ITE Colleges

Application Cycle 1:
Apply by 15 January 2019
for programmes beginning after 15 February 2019
 

Application Cycle 2:
Apply by 31 May 2019
for programmes beginning after 1 July 2019

 

* Please note that the application cycle dates will be revised in 2020.

Special Education Schools

Applications can be submitted all year round, at least 1 month before the date of project commencement.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

If the project cost is above S$6,000, schools are required to call for an ITQ, in compliance with financial procedures set out by the Ministry of Finance. This is not applicable to SPED Schools.

 

If you have any clarifications prior to the application, please feel free to get in touch with us.

 

ENQUIRIES

For further queries on this scheme for MOE schools and ITE Regional Campuses, please email Jason Ang at jason_ang@nac.gov.sg.

 

For further queries on this scheme for SPED Schools, please email Liu Yonglun at liu_yonglun@nac.gov.sg.