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Re: Artists in Residence: really long post

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 15:49:08 +0000

On a positive? note....(Still catching up to the list here)
I wrote and recieved grants for four years to bring local and regional
artists into our schools. Fortunately the Arizona Commission on the Arts
is more flexible in who you have as your artist. Out of a total of 16
people who participated, I cannot think of one to complain about!
These people often came back to finish work for a second week, even
though we only paid them for one week. I still use many of the ideas and
techniques learned from them. I really feel my students were enriched by
having another person for an art teacher for a short time.
Then for two years the district came up with funds so I did not have to
write grants, just find the artist! Once again, we had great results.
The down side is.... I got tired of all the extra work for so little
money for the grant, and have not done it for a while. I do have artists
asking me if I am going to do it again... guess word got around.
Another thing, I have participated on the panels that select the
artists for the rosters, and also on grants awards panels. I would say
that the majority of the people, in my experience were well qualified,
had good people skills, and gave schools their moneys worth or more.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School