Arts in Schools (AIS) brings our community’s wealth of arts resources into the classroom. The purpose of AIS is to introduce children to art of every form and instill both an appreciation and an excitement about the arts through the use of in-school demonstrations and applications.
This program was first introduced to the school systems of Gainesville City and Hall County, Georgia in 1980 and was enthusiastically welcomed by students, teachers, parents and the artists. It was sponsored by The Arts Council, Inc. serving Northeast Georgia, with the endorsement of each school system and the approval of school principals.
How Arts in Schools (AIS) Works
The AIS program is available to any school in the Gainesville and Hall County school systems and area private school institutions. To participate, each school identifies someone to serve as their AIS coordinator. These coordinators work with teachers, parents, volunteers, and administrators planning exciting and educational performing, visual & literary arts programs. Many of these programs are presented with a lesson plan that reinforces academic curriculum requirements, which provides students a creative twist to learning.
The AIS coordinator/committee at each school develops a budget for the school year to facilitate the desired enrichment programs. In addition to budget planning, the AIS Coordinator/committee contacts the artists to schedule their performance or presentation and provides any assistance required by the artists.
The Arts Council's Role
The Arts Council subsidizes Arts in Schools with resoures and volunteers in order to help make the program a success each year.
We create an AIS Resource Guide containing a host of arts program ideas and an exhaustive directory of artists available for school programming along with their fees (when available) and contact information. Artists in the AIS Resource Guide include painters, poets, dancers, musicians, actors, mimes, quilters, writers, puppeteers, potters, storytellers and more. Each AIS school receives two complimentary AIS Resource Guides. Additional copies are available for sale. Call The Arts Council at 770-534-2787 for more information about AIS or AIS Resource Guides.
To assist with each school's AIS planning efforts, The Arts Council plans and leads workshops and meetings with AIS coordinators throughout the year.
Like everything we do, Arts in Schools is a program that is made possible by the financial support of our members and community. If you would like to be part of supporting Arts in Schools, click here to become a member of The Arts Council today.