About the Program
The Arts Council, in collaboration with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), launched the Artist Residencies in Middle Schools program in the 2014-2015 school year. Fairfax County artists receive training on FCPS curriculum and working with middle school students as well as assistance with the development of interdisciplinary residencies and placement in Fairfax County middle schools.
Visit the Artist Directory to learn about the nine artists as well as their residencies and book them for your middle school.
Students at Whitman Middle School put on their masks for the presentation in the auditorium. Photo Credit: USA Capitol Media
The goals are to provide Fairfax County artists with opportunities to share their expertise through unique arts education programming that supplements the FCPS curriculum and to engage middle school students in cross-curricular learning through the arts. The artists will connect their creative processes, whether through architecture, design, music, new media, film, literature, poetry, theater or visual art, with the core curriculum areas of social studies, language arts, mathematics, and sciences, to enhance students’ skills in creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
There are 2 components:
- Artist Seminar
- Artist Residency
During the seminar the artists develop, with FCPS guidance, exciting, interdisciplinary learning experiences for middle school students. After successful training the artists are matched with a middle school.
This program has been funded in part by Carnival, Dominion Foundation, Jean Schiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts with institutional resources committed by the Arts Council and FCPS.