ABOUT ARTISTS IN RURAL SCHOOLS
For more than 35 years, Art Center East has provided Artists in Rural Schools experiences to K-12 schools across ten counties in Eastern Oregon.
Artists with substantial experience working in arts education or with an arts organization are invited to submit applications to teach as AiRS artists through ACE. AiRS artists travel to schools throughout Eastern Oregon to bring the arts to K-12 students, teachers, school staff, and community members.
Art Center East (ACE) supports partnerships with regional and statewide artists, arts and arts education organizations in order to achieve the following: insure the arts are an integral component of education in Oregon; and promote lifelong learning arts experiences for eastern Oregonians. Art Center East works with professional teaching artists in the Artist in Rural Schools (AiRS) program to promote arts education in a variety of learning environments. The AiRS program is offered to all the schools in Art Center East’s 10- county service area in rural Eastern Oregon. These program offerings are offered in a wide variety of art disciplines: visual (watercolor, cartooning, murals, puppet making), dance, literary arts, theater, and music. Teaching artists are selected for their artistic qualifications and their proven abilities as educators.
PLEASE NOTE: The teaching artist roster for Art Center East’s AiRS program is intended as a resource for K-12 schools within ACE’s 10-county service area in rural Eastern Oregon. Although ACE promotes the AiRS program to schools and other community groups/organizations seeking professional teaching artists to work with their students/community, they cannot guarantee that rostered teaching artists will be offered work.