Artist in Residence Program

IPUL Arts – Artist in Residence Program

The IPUL Arts residency program has been placing teaching artists in public schools statewide for residencies in visual, performing, literary, and media arts for over  20 years. Residency sites include grades pre-K–12 as well as community centers. Residencies can occur in general or special education classroom and are tailored to meet the needs of students as well as accommodate teaching schedules. Residencies are provided annually throughout the state, and our teaching artists are all experienced in teaching arts with special populations.

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About our Residencies

Residencies can be in visual, performing, literary or media arts disciplines.

  • Teaching artists spend a minimum of 10 hours of direct teaching with students.
  • Curriculum for residencies are a collaborative effort between teacher and artist to meet the specialized needs of the students. The timelines, expectations, and outcomes of residencies must also be discussed, agreed upon, and written into the residency agreement before the residency begins.
  • Residencies must be tied to student curriculum, include twenty first century skills and/or assist with the IEP goals of students.
  • Residencies typically run for a few weeks, working with students one or two days per week, with each session lasting for 1-2 hours. In some cases residencies can be condensed to a shorter format to work best for the artists and teacher.
  • All residencies conclude with a showcase the achievements of students for family, friends and classmates.
  • Artists are paid upon the completion of the residency, including all paperwork and photo submissions.

Benefits to students

The benefits of arts education include creativity, problem solving and collaboration.  Students also gain arts literacy skills through engaging with cultural and historical concepts, and show increases in social skills through creative interaction. Inclusive residencies dissolve barriers between student populations, and maximize student motivation for learning.

State Standards and Twenty First Century skills are embedded in every residency.

Principles of Universal Design for Learning. Why is UDL necessary?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Universal Design for Learning addresses:

The How, The What, and The Why of learning. UDL principles also lend themselves to implementing inclusionary practices in the classroom. To learn more visit:

IPUL Arts provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. Our mission is empowering and engaging people with disabilities in the creative process through opportunities which are fully inclusive, educational, and participatory.