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Summer Educator Micro-Residency Art Program 2016, Photo by Natalie Fiol
Summer Educator Micro-Residency Art Program

June 24–30, 2018

Down deep you're an artist. You've been busy building lesson plans, grading projects, managing classrooms, meeting state guidelines, and nurturing young imaginations—and now it's time to tend to your own creative desires. Registration is now open!

Register Today!

See Photos from the 2017 Program

Educator-artists from a broad range of disciplines live, work, and collaborate to push the boundaries of their practices. Faculty art and design mentors guide resident artists through critiques, offer challenges, make presentations, provide demonstrations, and engage in one-on-one sessions. A public exhibition culminates the experience.

All participants earn three total continuing education units from the University of Illinois. Graduate credit is not available for this program.

Space is limited. The following selection criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Full-time status at a public or private K–12 school
  • Passion for the proposed residency project
  • Compatibility with a faculty mentor

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

Program fee: $500 (includes mentorship, shared studio space, five days/six nights in a single room, and meals)

All art supplies are the responsibility of each artist.

1. Prepare your supporting material, which can be cut and pasted into the application or attached as documents:

  • A brief description of your proposed residency project that outlines the ideas or concepts you'll be exploring, the materials you'll need, and any tools and facilities that your project requires.
  • A brief biography, an indication of the media you specialize in, and links to any online galleries if available.
  • Program Alumni
  • Micro-residency alumni are encouraged to reapply and return. Anyone who has participated for two or more summers is strongly encouraged to apply with a new challenge in mind, either working in a different medium or with a different faculty mentor.

2. Submit the online application with $50 application fee by May 1, 2018. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Once the program is full, a waiting list will be started. Early application is strongly recommended, as we have had a waiting list every year of the program. 

3. Payment of the program fee must be made no later than May 1, 2018. Those admitted after this date will be billed on a rolling basis.

Portfolio 101

Portfolio 101

Download this PowerPoint presentation for ideas on creating effective portfolios and displaying your work for the greatest impact.

Campus Field Trips

Take your high school class on a customized field trip. Visits include portfolio preparation presentations, audition tips, facility tours, and opportunities to meet current students and faculty members. Trips may be tailored to meet your educational goals. 

Customize Your FAA Field Trip

Tour the second-largest museum of fine arts in Illinois. Students typically see four galleries and discuss a work or two in each gallery during the visit. The one-hour tours are designed to strengthen students' ability to examine pieces carefully, think critically about them, and interpret them. Guides provide background on the artists, information about the style and historical time of the works, and context for their creation. See Krannert Art Museum's school tour information for more details. 

Preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students can experience world-class live events during the day at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a premier space for diverse works. The Youth Series features music from favorites such as Dan Zanes and Friends, movement companies including the electrifying Diavolo, full-length plays from Illinois Theatre, puppetry, and interactive shows. Guides for each event with background information about the performers, links to additional reading, and activities are mailed in advance so that teachers can prepare students and make deep connections to classroom work.

FAA representatives visit high schools throughout the fall and spring. Your students can learn about the college or careers in the arts or a special presentation can be created to fit your classroom needs.

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Questions? Contact trantham@illinois.edu