Find out more about the AIRS program and our artist residency and mentorship opportunities in Vancouver Elementary Schools for the New Year. The information session will be held from 7-8pm in the Art and Discovery Studio at Florence Nightingale Elementary School, 2740 Guelph Street, Vancouver.
Applications for AIRS mentorship residencies for 2023 are now being accepted.
Deadline Tuesday November 15, 2022.
AIRS is looking for local professional or emerging artists who have a passion for inspiring and mentoring students through the art making process. Artists should be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers to develop high quality community oriented projects that integrate perceptual and technical skill development with curricular learning. Artists should be committed to cultivating an environment of safety for creative expression that honours the diversity of student experience and acknowledges the importance of indigenous perspectives. Artists must have prior experience working with children and be willing to embrace the relational responsibilities and benefits of becoming part of a school community.
Successful artists will develop a vision for their residency, in consultation with teaching staff, for age appropriate, inquiry-based projects that connect learning across the curriculum and explore ideas or issues that are meaningful and relevant to students and their world. The projects can be conceived as individual or collaborative, permanent or ephemeral, and could encompass a range of visual media depending on the expertise of the artist. The residency should be directed towards the wellbeing of the school community in its diversity, providing opportunities for students to develop technical and perceptual skills, confidence in personal expression, and a deeper understanding of the art making process and its relevance for engaging with one another and the world.
Each residency will include a school-based exhibition, installation or performance to showcase student work and engage the whole school community. Artists will also curate a selection of student work and documentation for an AIRS group exhibition at the Vancouver School Board at the end of the school year.
We have a variety of residency opportunities including a mentorship program, short term studio residencies, and full year residencies which range in length from 5 to 24 weeks.
We offer industry standard compensation in accordance with CARFAC/RAAV.
“The experience the AIRS program had for me was profound. I cannot imagine my life now without the connections and inspiration the program provided. It is truly amazing to witness and be a part of.”
- AIRS artist Holly Clarke
The Artist In Residence Studio program is honoured to be working together on the unceded, unsurrendered and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm|Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh|Squamish & səlilwətaɬ |Tsleil-Waututh people, where we learn, live and work. We humbly acknowledge that we are unlearning and relearning and with this acknowledgement comes the commitment to engage in ongoing acts of reconciliation.