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AIRS is made possible through the financial commitment of our ongoing partners. These partners share a deep commitment to the value of authentic art education for elementary children in their formative years as a fundamental right within public education. Together we are bringing the transformative power of the arts back into public education.
AIRS financial partners sponsor a studio residency in part or in whole for a particular Vancouver neighbourhood school. This ensures continuity of access to the visual arts at the school for one or more years.
Our ongoing collaborative research with teachers reveals that students participating in the AIRS program over multiple years demonstrate observable growth in terms of confidence of self-expression, creative freedom and resilience. Sustained participation in the arts not only supports the wellbeing of students, enabling them to develop and value their own creative capacities, it also embeds the arts into the very heart of a school community, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusivity within the community through shared creative experience.
*A donation of:
$6,000 supports one community-engaged artist in a five week mentorship residency opportunity
$4,000 supports an 8 week pilot or media arts residency at a Vancouver elementary school
$6,600 supports an extended studio residency of 16 weeks at a Vancouver elementary school
$10,000 support a full year studio residency of 24 weeks in a Vancouver elementary school for students across the whole school
If you would like to become a financial partner with AIRS and support an AIRS studio residency at a school in part or in whole for 2021/22 or interested in finding out more, please contact Celia Jong VSB District Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations, whether large or small are critical in enabling AIRS to continue to provide dynamic and impactful studio residencies in Vancouver elementary schools to empower students to be makers and transformers of their world
If you would like to make a donation to the AIRS program the button below will take you to the VSB donation page.
Please select AIRS from the fund destination drop down menu.
All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt from the Vancouver School Board.
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.