For 2021/22 AIRS is running 14 full year studio residencies, one as a media arts studio, plus one pilot residency, in a total of 16 elementary schools in the Vancouver School District. These residencies engage students in diverse projects and explorations that encompasses a multiplicity of different mediums and concepts.
Full Year Studio Residencies
Artists work one day a week over the course of 24-30 weeks/day sessions over the year with students across the whole school.
Founding and Established Studio Residencies:
Full year ECUAD/AIRS Studio Residency
A full year residency for community engaged art practice at Mount Pleasant Elementary sponsored in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design open to Emily Carr graduates.
Full year Media Arts Residency
Artists work one day a week with multiple intermediate classes for 24 weeks with a focus on media arts.
Pilot Studio Residency
Artists work one day a week with 2 or 3 classes for 6 weeks with a focus on Ceramics.
A 6 week mentorship opportunity at the inaugural AIRS Art and Discovery Studio at Florence Nightingale Elementary with AIRS artist Rebbeca Heyl for professional and emerging artists wanting to expand their community engaged art experience into schools.
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.
PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm - Musqueam (pronounced Mus-kwee-um) Sḵwxwú7mesh - Squamish Nation (pronounced Skwa-mish) səlilwətaɬ - Tsleil-Waututh (pronounced Slay-wah-tuth) Please do not capitalize x in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm & s in səlilwətaɬ Do capitalize S in Skwxwú7mesh *The above has been shared by Chas Desjarlais- District Principal of Indigenous Education.