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In-School Artist Residencies
(PreK-12th grade)

The In-School Artist Residency (ISAR) program expands upon the Concerts In Schools (CIS) experience by engaging individual classrooms over an extended period in arts-learning activities that further connect the art form to the broader core curriculum.

Each classroom residency of up to five sessions begins or culminates with a school-wide presentation by the Teaching Artist. All residencies encourage the Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists and school educators to work together to develop a program that best meets the needs of the students.

We are pleased to offer both In-Person and Virtual ISAR options in the 2021/22 School Year.

Please note: all Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists are fully vaccinated and will make best efforts to accommodate any COVID-19-related procedures required by your school. There will be an opportunity for you to share these requirements in the ISAR request form.



Number of Visits

The virtual ISAR program consists of six (6) visits total.

In-Person ISAR:

  • Five (5) back-to-back in-class sessions
  • One (1) Concerts in Schools presentation (which can happen either before the start of in-class sessions, or at the culmination of the residency)

Virtual ISAR:

  • Three (3) to five (5) 15-30 min sessions with the Teaching Artist
  • One (1) virtual Concerts in Schools presentation (which can happen either before the start of in-class sessions, or at the culmination of the residency)

In-Class Facilitation

Residency sessions are led by one (1) or two (2) Teaching Artists only.


Most residency programs can involve one or two different classrooms. When working with two classrooms, programming will run back-to-back, with the total period for each back-to-back session fitting within a 3-hour time frame. This allows for flexibility of scheduling with the collaborating teacher(s).

Visits should occur approximately once or twice weekly, with the entire residency (including presentation) lasting for about two (2) to five (5) weeks.

Classroom size

Residencies are designed for a typical classroom, which usually contains 20-35 students.


Once the residency is confirmed by Washington Performing Arts, the Teaching Artist schedules the sessions with the partner teacher(s).


Washington Performing Arts offers a limited number of FREE In-School Artist Residencies programs to schools that receive Title One funding, on a first-come, first-served basis in Washington, D.C.; Montgomery or Prince George’s County in Maryland; or Arlington City, Alexandria City, Falls Church City or Fairfax County in Virginia. Schools that do not receive Title One funding or those that have available funds are eligible to apply for In-School Artist Residencies programming on a fee-for-service basis.

For more information and rates, please contact Washington Performing Arts’s Education Team.

Requirements for Schools

In order to be considered for this program school must:

  • Have existing performing arts (music, dance, theater) or art program(s).
  • Agree to participate in collaborative planning with the assigned Teaching Artist(s) to determine the focus of the residency and create plans that work towards mutually defined goals and objectives and fit within the school’s curriculum standards.

Step by Step—How to apply

  1. Review the Teaching Artist Roster and make three (3) choices.
  2. Go to the In-School Artist Residencies application to make your request.
  3. Washington Performing Arts will contact the Teaching Artists and send a confirmation to the school.
  4. Artist contacts school to schedule a planning meeting to determine dates and content for the residency.
  5. The artist will turn in an outline of their residency to Washington Performing Arts.

Cancellation Policy

In the event that the host school cancels a residency session set within 48 hours of the event without consent by Washington Performing Arts, the school will be billed the amount of the Teaching Artist payment. This accounts for the time reserved on a Teaching Artist’s schedule when other employment opportunities could not be booked due to the residency commitment. Cancellations due to inclement weather should be rescheduled as soon as possible. Please notify the Education Associate with any rescheduled dates.

For more information, please contact Washington Performing Arts’s Education Team.