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The In-School Artist Residency (ISAR) program expands upon the Concerts In Schools 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 five-session classroom residency begins or culminates with a school-wide presentation by the artist or arts group, often involving the participating classrooms. 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.

Artist Roster  

 Register now! (Priority consideration by October 1)

Number of visits:

The ISAR program consists of six (6) visits.

  • Five (5) back-to-back in-class sessions

  • One (1) 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.


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


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).

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).


Residencies are normally conducted in the regular classroom(s). For residencies requiring a greater amount of floor space or the transporting of large quantities of supplies/instruments, the teaching artist is encouraged to arrange with the partner teacher(s) to work in an alternate space (e.g., cafeteria, gymnasium, multipurpose room).


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, DC; 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' Education Department.

Requirements for Schools:

In order to be considered for this program school must:

  • Have existing performing arts (music, dance, theater) or art program.

  • Prepare before and after the event to enhance student experiences based on our teaching plan and mini lessons plan (*we will provide teaching plans after we received the agreement.)

Step by Step—How to apply:
Step 1: Review the Teaching Artist Roster and make three (3) choices.
Step 2: Go to the In-School Artist Residencies application to make your request.
Step 3: Washington Performing Arts will contact the Teaching Artists and send a confirmation to the school.
Step 4: Artist contacts school to schedule a planning meeting to determine dates and content for the residency.
Step 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, the school will be billed $500.00 per session set. This accounts for the time reserved on a Teaching Artists’ 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 Elisabeth Staal, Education and Community Program Coordinator.