Teacher Opportunities

ArtConnected Grants for Teachers and Students

ArtConnected works to support visual arts opportunities for students and teachers throughout the year. Do you have a great art-making idea? Would you like to bring an artist to your classroom? Perhaps you are a student artist who needs financial assistance for your Senior Portfolio Submission?

If you think this opportunity applies to you, we encourage you to apply for an ArtConnectED grant to fund innovative and compelling art projects, and create growth opportunities, for students, schools, and communities.


2018 Teacher Recipient:


by Jagoda Borkiewicz

How do we decide what is valuable? How can value and ownership be fair or unfair? Third graders in a self-contained cohort for English Language Learners at Horace Greeley Elementary, a Chicago Public School, created a socially-engaged project protesting injustice. Building on extensive study of native peoples of the Chicago area and the Trail of Tears, students visited the Museum of Contemporary Art to engage in critical dialogue about questions of value and ownership, and explored their own gentrifying neighborhood using photography. They engaged their school community by staging a silent protest, writing letters to school leadership, and interactively presenting their documentation in a public gallery.

Click here to learn more about Jagoda’s project.

2017 Teacher Recipient: "Dolls4Peace"

by Rochele Royster

Our inaugural grant recipient for 2017 was Rochele Royster, whose amazing Dolls4Peace project of community healing through artmaking involved 60+ different schools in Chicago. Supported by Blick Materials and other community organizations, Rochele’s project made a big splash at the Hyde Park Art Center  as part of the “Public School” exhibition.

Check out Rochele’s amazing project here.