STARS Residencies (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provide grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
STARS Residencies recognize the vital role that creative learning in the arts, sciences, and humanities plays in the successful education of young people. The arts, sciences, and humanities provide students with much-needed opportunities to uncover hidden talents, discover and express their own ideas, build confidence, explore the natural world, and understand their place in history and the community. For many students, this creative learning inspires them to come to school and stay in school. Cultural partners – teaching artists, scientists, scholars, and cultural organizations – help schools bring creative learning to students, both in and outside the classroom.
The STARS Residencies application for the 2018-19 school year will open at 4pm (ET) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
We encourage you to submit your online application as quickly as possible after it opens. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted, as long as funds last. Schools may submit only one application for one residency per school year. Applications are reviewed within five weeks of submission.
Review the Guidelines below and FAQs.
Create an organizational profile for the school before October 10 to be able to access the online application.
You will need an Organizational Profile – not an Individual Profile – to access the online application. (Please note: Usernames/Passwords created for previously-submitted STARS applications can be used.)
NOTE: Residencies may not start before November 12, 2018.
Questions? Contact Diane Daily at 617-858-2709.
Program Guidelines for 2018-2019 School Year
The STARS Residencies online application for the 2018-19 school year opens at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
NOTE: Residencies may not start before November 12, 2018.
STARS Residencies gives grants of $500-$5,000 to schools for residencies with cultural partners — teaching artists, scientists, and scholars. Cultural partners work with each group of students on at least three days. Residencies take place during the school year.
- Any Massachusetts school (public, charter, parochial, or independent) serving grades K-12 can apply.
- Each school may submit only one STARS application per school year.
- Each application must be for only one residency.
- School-based afterschool programs may receive a grant; however, the host school must submit the application on behalf of the afterschool program. The grant to the afterschool program counts as the school’s one grant for the school year.
- Schools that did not submit a Final Report for a previous STARS Residencies grant cannot apply.
To be eligible for funding, the residency must:
- Involve a cultural partner – a teaching artist, scientist, and/or scholar.
Note: The cultural partner is the artist, scientist, or scholar leading the residency – not the organization for which they work (if any).
- Focus on the arts, interpretive sciences, and/or humanities.
- Start no earlier than November 12, 2018 and finish by the end of the school year.
- Have each artist, scientist, or scholar work with each group of students for at least three sessions over three days. One session is 40-60 minutes contact time with the students.
Note: We encourage you to design a residency that is as in-depth and meaningful for your students as possible. While there is a limit on the grant amount so we can fund more schools, there is no limit on how long your residency can be.
- Include a culminating event if the residency is a total of five days or more in the school (see more on “Culminating Events” below.)
- Have the approvals of the school principal and cultural partner(s) at the time of application.
Residencies that do not meet all the eligibility criteria listed above will not be reviewed.
Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed based on:
- The strength of the learning objectives.
- The appropriateness of the residency activities to achieve those objectives.
Note: Only information submitted in the online application will be reviewed. We will not review additional information.
Cultural Partners: Your cultural partner is the artist, scientist, or scholar who leads the residency (not their organization.) You may work with any cultural partner you choose. Be sure to choose a cultural partner with the right experience and expertise for your learning objectives. If you have not worked with the cultural partner before, ask for a resume and references from previous residencies.
Many schools find their cultural partners from recommendations from colleagues in other schools. Also, you can find listings of cultural partners on www.CreativeGround.org.
We encourage schools and cultural partners to sign a contract for the residency work. This helps both parties understand what is expected and agreed-upon before the residency begins.
Multiple Cultural Partners: If your residency involves more than one cultural partner, they must work on the same project with the same students. Every cultural partner must meet the three-day minimum with all students. Be sure your application narrative makes this clear. You should also describe how the cultural partners will plan together both before and during the residency.
Multiple Grades: If your residency involves more than one grade, it must be one residency. All grades must work on the same, unifying theme. They all must explore the same content, adjusted for grade level. For residencies of five days or more, all grades must be part of the same culminating event whenever possible. If this is logistically impossible, then the culminating events must be clearly connected.
Location: The residency can take place either at the school and/or at the cultural partner’s site (for example, at an artist’s studio or a museum.) The residency also can take place afterschool. Afterschool programs must apply through the host school.
Culminating Events: Culminating events – such as exhibits or performances of student work – are important for students to share their learning with other students, teachers, parents, and the community. Culminating events also help the community understand the value of creative learning.
Residencies that total five days or more must include a culminating event. All students must be involved in the same culminating event whenever possible. If this is logistically impossible, then the culminating events must be clearly connected. Culminating events must be open to parents, teachers, students, and others in the school community.
Creative Youth Development Principles
Creative Youth Development is a practice that fosters active, creative expression in the arts, sciences and humanities while developing core social, emotional, and life skills for youth of all ages. Creative Youth Development approaches young people as active agents of their own change, with strengths and skills to be developed and nurtured. The goal is for culture to play a major role in the growth of creative, productive, and independent-minded citizens.
These six Creative Youth Development principles have been shown over 20 plus years to be essential:
- Provide safe and healthy spaces for youth
- Be assets-based: focus on the strengths of young people, not their deficits
- Foster positive relationships and social skills
- Be youth driven
- Set high expectations for learning and growth
- Address the broader context in which young people operate: “it takes a village.”
While school residencies have class time limits, teachers and cultural partners can still use the principles of Creative Youth Development in their residency.
Application Deadline and Review
The online application opens at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and closes when the demand for funds exceeds the funding available. Applications are reviewed on a “first-received, first-reviewed” basis within five weeks of submission.
There is a sample application (PDF) on our website. Pay close attention to the character count limits on the narrative sections. The count includes spaces!
Be sure to prepare your application content before the application opens. Then cut and paste your text into the online form when it opens.
Applications are reviewed on a “first-received, first-reviewed” basis within five weeks of submission.
July – Sept: Create an online Organization Profile for your School. Prepare your application content (see sample application). If you need residency and application counseling, contact Program Manager Diane Daily.
Oct 10, 4pm: The Online Application Opens. The application closes when demand for funds exceeds the funding available.
Oct 10 – Nov 9: Mass Cultural Council reviews applications on a “first-received, first reviewed” basis. Funding decisions are emailed to applicants.
Nov 12, 2018: Residencies may begin.
June 30, 2019: Residencies must end.
July 15, 2019: Deadline for Final Reports.