Changes to the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence Grant Program

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Calling all writers, playwrights, librettists, film and video makers, poets – literary teaching artists of every stripe – do you want to make a difference working with youth in San Francisco?

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant may be right for you.

This $40,000 annual grant, renewable for up to three years, supports literary teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth, literacy-focused workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites.  Sites may include in-school or afterschool classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming.  Teaching artists must jointly apply with a school site or community based organization such as an afterschool program or other program serving youth.

Since the grant guidelines and application were published, the San Francisco Arts Commission has received additional funding, enabling minor – and beneficial – changes to the grant.

What does this mean?

  • The teaching artist’s grant remains at $40,000, but no longer includes responsibility for the costs of a site publication or exhibition.
  • The SFAC will pay up to $5,000 for the teaching artist’s site publication or exhibition showcasing student writing.
  • There is now funding for $4,000 for indirect costs for the school or community based organization that applies jointly with the teaching artists.

Applications are due May 23, 2016.

Click here to learn more about the grant  or contact Program Officer Liz Ozol at  liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.