For Artists

What is the Artist in the School Program?

Artist in the School provides high quality, engaging and culturally diverse programming to students across the territory.  There are more than 90 artists and 200 different programs available through our catalogue including workshops in music, dance, visual arts, literary arts, theatre and digital media.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Professional artists* with proven teaching experience in all artistic disciplines are invited to apply. A follow-up interview will be arranged with the Artist in the School Coordinator to review the application and answer any other questions you have about the program.

    * A professional artist is defined as someone who has: a) specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions) b) is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition) c) has proven teaching experience.

How does the program work?

  • Every Yukon school is allocated a certain number of AIS hours to spend working with Artists. The base number of hours is 23 per school, per year and increases depending on school enrollment (2.75 additional hours per 50 students).  
  • Each school has an Artist in the School representative that coordinates how that school spends their AIS hours. Some schools use their AIS hours on one big project involving the whole school, others divide the hours between individual classes. 
  • 20 additional Special Project hours are available to 3 Whitehorse schools and 3 community schools each year on a first come, first served basis.  These hours are meant for projects involving multiple classes/grades.

  • Once an artist is accepted in the program, they are listed in the AIS catalogue which is accessible to all teachers across the Yukon.
  • Interested teachers will contact the artist to discuss dates, times, and availability.  (Please ensure that you clarify both the number of preparation and instructional hours needed for your project when organizing programming with teachers.)
  • When dates have been confirmed between the artist and school, the school will then submit an Artist Request Form to the AIS office with the dates and number of AIS hours needed.

How do Artist Hours and payment work?

  • Artists are paid $50 an hour for both instructional and prep time. 
  • Both instructional and prep time is taken out of the AIS hours allotted per school.
  • Artists are paid directly through the AIS office. An Artist Payment form signed by both the school and the artist needs to be submitted to the AIS office in order for payment to be issued. Please allow 2-3 weeks for payment to be processed.

Does AIS cover travel expenses? 

  • If an artist is booked into a Yukon community school for a minimum of a full day of programming (5 instructional hours) they are eligible for Travel Expenses.
  • Artists are responsible for contacting the AIS office before their workshop to ensure their travel expenses are approved. Artists (not schools) are responsible for submitting any applicable travel receipts.