Artists in the Schools

K-12 Residency Programs

Ordway residencies offer innovative arts education curriculum rooted in Minnesota state education standards and led by nationally acclaimed professional artists for all grades and skill levels. Residency programs provide an invaluable model of arts integration for teachers designed to enhance student’s understanding of art, through personalized arts education experiences.  

Residency Structure: Resident artists, school faculty and Ordway Education staff collaborate to identify both academic and social-emotional learning goals for each classroom. Ordway residencies are individually designed to meet a school’s needs and are supported by Ordway teaching artists and staff through…

  • Professional development for staff: Half day professional development workshop, residency planning meetings, reflection and feedback meetings, full day cross site symposium
  • Professional performances at the Ordway: Residency schools attend multiple Ordway school performances individually selected by the teaching team
  • In-school residency work: Includes 10 sessions with each classroom, guided reflection on performances with Ordway staff, and an optional final sharing event where students perform for the school, parents and local community members

Program Goals:

  • Support and/or introduce specialized arts education in K-12 schools for both students and educators
  • Personalize and contextualize the experience of attending a performance at the Ordway
  • Encourage and facilitate critical thinking about live performance and arts-based instruction
  • Work towards inclusion and equity in arts-based education

Residency Timeline

Early SeptemberResidency application due to the Ordway
Late SeptemberSchool notified of application status
September- Early OctoberProfessional development workshops with staff and artists (4 hours)
school-specific site visit
September- OctoberAt-school planning with teaching artists and Ordway staff for in school residency work (2 Hours)
October - AprilResidency Work:
•up to 10 hours per classroom with students
•up to 6 hours for planning and reflection time for site team with Ordway staff and teaching artists
(including mid-point and final site reflection)
•up to 1 hour final student performance/sharing (optional)
October- MayStudents and faculty attend Ordway school performances
MayFinal reflection for all participating schools (All day professional development event)

Interested? If you are interested in becoming an Ordway Residency school please call our Education Hotline at 651-282-3115 for more information.