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AAE provides annual professional artist residencies to each of Brunswick's elementary school classes. Typically, every grade gets their own residency. Each class in all of the kindergarten - 5th grade classes enjoys multiple sessions with their artist.


Call to Artists 2021

Arts Are Elementary is pleased to announce our 2021 Call to Artists requesting proposals for professional artist residencies for Brunswick's public elementary schools during the 2021-2022 academic year.


The Call lists each grade, subject matter, media, timeframe, and stipend. 


Submissions are due by April 1, 2021, 11:59 pm and should be sent to Jenn Burns Gray, Executive Director at


Questions may be directed to Jenn at that same email or 207-798-2900.


Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages in total, additional images may be supplied.  See the district curriculum links embedded for more information.


Note: Several of our grades have requested that this year’s artist return so we have removed those grades from this year’s Call.



There are 2 elementary schools in Brunswick:

  • Kate Furbish Elementary School

    • 8 classes of pre-kindergarden - 15 children in each class (classes meet ½ days) (see note below)

  • 10 classes of kindergarten - approx. 20 children in each class (may go up to 11 classes with approx. 19 students each)

  • 7 classes of 1st grade - approx. 20 children in each class

  • 4 classes of mixed 1st and 2nd (multi-age) grade - approx. 20 children in each class

  • Note: The multi age classes alternate using a 1st grade or a 2nd grade curriculum. The 2021-2022 school year will be a 1st grade curriculum year for them.

  • 7 classes of 2nd grade - approx. 22 children in each class

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe 

    • 8 classes of 5th grade - approx. 21 children in each class

General residencies information

  • The residencies are usually 2-4 sessions for each class, with each session being 45 minutes - 1 hour long.

  • Note regarding pre-k: We are looking for one session for each class, each being 30 to 45 minutes long, to occur in the spring.

  • An artist is often able to fit 3 or less often, 4 sessions into a day with a short break in between each session.

  • The classroom teacher will be present for all the sessions

  • Residencies will not start before 9 am and the last one will finish by 3 pm at the latest.

  • There will be a break in the middle of the day when the children are at lunch and recess, so often there will be 2 sessions in the morning, followed by a break of an hour or more and then one or possibly 2 sessions in the afternoon.


Grade Specifics


  • Pre-K for ME Subject Matter:

    • Family

    • Friends

    • Water and Wind

    • World of Color

    • Shadows and Reflections

    • Things that Grow! 

    • Link to curriculum

    • Note:: This is pretty flexible so proposal does not need to specifically tie to curriculum

  • Media:

    • Visual - seeking a “hands on” experience

    • Artist’s Choice

  • Stipend: up to $1,000

1st Grade/Multi-age


2nd Grade


5th Grade

  • Subject Matter: 

    • Colonization and Wabanaki Art and Culture. Artist to either visit with classes leading up to Colonial Day in June and/or participate in Colonial Day. 

    • Curriculum link: Colonization 

    • Colonial Day in June is the culmination of the Colonization and Revolutionary War units and encompasses everything from daily chores, to colonial crafts, woodworking, and farming. Students prepare projects to present, and attend workshops on various aspects of colonial life. The teacher team is looking to provide the students with a Wabanaki perspective on colonization utilizing art as a vehicle.

  • Media: 

    • Flexible

  • Timing: Either Colonial Day which is in June or the weeks leading up to Colonial Day

  • Stipend: up to $3,000