This resource list provides a variety of information for artists, educators, parents, and those interested in exploring various local and state arts organizations. Find details on artist residencies and workshops, sources of funding, and how to apply for grants or scholarships.

NEW! – Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Grant (Available through November 2019)

Artivate is pleased to announce new funding available to Title I schools through a generous Cultural Excellence Grant from Wells Fargo. Qualifying schools in Washington, D.C. and select counties in Maryland (Montgomery County, Prince George’s) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax) will receive funding as a 50/50 match of program fees for a performance program taking place now through November 30, 2019 (travel fee additional; some restrictions apply). Funding will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to schools that qualify – for more information, or to request a program, contact us by email ( or phone (301-588-7525).


Maryland State Arts Council
410-767-6484 (Arts in Education office)

MSAC Arts-in-Education Visiting Performer Program AiE Mini Tag
MSAC Arts-In-Education AiE Mini Tag Visiting Performer funding is available to cover up to 1/3 of the program cost for any Maryland school working with a designated AiE Mini Tag artist. Schools may use this funding three times in a school year. Contact us to request funding for Artivate’s approved AiE Mini Tag artists.

MSAC Artist-in-Residence Program AiR Mini Tag

The MSAC’s Artist in Residence AiR Mini Tag program provides grants to Maryland schools that cover half the cost of a teaching artist residency in a particular school. The school then applies for a grant from the MSAC that covers half the cost of the residency. Browse Artivate’s approved Artist-in-Residence artists and find more information about the grant process on the MSAC’s Artist-in-Residence webpage. Contact us if you are interested in applying for a residency with one of Artivate’s artists.

Funding opportunities may also be available through County Arts Councils in Maryland.


Virginia Commission for the Arts

Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Assistance Grants VCA Mini Tag
Any non-profit Virginia organization (Arts organizations, theatres, Pre K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, nursing homes, service organizations, and units of local government) may apply for The Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Assistance Grants VCA Mini Tag. The grant covers up to 50% of the performance and/or educational program fees of the performers listed in this publication. Contact us if you would like to apply for VCA Mini Tag funding for Artivate VCA Mini Tag eligible artists. Visit the Virginia Commission for the Arts website to find out more about touring assistance grants.

Alexandria Commission for the Arts

The Humanities Project, Arlington Public Schools


Arts Council of Fairfax County

Loudoun Arts Council

District of Columbia

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Other Funding Sources & Resources

The Foundation Center

National Parent Teacher Association

Parent Teacher Organizations