leavesrosefrank-307x229Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) is a collaborative program between Vashon Center for
the Arts and the Vashon Island School District. The mission of VAIS is to build upon and enhance curriculum in the arts across subject areas by providing students with enriching and challenging multidisciplinary learning opportunities. VAIS is in its 27th year of successfully supporting comprehensive arts education, serving over 1500 students per year and funding approximately 20 residency projects.

How it Works

Each fall, VISD teachers K-12 are invited to apply for an artist in residence.  The application is released in late September, with a due date in early November.  Teachers are encouraged to work closely with an artist partner in developing the application.  A committee, including staff-members from Vashon Center for the Arts and Vashon Island School District, make funding decisions in early December. Program residencies range from 10-40 hours, taking place between January and May.vais-photo-2-307x229

Artist Roster

The VAIS Roster is a resource for teachers, offering a list of vetted professional artists, residency ideas, and professional background information. Artists wishing to teach through VAIS are invited to apply at any time.

Teaching Artists include: Liz Lewis, Barbara Gustafson, Laurel Boyajian, Ivonne Escobar de Kommer, Christine Juarez, Martha Enson, Ray Pfortner, Mik Kuhlman, Tom Pruiksma, Lelavision, Kajira Wyn Berry, William Jarcho, and Geri Siebert.


The 2016/17 Artists in Schools application is here!  You may download a PDF or a word doc.  Please return completed applications to Kaycie Alanis by November 10, 2016 to the VAIS mailbox in the Chautauqua office, or via email at

You may also mail it to: VAIS, PO Box 576, Vashon, WA 98070

Award notifications will be emailed in early December.

Contact Kaycie at 206-408-7800 with any questions.

Printable Application  |  Online Application

For more information about how to get involved with VAIS, please contact Program Manager Kaycie Alanis at

The National Endowment for the Arts has nationally recognized VAIS as a model for integrated arts education. Funding for VAIS is provided by Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, Vashon Island School District, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon Partners in Education (PIE), Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), and private donors.