Since 2000 Bunnell Street Arts Center has sponsored an independent Artists in Schools program (AIS) following the model set forth by the Alaska State Council on the Arts (AKSCA). Bunnell’s AIS program places professional artists approved by AKSCA in K–12 classrooms for residencies in all Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) schools.

Artists who wish to join the roster of Teaching Artists to conduct Artist in Schools residencies should plan to attend a Teaching Artists Training Academy in Alaska. For future academies contact Alaska State Council on the Arts.  This training is an Alaska State Council on the Arts requirement of all AIS Teaching Artists.

A school participation fee amounting to half of the program’s cost is required. Bunnell will award programs on a first come, first serve basis as long as funds are available between October 1 and May 1. It is important to make your school’s request early. Previous participation is not a guarantee that an AIS program will be available. Review our AIS Memorandum of Understanding outlining artist, school and presenter expectations for Artist in Schools.

AIS programs are available in Theater, Acting, Filmmaking, Ceramics, Poetry and/or Fiction-writing, Painting, Storytelling, Percussion, Dance, Jewelry, Masks, Printmaking, and Puppetry. See the complete roster of artists for more information about artist instructors.

Bunnell seeks more local artists for its roster. An artist who wishes to join our roster should plan to participate in the Teaching Artists workshops mentioned above. For more information please contact Asia at the address  below. Artists may also apply to be in Alaska’s Talent Bank by visiting AKSCA’s Arts in Education website here.

KPBSD schools may apply to participate in the AIS program by contacting:

Asia Freeman Exectutive/Artistic Director

Bunnell Street Arts Center


Bunnell’s Artist in Schools program is funded school fees and grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Jazzline, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and private donations.



List of Teaching Artists

AIS checklist for Teacher-Liasons

School Application for AIS


AIS Memorandum of Understanding

AIS Final Report Fill-in Form


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