Visiting Artist Program

Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program (VAP) enhances accessibility to arts education by pairing artists or organizations with undeserved communities located in the counties of Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White. Through generous support from The McAllister Foundation, the program provides engaging instruction for students in grades K-12. Artists and organizations working in all disciplines of the visual and performing arts are invited to apply during each program cycle. The current focus of the program is providing arts experiences to students in rural areas.

The goals of the program are:

  • To increase access to quality arts instruction for youths in grades K-12.
  • To develop relationships between artists, young people, and communities in the region.
  • To elevate the relevancy of art making in its diverse forms.

Artists and organizations work with host sites to present a workshop or series of classes. Currently, the program provides up to $2,500 per project for artist fees and supplies. In addition to providing funding for VAP programs, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation acts as a facilitator by pairing artists and host sites, helping craft customized programming, and aiding in program outreach.

Teaching artists work in partnership with host sites to develop and deliver a series of workshops or classes that teach creative skills. Successful projects funded by the Visiting Artist Program are:

  • Designed to develop students’ technical skills and creative capacities including imagination, critical thinking, and self-esteem;
  • Created through collaboration between teaching artists, the host site, and the surrounding community; and
  • Supportive of learners with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Host-site applicants must be located in Region 4 and either a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or school corporation. Workshop sites must be open and accessible to the public.


Host site proposals will be evaluated on their demonstration of:

  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Experience with public programming
  • Experience in working with students in grades K-12
  • Number of individuals served
  • Engagement with underserved populations

For More Information

Contact the Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s Chief Operating Officer at (765) 423-2787 or