Residency Planning Information


Schedule artist-in-residency programs at schools, libraries, museums, community centers and other learning centers in Massachusetts.

What is a Residency?

YAMA residency programs consist of multiple, progressive, hands-on arts workshop sessions with up to 30 students/workshop group, building toward a culminating project. Each workshop group has multiple contacts with the artist. Residency planning includes meetings between the artist and the hosting school or learning center to discuss logistics, learning goals and possible curriculum tie-ins.

Note: If time or funding does not allow for multiple visits with each small group of students, some artists will provide introductory residencies in which they offer one workshop each for a whole grade or a whole student body.

Why a Residency?

Residencies provide students with active engagement in the arts.
Professional teaching artists work with classroom teachers to provide skills-based programming that addresses specific student needs and learning objectives.

How Do You Plan?

Scheduling should occur at least one month in advance. This will permit sufficient time to arrange a planning meeting between your chosen artist and participating teachers to determine goals, activities, and outcomes. Residencies culminate in a finished project.

  • A typical residency day consists of three to four classes per day, with 15–25 students per workshop.
  • Each session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
  • Residencies typically last a minimum of five days and can extend for as long as several weeks or months.
  • YAMA programming can be tailored to your school’s curricular objectives and/or as a complement to your community programs and events.
  • In planning, it is helpful to provide YAMA’s Program Coordinator with a scheduling grid showing the weekly availability of participating students.