AIS is a California Arts Council matching grant program designed to support high quality artists in residency in schools for use with class-time, or after school programs. For the past 4 years, a representative of CSAC has written and received this grant and has placed a total of 6 artists and at least ten guest artists in 5 local schools. These residencies bring the arts to school age children and empower classroom teachers to teach the arts, while they employ local artists. The residencies last at least 12 weeks and many times much longer. The Arts Council’s Educational Director serves as the Coordinator of the AIS Grant at the local level.