Instant Arts Classroom Funds

What are Instant Arts Classroom Funds?

These funds are granted to teachers to fund arts projects throughout the school year. Teachers can use funds to take their student on a field trip to a cultural event or museum, or bring a teaching artist into the classroom!

The arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts also teach children that there a several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.

Research has also shown impressive benefits of arts education on entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. These programs are even shown to have positive effects on test scores in other areas, specifically math, science, and reading. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in work, and succeed in life.

Arts Quincy is committed to making the arts available to every student. For more information on our Instant Arts Classroom Funds, contact us at 217-222-3432 or

How To Apply

The Instant Arts Classroom Funds program is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, Stillwell Foundation, The Community Foundation, The Tracy Family Foundation, Quincy Service League, Adams Electric Cooperative Penny Power, Sponsor a Classroom Donors, and the business and individual members of Arts Quincy. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 24, 2018.

Instant Arts Classroom Funds Guidelines

Teachers should remember the following guidelines for applying for Instant Arts Classroom Funds:

    • Teachers from any grade level, from any public or parochial school in Adams County are eligible to apply.
    • Requests will be accepted up to a maximum $150 for one trip to a museum, cultural arts event, like a Muddy River Opera or Quincy Community Theatre production, or to host a teaching artist (visual art, music, theatre, dance or humanities) in the classroom.
    • Projects taking place between October 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019 are eligible for funding
    • Up to 1/3 of funds requested can be used for either supplies or transportation. Teachers must provide receipts for these expenses.
    • Multiple teachers can coordinate to utilize funds for programs exceeding the individual maximum of $150.
    • One teacher may apply on behalf of multiple classrooms as long as the individual request does not exceed the maximum of $150. This will count as one grant application for the organizing teacher only.
    • Teachers may apply for one grant per semester, Oct. - Dec. 2018 and Jan. - June 2019.
    • Teachers must have definite dates and program picked before applying for funds.
    • Applications will be accepted through Sept. 24, 2018.
    • Applications may be submitted via email to, hand delivered to the Arts Quincy offices at the Oakley-Lindsay Center or mailed to 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 244.
    • Grants are awarded at the discretion of Arts Quincy based on impact and available funds. Teachers will be notified via email as to the status of their grant application.
    • Funds will be sent out approximately one month prior to the arts event.

    Teachers are asked to fill out our evaluation form after receiving funds. The form should be completed and returned no later than three weeks after the art event. We would also appreciate any pictures from the activity.

    If you have questions regarding this program please contact us by e-mail at or by calling 217-222-3432.

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