To support: Writers-in-residence in 15 geographically diverse Idaho schools
and community settings, some as distant as 200 miles from Boise. Resident
writers lead intensive weekly workshops for 28 weeks during the school year,
allowing them to become part of the school and the rural community. Through
publication of an anthology of student writing and a public reading-by students
and the resident writer-the students, teachers, parents and community members
gain access to a vital and engaging experience with the creation and
appreciation of literature. During the residency, teacher-hosts develop skills
at teaching writing and an excitement about writing that are carried forward to
successive classes of students and their parents. We believe our work offers a
national model for serving rural and often remote communities with the highest
quality arts education and access to an exciting personal relationship with
artists and the arts.
Schools serving the highest levels of at risk children, as determined by
eligibility for schoolwide Title 1 funds, are selected as sites for residencies.
We will also place writers into alternative high schools, maternity high
schools, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.
We intend to reach students who have fallen through the cracks in traditional
school settings and offer them an opportunity, through the arts, to succeed to