Early Childhood - Healthy Foundations Artist Residencies

“I grew in my knowledge of how to better connect literacy (books especially) directly to process-based art activities for my students.”

Genevieve Sankey, Guadalupe Head Start North, Milwaukee

VSA Wisconsin’s nationally recognized Early Childhood program began in 1992 and serves children ages 3–6. The goals of the program are:

  • Enhance early learning skills through interactive and process-oriented arts activities
  • Promote full student participation in the arts
  • Strengthen early childhood educators' abilities to utilize the arts to support the development of children of all abilities
  • Ensure the value of the arts as an essential learning tool

“This is the third time I have participated in the artist in residency program and would do it again if I had the opportunity. Tiffany did a wonderful job encouraging the children and focusing on the process not the product. All of our children benefitted from her visits and we notice an increase of children choosing to play in the art area during free-choice time.”

Kelly Thomsen, Jefferson County Head Start, Watertown


Led by professional teaching artists, these 10 week programs actively engage children in multi-sensory activities in music, drama, visual art or creative movement. Activities promote creative expression, peer interaction, language development, as well as other early learning skills.

An optional in-service workshop is available to reinforce key strategies used in the residency.

Artist Residency Application Form (Word) or (PDF)

Contact VSA Wisconsin for more information.

Click here to watch a video about an early childhood artist residency with the Madison Metropolitan School District.