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Bluemont at Your School
Costs and Affordability Policies
How to Use the AIE Online Directory
SOL Connections
Planning a Program
Preparing for a Program
School Closings
Evaluating a Program
Requesting a Printed AIE Directory


Bluemont at Your School
This website showcases the highest quality cultural and environmental education programs for schools and the community. It contains more than 70 Artist-In-Education profiles designed to suggest ways to enhance the learning experience in specific curriculum areas and at specific grade levels at your school.

Bluemont Artists-In-Education can come to your school for a half day or longer, can present small or large assembly programs, lead classroom or small group workshops, and present teacher in-service programs. We want to work with you to broaden the educational horizons of our students, our professional educators, our schools, and our communities.

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Costs and Affordability Policies
Bluemont's policy is to provide to our community schools the highest quality cultural and environmental education programs at affordable costs. To this end, schools pay only the cost of the artist's performance fees for any Bluemont Artist-In-Education program. No administrative costs are added to schools in our primary focus area. Our substantial overhead expenses are paid out of our general fund.

Program costs can be reduced by shared residencies arranged by Bluemont for participating schools. We want quality programs to be available to your school and are ready to discuss how we can help stretch your school or PTA/O dollars. In addition, Bluemont has developed an Artist-In-Education Fee Assistance Program of matching financial support for our community schools, supported by a partnership of public-private organizations.

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How to Use The AIE Online Directory
The Bluemont AIE website allows schools to search for familiar and/or to research new artists.   Click on Performer List for a list of all Bluemont artists and then on an artist's name to see a detailed program description, subject areas covered, SOL Connections, fees, and technical information such as grade levels, audience size, and space requirements.

Bluemont's artists cover a wide range of subjects.  Click on Browse by Category  for a choice of dance, environment, wildlife, history, music, poetry, puppetry, storytelling, or theatre arts.  Click on one of these subjects to get a list of artists specific to that category.

Click on Search for AIE Performers to search for an artist by name,  and/or subject, program type, grade level, fee range and SOL.

After you have used the website to make a list of artists and programs of interest, call or email Bluemont to discuss your choices and to schedule dates. 

Telephone:  540-955-8186
Fax:  540-955-8287
Email:  AIE@bluemont.org

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SOL Connections
Each artist description includes a list of standards from the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning. The purpose of the SOL Connections is to help the school determine how a program fits into the curriculum. The information is intended as a guide and does not guarantee compliance with the SOLs.  Note that the listings include SOLs for all programs that an artist does and not every one of the artist’s programs meets all of the SOLs listed on the page. The Bluemont AIE staff can supply information about which SOLs pertain to a given program.

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Planning a Program
After selecting a list of artists, schools should identify several preferred dates for the program, along with preferred performance times. School opening times, bell schedules, kindergarten arrival and departure, lunch periods, and school closing times should be considered. The Bluemont AIE staff will use this information to work with the artist to arrange a date and time for the performance. After the arrangements are confirmed with the school and the artist, the school will receive a contract to be signed and returned to Bluemont. It is our goal to provide to schools, when available, Teacher/Curriculum Guides for programs.

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Preparing for a Program
Before the day of the program, the school should assign one or two persons to be responsible for providing assistance to the artist with unloading, finding his or her way through the building, and loading at the end of the presentation. Depending upon the nature of the program, this assistance may be provided by custodians, administrative or instructional staff, or parent or student volunteers.

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School Closings
Inclement weather or other conditions may result in school delays and/or cancellations. Bluemont's AIE staff will provide a clear plan for communicating the school’s status with the artist as early as possible. This communication usually involves telephone contact initiated by the school by 6:00 a.m.on the day of the scheduled program.  If a scheduled program must be postponed, the AIE staff will work with the school to reschedule the contracted program at the earliest date that is mutually acceptable to the artist and the school.

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Evaluating a Program
After the performance, Bluemont asks that school staff complete a form evaluating the program as it was presented at the school. The school’s participation in this function is important! Performance evaluation forms are reviewed and maintained for each artist recommended by the AIE Program. The feedback from these forms helps the AIE Program assess the appropriateness of each program for schools like yours.

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Requesting a Printed AIE Directory
You can request a printed copy of the AIE Directory by email here, or you can call the Bluemont office at (540) 955-8186.

Last updated on: September 26, 2012