Project Design Lab


How is the teaching artist assigned to our project?

The projects are designed with specific arts disciplines, so you will know what arts discipline(s) your project will involve. We will assign you a teaching artist that aligns with the creative/art making required for you project.

Can our project serve our entire school?

Projects can serve a wide range of student group sizes. Student cohorts are shaped by the goals of your project, and the capacity and size of your project team. Your project could engage your entire school or a sub set of students.

Can an arts teacher be on my team?

Yes. An arts specialists can be team members, but are not required.

What are the expectations for our project's culminating event?

Each project will present a public culminatinge event that demonstrates the students’ and community's learning and creativity. These might include outdoor performances or installations, films, digital media presentations, or any presentation style that best fits your project and can safely be presented during the pandemic. Culminating events will be planned at the Design Lab, with publicity support from the Community Engagement Lab to help get the word out to your community.

Who is responsible for organizing and producing our culminating event?

Your teaching artist will lead that process and help you and your students to take an active role in designing and managing your culminating event. Publicy and production support for installing and managing the culminating event in your community will be provided by Community Engagement Lab staff.

Teams & Teaching Artists

What is the cost to my school for a Design Lab project?

Your school will be responsible for the cost of any materials needed for your project, such as art supplies. We can help shape a project that fits within your materials budget.

Who pays for the teaching artist residency?

Teachin artist fees are paid by the Community Engagement Lab for the time they work with your team at the Design Lab, implementing your project, and during the reflection in October.

What is the registration & payment schedule?

Registration is open until the start of the Design Lab, which will be scheduled after school begins in the fall. Tuition is due by the first day of the Design Lab.

What is the tuition fee to attend the Project Design Lab?

VERMONT TEAMS: $1,650 for three graduate credits, or $1,350 for a certificate of participation. (continuing education credits) OUTSIDE VERMONT TEAMS: $1,500 for three graduate credits, or $1,200 for a certificate of participation (continuing education credits) Discounts are available for teams of four or more. We can help with funding for large teams. If you have a large team, such as an all-school team, we will figure out a tuition fee that reflects the number of teaching artists and staff needed to make your project a success.

Tuition & Expenses

More Questions?

Contact Partnerships Manager Theresa Murray-Clasen



41 Summer St.

Montpelier, VT 05602


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