The Humanities Project Overview

The Humanities Project is Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) artist-in-the-schools program. The Humanities Project places artists for assemblies, workshops and residencies throughout the year in each school. Programs include the Performing Arts, Heritage Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts.


If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply. Only online applications will be accepted.

  • Performing Arts – Programs make excellent assemblies and are often extended into workshops and sometimes residencies.
  • Heritage Arts – Programs that celebrate the rich heritage of folk and traditional arts.
  • Visual Arts – Artists usually work with smaller groups of students in workshop or residency settings.
  • Literary Arts – The Humanities Project works with several poets who provide residencies to Arlington Schools. We also partner with The Cultural Affairs Division in Arlington to provide a program called Pick-a-Poet bringing local published poets into the classroom for writing exercises.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. Applications received after May 1st will be considered for the 2020-21 school year.

Artist Directory

The 21-22 Humanities Directory (pdf) lists all participating artists and offers a brief description of their project for the schools, along with contact information.


Arlington Public Schools has several partnerships with area arts and cultural organizations – The Kennedy Center, Arlington Cultural Affairs, Signature Theatre, Arlington Independent Media, Arlington Artist Alliance.

For more information please contact the Humanities Coordinator at