Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects
Projects funded under Arts Education actively involve youth in standards-based learning activities that: require a substantial and sustained investment of time; have significant curricular impact; and involve sequential and comprehensive arts learning. Projects must offer each of the three educational components of “experience, create, and assess” as defined in the Arts Education description. If one or more of these components is not germane to the project, or if the target audience is intergenerational, then the organization should consider submitting its application directly to one of the artistic disciplines rather than to Arts Education.
Applications for projects for youth where the focus is exposure to or appreciation of the arts -- whether activities take place in school, after school, during the summer, or in community settings -- should be submitted directly to the appropriate artistic discipline in the Art Works category. Such projects may include performances by or exhibitions of professional artists. Arts events may be accompanied by ancillary learning activities (e.g., study guides for teachers and students, artists’ visits prior to or following the event, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, or master classes).
Please contact Arts Endowment staff if you have questions.
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