The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to providing leadership in arts education and to enhancing the quality of and access to arts education for our nation’s young people. Youth receive a full education when the arts are studied and practiced as a core academic subject. Arts education plays a pivotal role in helping youth to develop skills necessary for the 21st century workforce--creativity, collaboration and communication, as well as helping the nation improve high school graduation rates, counter the achievement gap in urban and rural communities, and respond to innovations in technology that may transform how and what young people learn.
The Arts Endowment supports projects that provide opportunities for youth, educators, and community leaders to gain in-depth arts education knowledge and skills in the arts. We also are interested in projects that have significant potential to be shared and/or replicated, or are likely to lead to innovation in arts learning, instruction, and assessment.
Funding under Arts Education is available for in-depth, standards-based arts education for youth (generally between ages 5 and 18) in schools or other community-based settings. Projects must provide participatory learning that engages students with accomplished artists and teachers; align with either national or state arts education standards; and include assessments of participant learning. Funding also is available to support professional development opportunities for teaching artists, teachers, school and school district leaders, and community leaders. All projects must include the following elements:
We are committed to rigorous assessment of learning in the arts. High quality assessment of knowledge and skills is critical to improving arts learning and instruction. At the conclusion of the project period of support, Arts Education grantees will be required to describe the assessment methods used to assess learning, and they will be required to submit any tools used to assess learning with their Final Report.
Funding Opportunities in Arts Education
CFDA No. 45.024
Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000. (Deadline: January 14, 2013)
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people may apply for these awards. (Receipt deadline: February 4, 2013)
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