NEA funding guidelines, webinar, & content for arts education
A new update on arts education from the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce
application guidelines are available in Arts Education
Art Works deadlines are March and August 2013
Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes with at least three years of programming history in order to apply.
Grant Opportunity: Art Works
The NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged.
In Art Works: Arts Education the NEA 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.
Project types may include, but are not limited to:
- Projects that include arts instruction for youth, generally between ages 5 and 18, that result in increased knowledge and skills in the arts.
· Arts education professional development for teachers, teaching artists, and other education providers.
For both arts instruction and professional development, the NEA is particularly interested in:
- Projects that include long-term, in-depth partnerships with other organizations to provide arts instruction to students.
- Projects that explore ways to integrate arts learning in other content areas.
- Projects that incorporate digital learning in the arts or media literacy in the arts.
- Projects for youth that highlight the role arts learning plays in supporting livable communities.
- Projects that explore new models for engaging youth with the arts, or that keep arts education providers abreast of the latest advances in both art forms and teaching practices.
For professional development projects, the NEA is particularly interested in projects that:
· Build capacity of educators or community leaders to better understand arts education and their role.
· Build capacity of educators and community leaders to use data to make decisions
· Include training in how to design, implement and utilize high quality assessment of student learning in the arts.
Visit the Art Works: Arts Education guidelines on our website for more information.
Webinar for potential Art Works applicants
The NEA will present a webinar for arts education applicants covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, discipline-specific details, and advice on preparing a strong application. There will be time set aside for a Q&A with the staff. The webinar will take place on February 12, 2013 from 1:00–2:00 PM EST. To join the webinar, go here.
A sample of recent arts education Art Works grants
· To support Baltimore Speaks Out!, a media arts project where middle school students learn how to create and showcase their own videos. Housed in the public library, the project integrates technical skill building with an examination of issues important to youth, making for a creative learning environment in which youth investigate images, ideas, and issues in new ways. ($25,000).
· To support the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education's Arts Education Program Design Seminar, which will provide professional development for a network of teaching artists and classroom teachers to build skills in designing, implementing, and assessing arts-integrated teaching and learning ($78,000).
· To support the Heart of Los Angeles's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, an after-school music program for students where professional artists will lead students in ensemble and orchestra rehearsals, musicianship, and singing classes ($50,000).
· To support the Native American Composer Apprentice Project at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival in Grand Canyon, Arizona. Students from eight Navajo and Hopi Reservation schools and Salt River High School will study one-on-one with a composer-in-residence for up to four weeks and create original work that will be performed by the ETHEL and Catalyst string quartets. ($35,000)
· To support core-curriculum photography courses for teens through the In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro, Vermont. Teaching artists will provide free photography during eight- to ten-week-long workshops offered in the fall, spring, and summer for a two year period. ($10,000)
To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants, visit the Recent Grants section of the NEA website.
Deadlines for Art Works
There are two deadlines for arts education Art Works grant applications:
· March 7, 2013 for community-based projects
· August 8, 2013 for school-based projects
Please feel free to share this information and encourage interested applicants to visit the NEA's website at arts.gov for more information.
Additional opportunity: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities invites applications for its 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Presented in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards recognize the accomplishments of arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs and activities across the country.
Further information, including lists of previous awardees, is available here .
Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
A sample of arts education content from the Art Works blog and weekly podcast series.
· Taking Note: Skills + Knowledge = 21st-Century Competencies—This blog by NEA Director of Research and Analysis Sunil Iyengar is prompted by his reading of the National Academies’ new report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century.
· The Arts Experience Gap—This guest post by Lori Sherman, director of development at the Center for Arts Education, explores the lack of exposure and participation in the arts for students, particularly in those that serve a majority of African American, Hispanic, or immigrant students.
· An Inside Look at Idaho's Arts-Powered Schools Summer Institute—This guest post by Michael Faison, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, provides an overview of this residential summer professional development institute which immerses elementary educators in strategies for teaching in and through the arts.
· Podcast with Bonnie Fogel founder and executive director of Imagination Stage, a multi-disciplinary theater arts organization for young people and their families.
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