Arts in Education

Posted by on June 13, 2003

Department of Education Announces Arts Education Funding Programs

Deadline: July 10, 2003

Americans for the Arts ( encouraging schools and arts organizations to apply for two arts education grant opportunities offered by the U.S. Department of Education. These grant competitions are designed to encourage partnerships between local education agencies and nonprofit or governmental arts organizations.

The U.S. Department of Education invites applications for the following programs:

Arts in Education Model Development & Dissemination

Grants: Funding to support the development, documentation,evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in (1) integrating arts intothe core elementary and middle school curricula, (2)strengthening arts instruction in these grades, and (3)improving students’ academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Eligible applicants include (1) local educationagencies that work in partnership with state or local public or private arts organizations or with institutions of higher education, and (2) state or local public or private arts organizations that work in partnership with one or more local education agencies and that may partner with state or regional education agencies, institutions of higher education, or other agencies, institutions, and organizations with expertise in the arts.

Professional Development for Arts Educators Grants

Program: Funding for the implementation of high-quality professional development programs in elementary and secondary education. The program will fund model professional development programs for music, dance, drama, and visual arts educators who use innovative instructional methods, especially those linked to scientifically based research. The program will provide resources that local educational agencies (LEA) can use in pursuit of the objectives of the No Child Left Behind Act. Eligible applicants include LEAs working in collaboration with at least one of the following: (1) an institution of higher education, (2) a state educational agency, or (3) a public or private nonprofit agency with a history of providing high-quality professional development services to public schools. Only schools where 75 percent or more of the children served are from low-income families may receive services under this program.

For both programs, applicants are encouraged to notify the Department of Education of their intent to apply no later than June 16.

Summaries of these opportunities and links to the complete program announcements are available at the Americans forthe Arts Web site.

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