The Arts Education Program (Spark Grant) is offered in two funding strands: K-12 In-School Projects and After-School and Community-based Learning. Funds can support arts education projects that take place in-school during the school day and/or in after-school and community-based settings for youth and/or senior learners. Emphasis is placed on the depth and quality of the creative process through which participants learn through or about the arts. Projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Inter-curricular collaboration for in-school projects is encouraged but not required.
Spark Grants strive to build the capacity of local teaching artists and nonprofit arts organizations while providing K-12 public school students and/or senior learners high-quality artistic learning experiences.
· K-12 projects that address the Common Core Learning Standards will be reviewed favorably.
· Sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 sequential hands-on learning sessions.
· In-depth, age and skills appropriate learning opportunities.
· Hands-on, participatory creation and/or learning opportunities in one or more art forms that may culminate in exhibitions, productions, or demonstrations.
· Stated learning goals, methodologies and outcomes and a means for evaluation.
· Spark Grant funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in schools.
· Support should be primarily directed toward artist fees but may include scholarship support, administrative support and the cost of materials.
· For ALL applicants working in partnership with a Public School:
A letter of commitment from the partner school to the arts organization or artist must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the principal.
· For artists or unincorporated entities working in partnership with a Community-based Organization:
A letter of commitment from the community-based partner to the artist arts organization or unincorporated entity must be included with the application in order to be eligible for funding. The letter of commitment must outline in detail the partner(s) support of the project (monetarily and otherwise) and anticipated roles and responsibilities for each partner involved. The partnership letter should be on the partner(s) letterhead and signed by the director of the partner organization.
It is recommended that support materials include lesson plans, evaluation plan, video/photo work.
WHO MAY APPLY: Nonprofit organizations and individual artists partnering with eligible public schools.
AWARD AMOUNT: $0 - $5000
The Arts Education Grant award will not fund more than 75% of an applicant’s total expenses.
PROJECT PERIOD: January 1 – December 31, 2020