Arts Education Partnership Grants Available
Application deadline: February 8, 2014
Greene County Council on the Arts is pleased to offer funds for in-school arts programming through our Arts Education grant program. This grant supports the role that cultural organizations and/or individual artists play in engaging K-12 public school students in rich artistic learning experiences. Arts Education (AE) funds are designed to inspire and support arts education projects in K-12 public school classrooms in Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties.
Don’t take our word for the immense value of these programs! Here’s what District Superintendent Maria Suttmeier has to say: “The Budapest field trip via Skype was one of my favorite classroom visits last year. To watch the social, artistic and academic exchanges between students from one of our 3rd grade classrooms to a classroom across the world was very gratifying for me as an administrator. With the assistance of technology and the expertise of John Farrell, our students were engaged in an enriching experience that will last in their memory throughout their lives. They learned about the culture of another place by “going there”. Thank you for always keeping Hudson in mind for such projects! We appreciate all you do to make Hudson a community that never stops learning.”
AE Grant applicants must be a cultural organization or individual artist, not the school. Award funds are paid directly to the artist. The application deadline for Fall (retroactive) and Spring 2013-2014 school year programs is Feb 8, 2014 postmarked or hand-delivered. Applications are available on our website under “Funds & Grants” and generous support is available for all potential applicants from our Director of Community Arts & Arts Education Grants. For application: AE Regrant GUIDELINES & APPLICATION 13-14.
Regrant funds are directed to cultural organizations and/or artists who work in partnership with public schools. Regrant projects must focus on the exploration of art and the artistic process. Projects must take place in schools and center on the development and implementation of sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on learning sessions with a core group of students.
Arts Education regrants will fund a maximum of 50% of the project’s total cash expenses and should include costs for project evaluation and documentation. Regrant funds must not replace, or appear to replace, the role of certified arts teachers in schools. Eligible partnerships must involve a direct collaboration between at least one classroom of K-12 students at a public school in Greene, Columbia, or Schoharie county schools. Teaching artists and/or arts organizations must be based in one of these counties. Artists or organizations from outside the 3 counties can apply via a local nonprofit sponsor. Arts Organizations who have applied for and/or received NYSCA funding are not eligible to apply.
A teacher and a core group of students (one or more classes) must be identified who will have sustained contact with the same artist or organization for a minimum of 3 contact sessions. These contact sessions must be separated by at least one day. A double classroom period does not qualify.
Generally, the school partner contributes some cash toward the expenses of the project. The more the school is able to contribute, the higher the proposal may score during panel review. The contribution may be a combination of cash and in-kind resources and can come from PTSO funds, BOCES arts cosers, district professional development funds, fundraisers and other grants.
Last year’s funded projects included Literacy to Life, a dance, music & theater program for EJ Arthur first graders with teaching artist Julie Kabat; The Things We Carry, a writing, music and dance program inspired by Tim O’Brien’s classic work about the Vietnam War with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Germantown High School; Honoring the Emancipation, music and US/African-American History with Kim & Reggie Harris at Middleburgh High School, and many other extraordinary projects.
For Applications/Information, contact Colette Lemmon, Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414. 518-943-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For application: AE Regrant GUIDELINES & APPLICATION 13-14. This Arts Education grant program is funded and supported by the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, with additional support through the Stewarts Shops.