Logo for awards to schools for progressive and innovative integration of art into curriculum, Cave Junction, OregonThis may be something that local art organizations and educators can talk about working toward next year. Awards to winners of the contest go up to $7,500 for both public and private schools with emphasis on those that are in under-resourced districts serving students in grades 6-12. Awards are given to model programs in the areas of arts integration with the curriculum, empowering students through the arts, and community engagement through the arts.

Public and private schools serving students in grades 6–12 may apply. The applicant program must have been in place for one year prior to the application date.

Awards are given to model programs in three categories. There are ways that nonprofit art organizations and individual artists could contribute, especially in the third category:

1) Arts Integration

The arts integration award will recognize a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the 6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.

2) Equity Through Arts

This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.

3) Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships

This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or non-profit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national non-profits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.

Closing date: April 18, 2016

Award size: Up to $7,500

More info: see application guidelines

Link to application

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