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NEA Grants for Arts Projects: ARTS EDUCATION: Art Works

From NEA Grants for Arts Projects: ARTS EDUCATION: Art Works

School-Based Projects
August 11, 2011, Application Deadline
June 1, 2012, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

School-based projects are directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program. Activities may take place in or outside of the school building at any time of the day. This includes after-school and summer enrichment programs that are formally connected to school curricula. Projects must be based on a curriculum that aligns with national or state arts education standards and include assessment of participant learning.

Learning project types may include, but are not limited to:

  •     School-based arts education activities for children and youth pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in the arts consistent with national or state arts education standards. Projects should engage children and youth over an extended period to increase their proficiency in and understanding of an artistic discipline, genre, or form.
  •     School-based arts education professional development activities for teachers, teaching artists, and other educators that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills necessary to engage children and youth in school-based arts learning, consistent with national or state education standards.
  •     Projects that explore ways to integrate school-based arts learning in other subjects.
  •     Projects that provide rigorous, challenging school-based summer arts education that enables children and youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as continued learning in the arts.
  •     Innovative school-based projects that explore new models for engaging children and youth with the arts, or that keep arts education providers abreast of the latest advances in both art forms and teaching practices.

For more information about the Art Works Grant, visit the NEA’s website. Need help with your application? Contact Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246 or



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.