Now Accepting Grant Applications to Bolster Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 19, 2016) – Fund for the Arts invites local educators to apply for arts in education grants for the 2016-2017 school year through the EVERY CHILD Arts in Education Initiative. Applications for two EVERY CHILD programs will be accepted online at www.fundforthearts.org/everychild.
“Fund for the Arts is committed to inspiring our students through the power of the arts, and developing an innovative, educated workforce,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO of Fund for the Arts. “We know that when students have high participation in the arts, they learn essential 21st century skills–creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.”
“The EVERY CHILD Arts in Education initiative offers students the chance to experience the arts through transformative in-school opportunities and field trips,” said Dr. Donna Hargens, Ed.D., JCPS superintendent and Fund for the Arts board member. “We are excited to work with the Fund for the Arts and the entire arts community to help support the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards and create new learning experiences for our students that coordinate with lessons they are learning in our classrooms.”
The EVERY CHILD Arts in Education Initiative includes two programs:
- 5×5 Program
The goal of the 5×5 (5 by 5) program is to provide a continuum of at least five arts and cultural experiences for JCPS elementary school students by the completion of grade five. Opportunities include field trips and in-school experiences, provided by a range of local arts organizations. Every offering is connected to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s core educational content and complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students in 5×5 schools may apply for a scholarship to participate in a youth arts training program. All JCPS elementary schools are encouraged to apply to be 5×5 schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Priority is given to Title I schools. Application deadlines are July 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016.
- PNC/Fund for the Arts Teacher Arts Grants
Grant applications are also available for the PNC/Fund for the Arts Teacher Arts Grants. Any school in Jefferson County and the surrounding counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana may apply. The PNC/Teacher Arts Grants program facilitates arts-in-education opportunities for students inspiring and engaging their academic studies, and promoting social growth and understanding. Funding priority is given to schools with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch. Application deadlines are July 15, 2016 and September 15, 2016.
In the 2015-2016 school year, through the EVERY Child Arts in Education Initiative, Fund for the Arts delivered curriculum-based arts experiences to more than 60,000 students in 183 schools in the Greater Louisville Region. Last year, 95 percent of teachers and principals reported that the arts experiences offered through the EVERY Child Arts in Education Initiative increased student understanding of arts and humanities curriculum. Annually, Fund for the Arts and its Cultural Partners invest nearly $3.8 million in arts in education experiences.
Arts organizations participating in the EVERY CHILD Arts in Education Initiative include:
Actors Theatre of Louisville, KMAC Museum, Kentucky Opera Association, Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Visual Art, Louisville Youth Choir, Louisville Youth Orchestra, Stage One Family Theatre, Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players, Speed Art Museum, Squallis Puppeteers, River City Drum Corp and Centerstage at the Jewish Community Center.
The Fund for the Arts Every Child Arts in Education Initiative is made possible through the generosity of more than 20,000 donors that contribute to the Fund for the Arts annual campaign each year, with additional support from PNC Bank, Louisville Metro Government, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Your Community Bank and Epic Insurance Solutions, as well as ongoing support from the Barbara Sexton Smith Education Enhancement Fund.
About the Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts-in-education. The Fund for the Arts also hosts power2give.org, an online crowd-funding platform, the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org.