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LOUISVILLE, KY (October 7, 2020) – Application for Fund for the Arts’ 5×5 and Teachers Arts Grants (TAG) are now open. The deadline to apply for each of these grants is October 28, 2020.

Kat Abner, Vice President of Community Impact at Fund for the Arts, said, “Arts in education is critically important. We know that students involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. In challenging times such as these, arts in education programs provide students an outlet to creatively explore their experiences with COVID-19 and the social justice movement as well as connect with their peers.

Every year, Fund for the Arts leverages the support of over 15,000 donors to engage students, inspire excellence, and accelerate academic accomplishments.

5×5 grants provide funding to elementary schools to enhance classroom instruction for K–5 students. Programs are directly connected to core learning outcomes and complement what students are learning in the classroom. The goal of 5×5 is that students will participate in 5 arts education experiences by the time they leave 5th grade. Elementary schools in Jefferson County Public Schools and New Albany Floyd County Schools are eligible to apply for 5×5. Teachers can learn more and apply here: https://fundforthearts.org/5×5/.

Teacher Arts Grants provide funding to K-12 teachers and schools to enhance classroom instruction. Programs are directly connected to core learning outcomes and complement what students are learning in the classroom. K-12 schools in Bullitt, Oldham, Jefferson, Shelby, and Spencer Counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana are eligible to apply for TAG. Teachers can learn more and apply here: https://fundforthearts.org/tag/.

5×5 and TAG provider, Joanna Miller of KMAC Museum said, “At KMAC Museum, we are trying to create a wide variety of digital offerings – live, pre-recorded, interactive, with art kits – because everything is so new, we just want to make sure we can fit the needs of individual schools and teachers. It has been so great to work with the other cultural organizations in the area to help provide unique experiences that can educate and also bring joy to students.”

This year, the Fund for the Arts partnered with Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) and the Cultural Consortium to create an online inventory of arts and culture education offerings from the region’s arts and culture institutions. This inventory includes 5×5 and TAG eligible programs as well as a wide selection of other opportunities. The inventory can be found at the 5×5 and TAG webpages as well as on the ACA website.

When asked about the importance of this partnership, Terri Foster, Artistic/Executive Director of Louisville Youth Choir and Chair of the ACA Education Committee, said, “The ACA continues to be the access point for all that Louisville has to offer to our community and region. The efforts of the ACA Education Committee and its Cultural Consortium, in partnership with the Fund for the Arts, have worked to create a comprehensive compilation of arts and culture education programs that makes access for schools and educational programmers easier than ever before.

“Arts, culture, and education continue to be necessary drivers to connect us all in our community and region, and the ACA is thrilled to continue to partner and lead our sector,” says Foster.

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the region’s arts and cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org

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