Federal Arts in Education Program Seeks Input for 2017 Competition

For fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017), the federal Arts in Education (AIE) Program is preparing a competition for grants in accordance with its authorization under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The AIE Program is accepting comments from stakeholders interested in the new program until Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Please send comments by e-mail to [email protected].

AIE supports nationwide efforts to improve schools in and through the arts as part of a well-rounded education for all students, according to the official blog of the United States Department of Education.

AIE’s grants and technical assistance support a variety of organizations including school districts, nonprofit organizations and other entities in three grant categories: arts in education model development and dissemination (AEMDD), professional development for arts educators (PDAE), and Arts in Education National Program (AENP).

Under Section 4642 of ESSA, Assistance for Arts Education, and Subpart 4 (Academic Enrichment), awards are designed to “promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities through activities such as:

  • Professional development for arts educators, teachers and principals;
  • Development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines; and
  • Community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, local educational agencies, communities or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.”

For more information about the AIE Program, visit this site under the Ed Department’s Office of Innovation & Improvement.

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].