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Arts in Education for Individuals

Current brain research supports what arts educators have witnessed for many years, that “…the arts lay the foundation for later academic and career success. A strong art foundation builds creativity, concentration, problem solving, self-efficacy, coordination, and values attention and self-discipline.” (Eric Jenson, Teaching with the Brain in Mind) Through the Arts in Education Program’s grants, services and initiatives, students pre-K through 12th grade receive a quality education that includes the arts.

Grants for Organizations

These smaller grants offered quarterly may be used to support residencies with roster artists, curriculum and professional development work with a consultant and conference or workshop registration and travel.
Project Grants
This larger funding opportunity may be used for a variety of projects that develop and sustain meaningful arts programs in or for the schools. Examples include, but are not limited to bringing together artists and educators to develop integrated curricula, advocating for arts education, and preparing non-arts teachers to use the arts effectively and imaginatively in all aspects of their engagement with students.
Operating Grants
This program provides operating support for organizations whose primary mission is the strengthening of education in and through the arts.

Opportunities for Artists

Arts Education Demonstrator Roster
This publication is an opportunity for artists and arts educators to work directly with educators and administrators training them to use their arts discipline in a classroom or other setting. Oftentimes, this involves modeling with the students how this is done.

Special Initiatives

Whole Schools Initiative
The Whole Schools Initiative expands regular classroom instruction to include the arts and promotes collaborations between arts and classroom teachers to create arts infused instruction. Currently, Mississippi has 20 schools (more than 15% of all school districts) participating in this model of school reform. Click here to find out more.

Visit the Whole Schools website.