The Arts in Education Program (AIEP) is designed to support artists, arts educators, and organizations that provide high-quality arts and cultural activities to youth in educational settings from kindergarten through high school. These programs or projects may include, but are not limited to; arts instruction, arts integrated learning, artist in residency, in-school performances, field trip experiences, arts integration curriculum development, creative placemaking, as well as professional development for teachers.
Where possible an emphasis should be placed on providing a connection to MSDE standards-based curriculum should be identified to deepen student or staff learning about the subject and experience. The Arts in Education Program will support projects that enhance the learning that is already required curriculum instruction.
Funding is distributed in five categories: School-Based Projects including Virtual Projects, Artist in Residency Projects, Community-Based Projects, Public Art Partnership Projects and Teacher Professional Development. Funds are awarded to artists, arts educators and nonprofits that demonstrate a significant and positive impact on student academic achievement through increased arts and cultural access. For more information, see https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c4be1b09772ae5eba076e59/t/625ef434dd08607bae3217f2/1650390068406/FY2022+Community+Grants+Arts+in+Education+Application.pdf#page=2.
Examples of allowable costs for Arts in Education Programs: