Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education

Grants to Maine Teachers in Penobscot and Washington
Counties for Arts in the Classroom Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 175443
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Maine Community Foundation


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Grants of up to $1,000 each to Maine third through fifth-grade teachers to bring arts into the public schools in Washington and Penobscot counties. Funding is intended to support teachers working together with professional artists to bring the arts into the classroom, and to integrate a variety of art forms into the standard curriculum.

Teachers will work with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media, theater arts, music, dance, and creative writing. The teacher and teaching artists will work together to design a program in which teachers and students will learn through participating in an eligible art form. The artist will also work with the teachers to develop a unit that will incorporate the arts in a meaningful way, helping the school to meet the Maine Learning Results for Visual and/or Performing Arts.

The Minsky Fund challenges classroom teachers to explore innovative approaches to meet the following basic guidelines:

• The teaching artist(s) work(s) with all the students in the grade(s) participating in the project

• The teaching artist(s) work(s) with all the participating teachers to explore the integration of the arts into the standard curriculum. If agreed upon by the artist and teachers, other interested faculty may also participate.

Up to six grants will be awarded.

Up to $1,000

The funds should be expended within the current academic year unless an extension is given by the Maine Community Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements:

All public school teachers for grades three through five in Washington County and Penobscot County are eligible for consideration. Although not required, teachers of the three grades are encouraged to work collaboratively to present one arts education unit, and elementary schools with enrollments of 100 or fewer students are encouraged to present one arts education unit for the school.

If there is an arts teacher in a related field on staff, that teacher should participate in the design and implementation of the project.

At least 75% of the funds awarded should be budgeted to the teaching artist’s fees.

Applications will be accepted beginning in September and until December 15. All decisions will be announced in early January and awards will be mailed in mid-January. Applicants will receive notice of receipt of the application and of the committee's final decision.

The application process involves a simple two-page project proposal, which addresses the following: anticipated benefits; timeline and milestones; possible barriers; and a use-of-funds budget. To further simplify the process, application submission and much of the communication will be completed by email.

Possible Resources for Artist Referrals:

Classroom teachers who have ideas about possible arts education units and need assistance in connecting with appropriate professional artists, please consider talking with the following:

- Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission (
- PK-12 Teaching Artist Roster (
- Susan Potters, Maine Alliance for Arts Education (

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted via email to and must be received by December 15 to be considered for funding.

Penobscot and Washington counties

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