Arts Education

Grantmakers in the Arts holds arts education as one of its core funding areas. GIA is committed to invigorate funding and support for arts education within federal policy and defend that every student has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

In 2012, GIA formed the Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC), an interest group within GIA, to address identified needs in comprehensive arts education and to strengthen communication and networking among arts education funders. Advised by a committee of Coalition members, GIA engaged the services of Washington, DC-based Penn Hill Group, a firm with education policy expertise and experience working with diverse education groups to research, develop, and promote educational policy strategies.

GIA is extremely proud of our work over the past several years on raising the visibility of the arts in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in its legislative form as well as in the rules and regulations that influence school district decisions, and on securing $250 million per year in funding for the arts in the US Department of Education’s Pre-K grant program.

GIA and Penn Hill Group continue these advocacy efforts around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), guiding GIA members and their grantees in advocating for new or expanded arts programs at their local schools and districts.

September 28, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Initiative will hold a roundtable titled "Connecting the Dots Between Academics, Broadband, and Culture for Communities of Color" on Tuesday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST, that will addresses broadband access, education, and cultural competency.

September 4, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

As arts educator modify their practices in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts collaborated with arts education stakeholders and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations for a reopening resource produced and led by Arts Ed NJ, according to a recent post by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

August 17, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

"Imagine what could be accomplished if the city of Boston and any of the 26 Massachusetts Gateway Cities reinvested the millions of dollars now spent policing schools—often with questionable results—in arts instruction!" write Barbara Wallace Grossman and Jonathan C. Rappaport, in a recent post.

August 7, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The National Endowment for the Arts and Education Commission of the States released a group of resources as part of an initiative to help stakeholders in the arts extract, analyze, and report on data about arts education.

July 27, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

We all know by now how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the educational system. Inevitably, the pandemic has greatly impacted arts education in university-level art programs as some colleges continue to change or revisit their plans for in-person learning, remote classes, a hybrid model, as an article in The Los Angeles Times reports.

May 14, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

As the art-world faces the coronavirus pandemic, over a 1,500 artists, curators, writers, educators, and administrators signed an open letter denouncing the treatment of education workers and other essential staffers whose jobs are currently at risk, as reported recently by ArtForum.

May 13, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The coronavirus pandemic has made all of us shift to online life for school and for work. Shifts to online learning impact arts education as well, turning this moment in "a unique opportunity for students and teachers to develop new strategies for teaching and learning and to reflect and grow as musicians and people.," as the School Band & Orchestra magazine writes.

May 6, 2020 by admin

Mary Dell’Erba and Erika Hawthorne

Reflecting on: What resources are available for arts education organizations seeking immediate relief?

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the many cancellations and shutdowns happening in response to it. Working through a crisis isn’t easy, and we applaud our colleagues for persevering to keep equitable access to arts education a priority as we adapt to a new normal.

May 4, 2020 by admin

On April 27, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a new grant competition which would allow select States to expand access to arts courses in K-12 schools. Applications for the Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Courses Demonstration Grants program must be submitted by June 26. ED has outlined that this competitive grant program will have $6.47 million in total funds and estimates it will award about $2 million per year to 2 to 4 States.

March 27, 2020 by admin

As you may know from one of GIA’s previous webinars, “New Horizons in Arts Education: The Student Support and Academic Enrichment program,” the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program provides key federal resources that can be used by States, school districts, and schools to provide access to and courses in the arts for our nation’s public school students.