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.

November 16, 2017 by Monica

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) introduces several new funding streams that states and districts can use to improve schools, including 12 that could be used to support arts integration. But in order to access those funding streams, education agencies must cite evidence demonstrating that the efforts they propose can, in fact, improve student achievement.

October 12, 2017 by admin
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October 4, 2017 by Monica

The Wallace Foundation has published a case study examining efforts to introduce high-quality after school art programs at Boys and Girls Clubs in the Midwest:

May 10, 2017 by Monica

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law on December 10, 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which funds Title I, Title II, and Title IV, etc. Under ESSA, states and local education agencies can utilize federal education resources to support and enhance arts education funding based on local needs. One key element of ESSA implementation is the development of state accountability plans to be submitted to the US Department of Education (ED).

November 28, 2016 by Monica

This morning, the US Department of Education (ED) released its final regulation on state plans and accountability for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The final rule includes the term “arts” along with “music” among the list of well-rounded education activities/strategies (on page 379). As you remember, we had concerns that in this regulation the term “arts” was not listed among while “music” was listed.

September 26, 2017 by Monica

A tax to fund arts education in Portland, Oregon has recently come up against legal and administrative challenges, as reported by Artsy:

September 5, 2017 by Monica

Music celebrity Chance the Rapper is partnering with arts education advocacy group Ingenuity to fund arts education in response to budget cuts in Chicago Public Schools. ABC reports:

August 24, 2017 by Monica

The Walton Family Foundation has made a $120 million gift to the University of Arkansas to establish its School of Art with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. A letter from Alice Walton explains:

August 22, 2017 by Monica

The Arts Education Partnership has shared the results of a successful effort to expand the use of Title I funds for arts education in more than 40 schools California. The initiative by the California Alliance for Arts Education has worked “to support schools and districts in embracing the arts among their strategies for achieving Title I goals and realizing the benefits of arts education for students evidenced in arts education research.”

Read more from Arts Education Partnership.

August 18, 2017 by Monica

From The Washington Post:

The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and the broader arts and entertainment community and said in a letter to Trump that “Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”