Arts Learning in Schools and In Community

New Mexico Arts offers two grant categories for arts education projects with K-12 school-age children: Arts Learning in Schools and Arts Learning in Community.  Charter schools and 501 (c) (3) private schools and 501 (c) (3) organizations may apply for themselves.  Public schools must apply through the parent-teacher organization if that organization is a 501 (c) (3) or through the school district.

Arts Learning in Schools

Arts Learning in Schools supports a wide range of programs taking place in K-12 schools either during school hours or during after-school programs.  These programs may focus on creative process arts activities, arts activities integrated into other content areas, art history, or arts education professional development.  In school residencies with individual artists are also included in this category (note: applicants for residencies cannot be individuals and the applicant must be a charter school, 501 (c) 3 private school, school district, or 501 (c) 3 organization).  In school projects (including residencies) may be short-term, mid-length, or long-term. Examples of in school projects include:

  • Numerous arts education experiences within one school or within a school district
  • Week or month long activities such as intensive immersion in an art form or an arts specialist teamed with several classroom teachers to create and present a month-long arts integrated program in their school
  • A weekly arts activity integrated into a non-arts classroom for a semester
  • Guest individual artists teamed with certified teachers to create programs that promote learning in and through the arts for schools during school hours or after school
  • Professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and artists

All in school programs should be supplemental to the school’s regular arts education program. They may enhance the school program, such as the school’s basic Elementary Fine Arts Education Program. Projects may take place either during school hours or during after-school programs. The program may include off-campus learning if the participants are teachers with their students. (Note: for K-12 school-age children learning outside of public or private schools see Arts Learning in Community.)

All projects should be aligned with New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks. There should be strong evaluation and assessment components built into the project.

Arts Learning in Schools Eligibility Criteria:

  • Program or residency evaluation can include student artwork, performance appraisals, mapping tools, surveys of students, and other methods.
  • The project or residency must be in alignment with New Mexico State Standards and Benchmarks for the grade level, artistic discipline(s), and, if an arts-integration project, the core content area.
  • The application must include a letter of commitment from the principal(s) stating that s/he is committed to the project and the level at which s/he will participate in and support the project.
  • For residencies: Artistic Samples for residencies should include samples of the resident artist’s work.  If this residency is a continuation from previous years, samples of former participants’ work should also be included.  The school or host organization must provide each artist with space to hold an open studio or community session during the residency.
  • All projects must have a public performance which can include exhibitions, publications, screenings, lectures, or performances.  All public presentations must be open and accessible to the general public.
  • Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
  • Funding must include a 50% match by the applicant organization, at least half of which must be cash.

For information about funding from the Elementary Fine Arts Education Program, contact the Public Education Department Fine Arts Contractor at (505) 827-4278, or visit the FAEA page on the New Mexico PED website.

Arts Learning in Community

Arts Learning in Community supports arts learning for K-12 school-age children outside of a school setting.  These programs focus on creative process arts activities or the development of specific artistic skills and take place in 501 (c) 3 arts organizations.  (Projects that take place in a K-12 public or a private school should apply in Arts Learning in Schools.)

Organizations whose primary purpose is the education of K-12 school-age students should apply in this category. Examples of these organizations include youth symphonies, teen performing arts organizations, visual arts education providers, and dance institutes. Arts organizations whose primary purpose is not the education of K-12 students may apply for support of specific K-12 education programs taking place in their organizations.  (Note: those organizations seeking funding for both youth and adult programs or are only presenting programs to youth should apply in another category.)

Arts Learning in Community programs may be short-term, mid-length, or long-term.  Programs should be of a significant enough duration to show evidence of learning. Examples of in community programs include:

  • Week or month long activities such as intensive immersion in an art form
  • Year-long training in an art form culminating in a public performance
  • Provision of master classes for youth in summer sessions or during after school hours

All programs should be aligned with the education standards in the field and/or the learning objectives of the programs identified community.  There should be strong evaluation and assessment components built into the program.

Arts Learning in Community Eligibility Criteria:

  • The organization must have been providing programs to the public for a minimum of six (6) months prior to the application deadline and must provide at least six (6) months of programming annually.
  • The applicant organization must have an independent governing board or advisory committee to assist with the programs of the organization.
  • Arts Learning in Community funding may be used for arts education program support, artistic and administrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
  • All projects must have a public performance which can include exhibitions, publications, screenings, lectures, or performances.  All public presentations must be open and accessible to the general public.
  • Program evaluation can include student artwork, performance appraisals, mapping tools, surveys of students, and other methods.
  • All programs must be aligned with education standards in the field and/or the learning objectives of the project’s identified community.
  • Applicants for Arts Learning in Community are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
  • Funding for Arts Learning in Community must include a 50% match by the applicant organization, at least half of which must be cash.

Note: Only one application per institution is allowed.