Young Audiences Arts for Learning and Four YA Affiliates Approved for National Endowment for the Arts Grants Totaling $210,000

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May 15, 2024 |

MAY 15, 2024 – New York, NY – In its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2024, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is pleased to name the organizations with projects approved for federal funding through the agency. Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is included in the funding announcement, along with four affiliates from the National YA Network, for an agency-approved amount totaling $210,000. 


Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA National Office) – New York, NY
Young Audiences Arts for Learning was approved for a $45,000 grant to support professional development for YA network teaching artists. A working group comprised of staff from the National Office and five affiliate organizations will design and offer national training in teaching artist fundamentals. The online training will include foundations of lesson planning and design, student-centered instruction, and healing-centered and culturally relevant approaches to arts-based pedagogy. Participating teaching artists will apply their learning to their in-school residency work, self-assessing their progress using a rubric aligned to the content areas of the training. With their feedback as well as input from additional affiliate staff and teaching artist responders, it’s expected that the training will be further developed and expanded the following year

Arts for Learning Connecticut – Hamden, CT
Arts for Learning Connecticut was approved for $65,000 in funding to support its Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Program through engaging expert consultants, teaching artists, and arts administrators from partner institutions to provide workshops exploring higher order thinking, which includes social-emotional learning and cultural responsive teaching. Training will be tailored to fit each school's specific context and district-directed curriculum, with teaching artists building on the work through school-based residencies. The project will serve elementary, middle, and high schools in urban, suburban, and rural schools throughout Connecticut. 

Arts for Learning Maryland – Baltimore, MD 
Arts for Learning Maryland was approved for $40,000 in funding to support its Principal Fellowship Program, a professional development initiative for school principals designed to help them craft and school arts plan that supports students, teachers, and the learning environment by strengthening arts education. Principals from underserved public schools in Baltimore and Prince George's County, MD will tour Baltimore-based cultural institutions, participate in arts-integrated learning led by master teaching artists, and work with coaches to draft their plans. With support from their coaches, principals will then gather feedback from their school communities to identify barriers as they revise, finalize, and implement their strategies. 

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education – Chicago, IL
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) was approved for a grant of $45,000 in support of an arts-integrated professional development program for teaching and teaching artists in Chicago Public Schools. Through after-school and weekend workshops, participants will study curriculum design, assessment strategies, and multimedia documentation techniques. Over the course of the school year, teams of teachers and artists will hone their skills by co-planning and implementing arts-integrated lessons in the classroom. 

Young Audiences NJ & Eastern PA – Princeton NJ
Young Audiences NJ & Eastern PA was approved for $15,000 in federal funding to support its United We Discover program, aiming to increase positive perceptions of Disabled identities, increase inclusion and equitable educational experiences in schools, and build connected communities.

The above projects fall under the NEA's Grants for Arts Projects funding category, which supports an expansive range of projects across artistic disciplines in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions.

"These awards represent an important investment in our network's capacity to build arts-integrated professional learning opportunities, especially those that promote the well-being of our nation's students and communities," says YA National Executive Director David A. Dik. "We are grateful for the NEA's continued support." 

To find out more about the impact of the National Endowment for the Arts grants, visit the NEA website at Congratulations to all organizations and institutions approved for funding in this award cycle!

Click here to read about the YA network projects included in the NEA's previous FY24 funding announcement.


About Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. We are the nation’s largest arts in education network, comprising local affiliates across the country that collectively impact over 5 million young people and their families each year. The national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network works collaboratively to advance arts in education through advocacy, communications, fundraising, program development, professional learning, and other support. To explore our national network, please visit:  

Lauren Altschuler
Young Audiences Arts for Learning