Young Audiences Affiliates Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grants Totaling $77,000

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January 29, 2024 |

JANUARY 24, 2024 – New York, NY – In its first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2024, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named the recipients of federal funding for arts projects. Included in the NEA’s announcement are two Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates that were awarded funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category totaling $77,000. 


Arts Education Collaborative (Pittsburgh, PA) was awarded $37,000 to support its Arts Ed Leadership Academy, a flagship cohort-based program exploring culturally responsive practices, leadership, and action planning. Participants — teachers, teaching artists, and arts administrators from SW Pennsylvania — will engage in a year-long curriculum of activities to improve their arts learning knowledge and teaching practice, with sessions hosted by regional cultural organizations and co-facilitated by staff and guest experts.

Arts for Learning Northwest (Portland, OR) was awarded $40,000 to support The Right Brain Initiative, an artist residency and professional development program, by providing artist residencies and professional development workshops to train teacher leadership teams to facilitate arts-integrated study that meets students’ specific needs. The program will emphasize support for English Language Learners, STEAM classrooms, and special education students, serving classroom teachers, arts specialists, principals, and teaching artists from underserved rural, urban, and suburban schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Grants for Arts Projects, the Endowment’s largest grant program, covers a range of projects across arts disciplines and fields while supporting engagement with and access to arts learning at all stages of life. 

"Whether it's the creation of new art, opportunities for the public to participate and engage in the arts, or work to better understand the impact of the arts," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, "these grants contribute to the well-being being of individuals and communities, help meet the challenges of our time, and build towards a future in which all people can lead artful lives and reach their full potential."

To find out more about the impact of National Endowment for the Arts grants, visit the NEA website at Congratulations to all FY24 NEA awardees! 

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