Arts education grants available

Here’s a bit of good news in these days of tight funding for the arts in public schools. The organizers of ArtsWeek, a collaboration between Indiana University and the City of Bloomington, are reaching out to art teachers and encouraging them to apply for grants of up to $2,500.

“ArtsTeach” is the theme of the 27th annual ArtsWeek, which will take place in February 2011. “In a period of declining and strained resources for education, the ArtsWeek 2011 theme is intended to foster collaborations between K-12 teachers and students and IU units, arts organizations and/or area businesses that highlight the significance and impact of artistic activities on the lives of young people in our community,” said ArtsWeek coordinator Sherry Knighton-Schwandt in an IU news release.

The university’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, which organizes ArtsWeek, is promoting the idea that teachers and their students can partner with an artist, arts organization or business to develop arts-education projects. Sept. 10 is the deadline to apply for the grants. More information and an application form are available at the ArtsWeek website.

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