Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the names of the 49 awardees of Investing in Innovation Fund grants. The purpose of the $650 million program is to “provide competitive grants that expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative and evidence-based practices, programs, and strategies that significantly: improve K-12 achievement and close achievement gaps; decrease dropout rates; increase high school graduation rates; and improve teacher and school leader effectiveness.”
Of the close to 1,700 applicants, the 49 highest-rated proposals were selected to receive funding, and of the 49, three are directly related to arts education:
- Studio in a School, Inc. (New York, NY)
- The Beaverton School District Arts for Learning Lessons Project (Beaverton, OR)
- Everyday Arts for Special Education (New York City Department of Education, District 75)
Each of the three projects falls in the Development category and can receive up to $5 million provided a private sector match of 20 percent is secured by September 8, 2010.
Studio in a School, Inc. is guided by President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Cahill, a member of the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts, and we congratulate Tom and the organization for receiving the grant and already securing a private sector match.
The outcome of the work being done with this grant funding will provide strong arguments for strengthening arts education in ESEA reauthorization, and we look forward to sharing the results with the arts education field. When the i3 program was being created, with the support of arts advocates from around the country, Americans for the Arts filed comments with the U.S. Department of Education that led to increased ability for arts education programs like these to be able to apply for these grants.
The full list of grantees, and links to their grant descriptions, can be found on the Education Week website.