Department of Education Announces 2015-16 Arts Partnership Grants!

Priorities and deadlines for the 2015-16 Arts Partnership Programs are announced.

The NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects has announced the 2015-16 application cycle of the Arts Partnership grants! Brief blurbs and links to their respective RFPs are below (this content is also available on the DOE’s website).

Note that schools are the ones who are eligible to apply, and not cultural partners. Partners should work with schools in developing a proposal, but school leaders must drive the application process, from partner selection, project definition, proposal writing, and ultimately, to proposal submission.

  • Arts for ELLs (English Language Learners) and SWD (Students with Disabilities). Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 10/13/15

This program helps schools build arts partnerships that enhance arts opportunities for diverse groups of students, with a focus on ELLs and SWD. Grantees receive up to $15,000 to work with experienced local arts organizations to implement school-based arts residencies that boost student achievement in and through the arts, while developing and documenting best practices in arts education.

  • Arts Continuum. Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 10/27/15

In this program, middle schools and their feeder elementary schools work together, in partnership with NYC arts organizations to bridge and advance students’ arts learning as they transition from elementary to middle school. Each pair of ES/MS grantees shares a grant of up to $24,000 to support the development of residency and curriculum plans to achieve these goals, along with the arts residencies that will help bring schools’ curriculum plans to life.

  • Arts+Family Engagement. Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 11/10/15

These grants aim to expand parent, family, and community engagement around all aspects of our students’ arts education. Leveraging schools’ existing arts partnerships, this program provides up to $5,000 to support arts partner-coordinated workshops and other events that showcase students’ school-based arts experiences, engage students and family in art-making or learning activities, and demonstrate the power of the arts in the school setting.

If you have any questions, contact Ben Espinosa, Arts Partnership Manager, New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects:


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