Grantmakers in the Arts and Foundation Center’s April 2015 report, Foundation Funding for Arts Education, updates the analysis of foundation arts education funding contained in its original 2005 report. The report illustrates how support for arts education has evolved during a period of pronounced economic volatility and dramatic political and technological change, exploring trends in arts education funding 1999 through 2012.
The report shows that funding for arts education rose 57 percent from 1999 – 2012, from $193.7 million to $304.4 million, although growth was not consistent throughout the period. The report describes steady growth between 1999 and 2005, accelerated growth from 2006- 1008, a decline of 28 percent in the year of the Great Recession, a further slip in 2011, and strong growth in 2012, when grant dollars increased 18 percent.
Some stand-out data includes:
– 44 percent of grants are $25,000 or less (compared to 39 percent of foundation grants overall)
– Arts education giving overwhelmingly targets arts organizations, with 80 percent of grant support going to arts organizations in 2012
– More than half of arts education grant dollars go to the performing arts, with music education receiving the biggest share (34 percent)
– Funding for multidisciplinary arts education, which includes broad arts in education centers and programs, multidisciplinary arts schools, and ethnic arts education programs, also doubled between 1999 and 2012.
– Within the field of multidisciplinary arts education, support for broad ethnic arts education programs increased significantly.
– Visual arts education, which includes multipurpose visual arts programs and centers and those with a single focus, such as photography or sculpture, received 14 percent, while funding for broad-based museum arts education declined between 1999 and 2012, with its share of arts education dollars falling from 20 percent to 6.9 percent.
– Funding for literary arts education accounted for 2.6 percent of arts education support in 2012, down slightly from the 3.1 percent share in 1999.
Within their arts education giving, some foundations direct support to vulnerable or underserved populations, such as to specific ethnic or racial groups or communities of color in general and to the economically disadvantaged.
The report concludes by saying that a bright future for foundation funding of arts in education depends on our ability to engage new funders, allowing them to see how their priority of addressing specific populations can be served by supporting arts education and that arts education is a powerful resource for ensuring greater equity in society.
Note that the report is a national survey and includes program of higher and graduate educational institutions, along with elementary & secondary schools.
Click here to read the full report.