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The Trickle-Down Effect of Federal Arts Education Policy

Not long into my tenure at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton administration, I came to understand the limits of what the federal government can do for K-12 education. At the time, the department boosted funding to support the hiring of 100,000 new teachers and the launch of a new national afterschool initiative […]

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NEA Funding Measure Facing U.S. House Floor Vote

As early as next Monday, the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on FY 2012 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Last week, the House Appropriations Committee took the first step in the budget process and passed the Interior Appropriations bill, which proposes to fund the NEA at $135 million for […]

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White House Gathers Arts ‘Champions of Change’

On July 19, I attended a productive meeting at the White House Executive Office Building. The event, coordinated by the President’ Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the White House Office of Public Engagement, was called Champions for Change: Winning the Future Across America. Some dozen Champions were on hand to react and provide good […]

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i3 Grantee Lessons: District 75, New York City

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation competition awarded District 75 (New York City’s special education district) and Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP), a $4.6 million, five-year grant to develop and implement Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE). EASE is a professional development program designed to improve student achievement in the areas […]

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i3 Grantee Lessons: Beaverton School District

In an effort to bring Arts for Learning Lessons to 12,850 Beaverton School District (BSD) students in grades 3-5, the Beaverton School District, with project partners University of Washington, Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and Young Audiences of Oregon & Washington, was awarded a $4 million, five-year grant in 2010 by the U.S. Department of […]

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New on the Federal Grant Scene: Promise Neighborhoods and i3 Federal Grants

Many Americans for the Arts members and friends may be most familiar with the grant programs of the National Endowment for the Arts, which distributes about 2,400 grants annually to arts organizations. But less familiar are the grants located at other federal agencies that represent a more non-traditional source of funding that can benefit arts […]

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Investing in Arts Education = Investing in Innovation

During our recent Arts Education Council meeting in San Diego, the council members suggested posting some blogs about the federal grant Investing in Innovation (i3) in preparation of the deadline for the next round of applications. So, for the next couple of days, Americans for the Arts will be encouraging a spotlight on the i3 […]

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How to Build and Protect Intellectual Property with Uncle Sam

I love listening to smart women and being surrounded by many of them this weekend at the Americans for the Arts Convention in San Diego. There are ballrooms filled with people who are committed to working in the arts and with the arts to make life better. Of course we know how the arts affect […]

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Election Day Thoughts – The Single-Issue Voter, Cross-sector Advocacy, and Mission Creep

Without a crystal ball or Miss Cleo’s digits, it’s impossible to write a “what will the election mean …” piece before the polls close. Right? Well, I like a challenge, so I’m going to try anyway. Of all the blocs of voters we have heard about this election — women, moderates, youth, Tea Party, single, […]

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