Below you will find information on:
· Funding for live music performances for education and outreach from Heineman Foundation
· Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
· National Park Service competition for students 13-18 in photography, poetry, and digital short film
· Survey data investigating the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally
· National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director
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The Heineman Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s general areas of interest include the following: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that will help prevent water degradation; live music performances for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature. The Foundation provides seed money for start-up projects as well as new projects within existing organizations. For the current funding cycle, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
Applications are being accepted for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation’s Education Grants for projects that integrate the arts into educational programming. The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The foundation’s Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.
Educators may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving project. Visit the grant webpage (http://mossfoundation.org/national-educators-awards-and-grants) to learn about last year’s grant recipients and funded projects and for information on applying for 2012 grants. The application deadline is September 30, 2012.
In commemoration and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Park Service (NPS) announces a nationwide art competition in three categories: photography, poetry, and digital short films. The competition is open to students ages 13 to 18
and will be juried by professional artists. Submissions of artistic works are required to explore personal meanings of freedom and relate to nationally significant themes. The first-place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship. Second-place winners in each category will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship. More info here: http://www.nps.gov/nama/forkids/expressions-of-freedom.htm
The submission deadline for all entries is Monday, October 15, 2012.
SNAAP 2012 Annual Report
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) recently released its 2012 annual report highlighting the most recent findings from survey data investigating the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally. The SNAAP survey intends to create a better understanding of student learning outcomes in arts education and provides information on how arts alumni use their training in the work force. Highlights from the SNAAP results, such as “77% of arts alumni report artistic technique as being important to their work,” are communicated through the SnaapShot dashboard.
National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director
The National Guild has revamped its Program Director position and search and is now accepting applications and recommendations for this key leadership role.
The new Program Director position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional with a demonstrated commitment to arts education and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. We are seeking someone with a passion for and understanding of the arts’ role in transforming individuals and communities. Candidates may come from an arts education background or from a complementary field such as youth development, community development, social services, public policy, etc.
Working as part of our senior leadership team, our Program Director will help us strengthen and grow our programs and services for maximum impact, and develop our strategic priorities which include collaborations within, and beyond, the arts sector.
Key responsibilities will be:
- Developing and executing plans that support the Guild’s strategic priorities
- Directing the production of our annual Conference for Community Arts
Education and other professional development programs
- Leading and managing re-granting programs; and
- Developing the activities, discussions, and resources of our regional chapters.