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2013 MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program Announced

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Mar 26, 2013

The National Guild has received a $275,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative—now entering its ninth year—aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting exemplary partnerships between nonprofit arts education organizations and public schools. Objectives for 2013 include the distribution of grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2013-2014 school year and the production of a partnership training institute in conjunction with the Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Chicago, IL).  
MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education grants specifically support partnerships that:

  1. Exemplify best practices in creating and sustaining effective arts education partnerships;
  2. Demonstrate joint design and execution of programming, curricula, professional development, and evaluation,
  3. Provide high quality learning experiences that address national, state and/or local arts education standards;
  4. Serve significant numbers of public school students during the school day or extended day.

National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman said: "Over the past two decades, the National Guild has researched and identified best practices for high quality arts education partnerships that have powerful long-term effects on students, faculty, institutions, and communities. The continuance of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program promotes and supports these practices, thereby increasing access to quality arts education for public school children across America." 

During the current school year (2012-2013), more than 7,000 students in eight cities are receiving year-long arts instruction thanks to 12 partnerships funded by the program. Learn more about our current grantees (PDF).

Applications must be received in the Guild’s office by 5:00 PM EDT, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

View Application Guidelines and Forms

Grants are available in 32 cities and metropolitan areas, as listed in the guidelines.

An Online Orientation to review the guidelines with prospective applicants was presented on Wednesday, April 17. Watch an archived recording of the webinar.


Photo: Young Audiences New York (New York, NY)

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