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The National Endowment for the Arts 

the Arts to Life 
for Children 
and Adults 
since 1965 


the Creative 

The National Endowment 
for the Arts is authorized by 
Congress to help support 
education in the arts for people 
of all ages, and, specifically, to 
assist elementary, secondary 
and post-secondary schools, 
teachers, artists, and arts and 
education organizations. 

New Orleans high school students 

design fabric for chairs at the United 
Nations through an after-school pro- 
gram called YA/YA which teaches visual 
arts and marketing. 

National Endowment 

Thousands of elementary school 
students in Milwaukee are learning 
about music and its relationship to 
math, science, and social studies 
through the Milwaukee Symphony 
Orchestra's ACE (Arts in Community 
Education) program. 

ichers participate in the "Change 
Course" writing program of the Ohio Arts Council. 

Pre-schoolers in Baltimore, Maryland bring to 
life the story Where the Wild Things Are through 
creative movement and drama, and as a result 
begin to achieve "reading readiness." This interac- 
tive, performing arts-based program is coordinated 
by parents, caregivers, teachers, and artists through 
the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts' 
Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. 

Teenagers in Washington, DC take 
music lessons through Levine School of 
Music's Public Housing Youth Orchestra. 

Seniors in Albuquerque, New 
Mexico receive free instruction in 
Spanish tinworking, Polish papercutting, 
and other artforms through Senior 
Arts, Inc. 


It is the mission of the National 
Endowment for the Arts to 
foster the excellence, diversity, 
and vitality of the arts in the 
United States and to broaden 
public access to the arts. 

The National Endowment for the Arts 

Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade 

The Endowment believes that all children should have a 
sequential education in the arts that is linked to content 
standards, taught by qualified teachers, and regularly engages 
artists and involves their work. 

Direct Grants 

National Endowment for the Arts grants help support the work of 

schools, including, but not limited to: 

• development of curricula and assessments in dance, music, 
theater, and visual arts 

• integration of the arts into math, science, history, and other 
school subjects 

• artist-teacher collaborations as well as training for arts 
specialists, teachers, and artists 

• development of pre-K arts programs for children and families 
linked to Head Start 

• in-school opera, music, theater, or dance performances 

• in-school residencies of writers, sculptors, filmmakers, and other 

• assistance to arts magnet schools 

for children 

Idren in pre-K through 1 2th 
le, the Arts Endowment 
plays a unique leadership role 
that encompasses policy 
grantmaking, technical 
assistance, and research 
development. In 1 997, the 
Arts Endowment invested 
$8.2 million— 10% of its 
annual grant dollars — in 
support of pre-K through 1 2 
arts education programs. 

Partnerships with States 

The Endowment established the goal of helping to make the arts 
basic to pre-K through 12 education in its Partnership Agreements 
with state arts agencies. A recent survey shows that the $30 million 
in combined Arts Endowment Partnership and state arts agency 
funding for arts education projects annually: 

• supports more than 7,800 projects 

• reaches more than 2,400 communities 

• involves thousands of teachers and artists 

School districts, PTAs, libraries, and arts and community organiza- 
tions all draw on Arts Endowment funds through the state arts 
agencies to support arts education programs. 

Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education 
The Endowment, with the Department of Education, has: 

• supported the development of the National Standards for Arts 

• guaranteed that the arts would be included in the National 
Assessment of Educational Progress — "the Nation's Report Card" 

• established and sustains the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership 
— more than 140 national organizations from the education, arts, 
and private sectors — to include the arts in state and local education 
improvement plans 

• launched ArtsEdge, a Web site managed by the John E Kennedy 
Center for the Performing Arts, to help artists, teachers, and students 
discover resources and ideas about arts education 

• conducted a comprehensive national survey of arts education in ele- 
mentary and secondary schools in 1994, to be repeated in 1999 


The Endowment pursues an aggressive research agenda to improve 
the quality of teaching and learning in the arts. The Arts 
Endowment's "Toward Civilization" (1988) was a landmark report 
revealing the nationwide lack of basic arts education in American 
schools. The Arts Endowment's "Schools, Communities, and the 
Arts: A Research Compendium" (1995) shows the benefits of 
making arts education an integral part of the school curriculum. 

Beyond the Classroom 

The National Endowment for the Arts opens the door to 
music, dance, theater, visual arts, design, literature, opera, film, 
and audio and video arts to young people through programs 
outside of school. 

Arts Endowment grants support programs 
such as: 

• after-school visual arts workshops in parks 
and community centers 

• crime and violence prevention theater 

• a student-created exhibition of local history 

• creative writing programs at YMCAs 

• summer dance camps 

• student subscription series to theaters 

• "behind the scenes" opera programs 

Lifelong Learning 

Exploring our own creativity and learning to understand the 
art of others is a way of living life fully, whether we are age 
eight or 88, whether we are learning to be artists or enjoy 
learning about the arts. 

Arts Endowment grants support learning in the arts for 
all ages including: 

• ceramics classes in community centers and homeless shelters 

• folk arts classes at senior centers 

• a young professional 
conductors program 


The National '*& 

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has published a wide variety 
of books and reports on arts 
education. For a complete list of 
Arts Endowment publications, call 
(202) 682-5400. Also visit our 
Web site: 

Lifelong Journey: An Education in the Arts, 1996. 

Outlines Arts Endowment principles and characteristics of what 
constitutes an excellent education in the arts for people of all ages 
in schools and other settings. Available from the Arts Endowment, 
(202) 682-5400. 32 pp. 

Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts, 1997. 

Shows parents practical ways to introduce their children to the arts. 
Available from the Arts Endowment, (202) 682-5400. 72 pp. 

ART WORKS! Prevention Programs for Youth and 
Communities, 1997. 

Highlights exemplary programs that employ the arts in substance 
abuse prevention. Available from the National Clearinghouse for 
Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 
20847, (800) 729-6686. 96 pp. 

Eloquent Evidence: Arts at the Core of Learning, 1995. 

Lists the latest research proving a link between the arts and academic 
success. Available from the Arts Endowment, (202) 682-5400. 13 pp. 

Folk Arts in the Classroom: Changing the Relationship Between 
Schools and Communities, 1993. 

Available from the National Task Force on Folk Arts In Education, 
609 Johnston Place, Alexandria, VA 22301-2511, (703) 836-7499. 16 pp. 

Part of the Solution: Creative Alternatives for Youth, 1995. 
Highlights arts programs for at-risk youth. Available from the National 
Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 1029 Vermont Ave., NW, Second 
Floor, Washington, DC. 20005, (202) 347-6352. 96 pp. 

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