Support for substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.

Between 2014 and 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts developed and piloted the Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships program in Arizona “D” and “F” label schools. Findings from the first two years of funded partnerships confirmed that across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement, and student self-efficacy.

For Fiscal Year 2018, the Arizona Commission on the Arts aims to build on these findings by expanding the eligibility of the Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grant program to Arizona Title I schools.

Proposals may focus on any number of effective models, but must utilize the proposed arts education and/or arts integration programming to address desired goals and outcomes aligned with at least one of the six principles in the school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, as developed by the Arizona Department of Education:

1) Effective Leadership; 2) Effective Teachers and Instruction; 3) Effective Organization of Time; 4) Effective Curriculum; 5) Conditions, Climate, and Culture; 6) Family and Community Engagement.

As such, outcomes could be related to several efforts, including student learning, teacher professional development, classroom instruction, parent engagement, student support strategies, and more.

Further information about the Comprehensive Needs Assessment and the six principles can be found online at http://www.azed.gov/cna/six-principles/.

Partnerships must include at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be an Arizona Title I school (both Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance programs are eligible). The school partner must serve as the primary applicant. Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Thursday, June 1, 2017
For Grant Cycle: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs
(602) 771-6521
anelson@azarts.gov
To help potential applicants prepare to apply, the Arts Commission presented two online information sessions. A recording of one of these information sessions and the presentation slides are provided below:

Resource Links

The following resources were suggested during the online information session:

Arizona Title 1 Arts

Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Evaluation Summary

The application period (for Grant Cycle: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) is now closed.

The application deadline was 11:59pm Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The application materials below are provided for reference only.

  • Call for Proposals: FY18 Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships Grant
  • Budget Form: FY2018 Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships Grant
  • Program Evaluation Highlights: First Cohort, 2013-2015