Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grants Program
The U.S. Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AAEDD), formerly known as the Arts in Education—Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AEMDD), has announced 22 awardees for its FY 2018 grant competition, which has one absolute priority as follows:
Projects that develop, disseminate, and integrate high- quality, effective arts-based instructional materials and educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that effectively (1) increase access to standards-based arts education; (2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects as part of a well-rounded education; and (3) improve students’ academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. In order to meet this priority, an applicant must demonstrate that the standards-based arts education and programming instructional materials and educational programming are linked to State and/or national standards intended to enable all students to meet challenging expectations and to improve student and school performance.
This program must be administered in partnership with a local education agency (LEA) or consortium of LEAs in which 20% or more students served are from families with an income below the Federal poverty line. The project period is 4 years, and applicants must include all 4 years in the budget request.
Among previous AEMDD grants, at least five awards have supported collaborations with orchestras: Anne Arundel County Public Schools which included the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra among its artists in residence, Houston Independent School District for partnering with the Houston Symphony; Rockford Public Schools for working in partnership with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra; Tucson Unified School District has partnered with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; and the Brooklyn Philharmonic had received a grant award.