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New Mexico Public Education Department: Elementary Arts Funding

Deadline: May 17, 2019

The Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) was enacted to provide funding to support school districts to offer opportunities for elementary school students to participate in arts education programs, including dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts in order to encourage cognitive and affective development by:

  • Focusing on a variety of learning styles and engaging students through success
  • Training students in complex thinking and learning
  • Helping students to devise creative solutions for problems
  • Providing students with new challenges
  • Teaching students to work cooperatively with others and to understand and value diverse cultures

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) will fund projects that develop a unique arts program plan, using measurable goals and best practices, that effectively connects students to the curriculum in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts education programs. Applicants are encouraged to make use of, and incorporate, art resources available within their communities and the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)/Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), 21st Century, Title I and IV, K5 Plus, and other funds to enhance the program.

Amount: Newly approved programs (2019–2020 applications) will be funded based on their 2019–2020, 40th day membership data, as reported in the Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System (STARS). Funding of renewal programs (programs that were previously approved for SY 2018–2019) will be funded based on the previous year’s average of 80- and 120-day counts, as reported in STARS.

Eligibility: New Mexico public school districts, state-chartered schools, and district-chartered schools may apply on behalf of those elementary schools that the district proposes to include in the program plan. District-chartered elementary schools may apply on their own behalf or may be included in their district’s application.

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

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