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New Mexico Public Education Department: Elementary Arts Funding

Deadline: May 24, 2017

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

  • 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 FAEA requires participating districts to create a program plan: 1) with three or more measurable goals (with objectives); 2) that correspond to student learning in the arts; and 3) that includes a description of how the budget reflects and supports these goals. Elementary Arts funding provides an opportunity to develop a unique arts program plan using measurable goals and best practices, effectively connecting students to the curriculum in visual arts, music, theatre, and dance education programs. Applicants are encouraged to make use of, and incorporate, art resources available within their communities and the new ESEA (Title I), STEM/STEAM, 21st Century, federal, and other funds to enhance the program.

Amount: Varies by status of new or existing programs:

  • Newly approved programs (2017–2018 applications) will be funded based on their 2016–2017, 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 2016–2017) will be based on the previous year’s average of 80-and 120-day count 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.

Note: Districts may not apply as a consortium. However, following the awarding of funds to individual districts, they may combine fine arts funding as a consortium if it is determined that this will provide the best use of these funds.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

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