Young Audiences Arts for Learning to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

MAY 15, 2019 — NEW YORK, NY — National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) to support the National Professional Learning Series, a year-long professional development program for teaching artists, staff, and executive leaders in the field of arts in education.

Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Young Audiences are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

“We are grateful for the NEA’s continued support of Young Audiences’ National Professional Learning Series, which will help us deliver comprehensive and innovative professional development opportunities to our national network,” said David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences. “Participants in our Professional Learning Series return to their communities better equipped to meet the needs of their organizations and the students they serve, amplifying the overall impact of the NEA’s generous support.”

The Young Audiences Professional Learning Series is a three-pronged program model involving the extended participation of professionals from across the Young Audiences network over the course of a full year. The Series includes Young Audiences’ National Conference, an annual three-day convening open to the arts in education field at large. Funding from the NEA will be used in part to support the attendance of professional teaching artists at the 2020 National Conference, to be held March 25-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Series also includes Young Audiences’ Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), which helps developing professionals hone and advance their skills to become transformational leaders in arts in education. Held annually in New York City, the Young Audiences Fall Leadership Forum marks the final component of the Professional Learning Series. Geared toward senior leadership from the Young Audiences network, the Forum brings together affiliate executive and board leaders to share best practices and explore critical topics in arts in education.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit www.arts.gov/news.

For more information about Young Audiences Arts for Learning, visit www.youngaudiences.org.

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