National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network Awarded a Combined $175,000 in NEA’s Latest Major Funding Announcement

National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network Awarded a Combined $175,000 in NEA’s Latest Major Funding Announcement
May 19, 2022 |

NEW YORK, NY — Young Audiences Arts for Learning (Young Audiences) has been approved for a $40,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the Trauma-informed and Responsive Practices (TARP) TA Program. Additionally, five Young Audiences affiliates — Arts for Learning Connecticut, Arts Partners Wichita, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Young Audiences New York, and Young Audiences of Western New York — were selected in the NEA’s second round of Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) for fiscal year 2022.

Young Audiences' Trauma-informed and Responsive Practices (TARP) TA Program is a professional learning project for a cohort of teaching artists at three sites across the YA network: Arts for Learning Miami, Young Audiences of Louisiana, and Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Participating teaching artists will engage in online learning, peer discussion, and individual coaching to incorporate practices of the ENACT Method, a renowned approach to arts-based trauma-informed teaching, into their local residency work.

Arts for Learning Connecticut (Hamden, CT) was awarded $35,000 to support its Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools program through a series of professional development workshops in social and emotional learning, culturally responsive teaching, and multiple intelligence theory for teaching artists and educators across urban, suburban, and rural schools throughout Connecticut.

Arts Partners Wichita (Wichita, KS) was awarded $15,000 to support Generation STEAM, an arts education project that brings project-based learning and community-based design solutions to students from Wichita’s underserved communities.

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (Chicago, IL) was awarded $60,000 to support Collaboration Laboratory (CoLab), a program that partners professional teaching artists with classroom teachers in Chicago Public Schools to explore and experiment with arts integrated learning. 

Young Audiences New York (New York, NY) was awarded $10,000 to support LINKNYC, a media arts education residency for New York City students.

Young Audiences of Western New York (Buffalo, NY) was awarded $15,000 to support its Arts Partners for Learning project, a regional collaborative initiative that prioritizes Western New York’s most vulnerable youth populations with quality creative learning opportunities presented by professional teaching artists and cultural organizations. 

Grants for Arts Projects are awarded to organizations across the nation to support artistic projects that meet the highest standards of excellence and demonstrate a commitment to providing more equitable and accessible pathways for arts engagement. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

The complete list of projects recommended for Grants for Arts Projects is here. Congratulations to all! 

To find out more about the impact of National Endowment for the Arts grants, visit the NEA website at

About Young Audiences Arts for Learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. We are the nation’s largest arts in education network, comprising local affiliates across the country that collectively impact over 5 million young people each year. The national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network works collaboratively to advance arts in education through advocacy, communications, fundraising, program development, professional learning, and other support. To explore our national network, please visit:  

Emily House
Young Audiences Arts for Learning