Arts Education

​​​​​​The Arts Education component provides leadership, services, and financial support to create and provide opportunities for quality arts experiences for all Wisconsin K-12 students.

Who May Apply

Organizations that fulfill the general eligibility requirements are eligible to apply. This may include public or private K-12 schools or community groups. Artist- initiated projects are welcome, provided applicants fulfill the general eligibility requirements.

Goals of the Arts Education Component

The goals of this component are:

  • ​​​to involve students and teachers in the exploration of the creative process of the selected art form;
  • to provide broad cultural and geographic access to quality arts experiences; and
  • to assist and support artists working in arts education, and arts educators.

Types of Activities Funded

The Arts Education component provides funds to schools and/or community organizations that bring in professional or traditional artists to work with K-12 students. Examples include:

  • ​​traditional residencies;
  • short term artist visits;
  • assembly programs;
  • teacher workshops;
  • after-school or summer school projects; and
  • projects that encourage arts organizations and schools to work together to develop necessary and/or innovative programs that enhance the established curricula, for the benefit of the students. For example, a local symphony’s members could teach string instrument lessons at schools that have no string program and no available resources to establish one.

The applicant has the opportunity to select and work with a quality artist or artists of its own choosing.

For projects in schools, the Phase 2 application requires applicants to reference specific curriculum standards related to their project goals and evaluation. If the project integrated across the curriculum, use curriculum standards from all relevant subject areas.​

Types of Activities Not Funded

In addition to the activities listed here​​, the following a​re examples of projects not funded through the Arts Education component:

  • ​​operating expenses of existing, recurring and annual school programs; e.g., a spring concert or school play; or
  • projects restricted to private participation, including classes held in artist, company or private studios.

For more information on Creative Communities-Arts Education, please call Kaitlyn Berle (608-266-8106).​​​