Meet the Masters understands how hard it can be to raise funds for art education. We encourage schools, teachers and parents to reach out to their local PTO and PTA for help with funding or with the grant application process. Here are some resources to hopefully help fund your Meet the Masters program:
1. Target Art & Culture in School Grants: Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000. We accept grant applications between March 1 and April 30 each year.
Target offers grants to schools and nonprofits that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. These programs must have a curriculum component.
Art and Culture in Schools grants are $2,000. Grant applications are typically accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant notifications delivered in September.
2. National Endowment for the Arts - The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to providing leadership in arts education. The arts are an essential component of education, and all children, not only those with specific artistic talent, benefit from an education in the arts including opportunities to create, perform, and communicate through various artistic media.
Today, the Arts Endowment’s focus is on identifying and supporting model programs and projects that provide in-depth knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts to children and youth in schools and communities. Research strongly suggests that young people who learn about and participate in the arts acquire skills that help them in decision making, problem solving, creative thinking, and teamwork. An increasing number of studies also find that arts programs motivate children to learn, assisting in improving performance in core academic subjects.
3. Reflections Program: Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants – A limited number of matching grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year to local PTAs for student-centered programs focused on arts education. The Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program complements PTA’s long-standing commitment to quality arts education by providing funds to local PTAs to establish or enhance arts programs in one or more arts areas: visual arts, photography, music (including dance), and literature (including theater).
4. California State PTA Grants – Grants are available annually from the California State PTA for use by unit, council, and district PTAs to develop and implement student-centered cultural arts programs and projects focused on arts education. This year’s cultural arts grant application deadline is the close of business on November 15.
6. National Art Education Association – Grant links and writing tips.
7. Crayola art grants: Get information about the annual Crayola/NAESP Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program. Learn more about this opportunity for your school to receive a $3,000 grant.