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Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund invites elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools throughout the U.S. to submit proposals for art and music programs that their schools are unable to fund. Applications are reviewed quarterly.The awards range from $200 to $10,000 and are announced monthly. Applications are on the web at

Requests for Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education and Planning an Arts Centered School: A Handbook can be made to: Johanna Goldberg
Dana Foundation
745 Fifth Ave, Suite 900
New York, NY 10151
212.317.8721 or email at


Free Resources for educators, artists and presenters.
The Dana Foundation


“Being An American” Essay Contest Expands to 19 States, Plus District of Columbia in Three Regions
Students and Teachers Eligible for Substantial Cash Prizes

Arlington, VA – The Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in suburban Washington, DC, will award U.S. high school students – and their teachers – cash prizes totaling over $60,000 during the 2007-08 school year, the organization announced today. Students in 19 states and the District of Columbia will be eligible to compete in the “Being an American” essay contest, which explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

In their essays, participating students are asked to answer the following question: “What civic value(s) do you believe are most essential to being an American, and how can you personally put those values into practice?” Winning essays will be announced in the spring of 2008 and will earn the students and their teachers in each region cash prizes of up to $5,000 each.

To help integrate the contest into the classroom, the Bill of Rights Institute has created a lesson plan and supplemental materials about the contest topic, tied the contest to state and national academic standards, and constructed a web site so that teachers can submit their students’ essays for consideration.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the contest will continue to expand nationally until all 50 states participate during the 2009-2010 school year.

Additional details on the “Being an American” essay contest can be found below. Further information, including complete contest rules, submission details, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers and other Americans who have contributed to America’s shared civic values are available at

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation is accepting applications from K-12 school and community music programs across the United States that need new and refurbished musical insturments and/or instrument repairs. Applications are reveiewed three times a year and there is no deadline.

The Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ) provides an authoritative, timely, ongoing professional development resource to clarify, enrich and advance Teaching Artist research and practice. Teaching Artists-professionals with skills in both teaching and the arts-have uniquely powerful perspectives, practices and skills. TAJ includes a variety of sections and submissions for all sections are invited: Practice, Research, Theory; Medley; In My Opinion; Newsbreak; Research Review and Letters to the Journal. Full contribution instructions are available online at To access the information click on the Journals menu and locate the journal of interest or contact LEA at 201-258-2200 (9am to 5pm ET) and ask for the journal production editor.

Opportunities to study abroad are available through the New York University's School of Education. Application deadlines vary by program. 

Harvard Graduate School of Education offers a concentration on Arts in Education. For information on the program, contact Jessica Davis Director of Arts in Education Concentration 309 Longfellow Hall 13 Appian Way Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone (617)495-9068, fax (617)496-9108.

Change, Inc. Grants. Emergency grants to artists for medical, living, other expenses. Around $100-$500. Change, Inc. Box 705 Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276 or call (212)473-3742.

MAP, the Museum Assessment Program helps museums reach full potential by providing a process for institutional self study and peer review, on-site visit culminating in a recommendations report. Fees on a sliding scale based on the museum's annual operating budget. This program is a function of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, managed by the American Association of Museums. Call 202-289-9118 for more information. 

Educators visit The Getty Education Institute for the Arts for useful resources available for quality arts programs in action.