Arts in Education Grants

General Overview

  • Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra - Photo by Christopher J. Reicks
    Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra - Photo by Christopher J. Reicks

ArtsWA has a long-standing commitment to the importance of learning in and through the arts. A primary goal in our strategic plan is to strengthen arts education as part of and fundamental to K-12 basic education. To this end, we invest in community-based arts education partnerships through our Arts in Education grant programs.

Our First Step and Community Consortium grants support arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts education for K-12 students in public schools in Washington State. Grants may support curriculum development, long-term residencies led by teaching artists, professional development for classroom teachers or teaching artists, or other strategies that improve teaching and learning in the arts for all students. Grantees must align their programs with state standards in the arts, and develop authentic approaches for assessing student learning in the arts. ArtsWA funding will support in-school arts education; extra-curricular arts education programs are not eligible.

A long-term goal of our Arts in Education grants is to develop sustainable and systemic support for arts education in all districts. We expect our grantees to address equity, access, inclusion and social justice in their work. Please read the complete Application Guidelines and Review Criteria documents, available on the First Step and Community Consortium pages, for all of the information.

The primary difference between the two grant programs is the size, scope, and capacity of the partnerships and their programs.

The First Step grant supports programs with a smaller scope or a newer partnership, and may include foundation-building strategies as well as offering programs in schools. Grant funding ranges from $1,000-$5,000.

The Community Consortium grant supports more established programs – they require more significant partnership commitments, and are expected to have more developed approaches for planning, implementing, and evaluating their arts education work. These grants are on a two-year cycle, with annual funding amounts expected to be in the range of $5,000-$18,000.

ArtsWA provides ongoing support to Arts in Education grantees through an annual convening and access to other professional development opportunities.

Review lists of past grantees.

Evaluation of Our Grant Investments

We asked an independent consultant, Shawn Bachtler, PhD, to evaluate our Community Consortium grant program during the 2012-2013 school year. The resulting report explores the impact of our investments and the efficacy of the grant program.


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Arts in Education Staff

If you have any questions about Arts in Education programs, please contact:

Lisa Jaret, Program Manager:, 360-586-2418


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