NAESP and Crayola Offer Arts Education Grants

Conference News Online
March 2012

Visit the Crayola booth (Booth 723) in the Expo Hall to learn about the 2012 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program. Sponsored by Crayola and NAESP, the program seeks to help educators integrate the arts across the curriculum to build students’ 21st century skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

The deadline for proposals is June 15. Up to 20 elementary schools will receive grants to implement, document, and share results of an innovative arts-infused project. Each grant includes $2,500 and $500 worth of Crayola products. The grant recipients will document outcomes via NAESP’s website in order to help other educators develop promising practices.

Among the 2011 winners were projects about teaching citizenship principles through art, using art to restore a flood-devastated community, exploring international cultures through art, and creating puppets and clay-character animation inspired by international folktales.

Proposals must be submitted by principals who are NAESP members. Educators whose schools received a grant in 2011 are not eligible to apply in 2012 but are encouraged to become judges of 2012 proposals.

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