HARTFORD — Connecticut students will now have access to more arts program, thanks to a grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
State officials said that this new grant program—up to $250,000, is to strengthen the arts in education by exposing young people to the arts, so that they can explore a world beyond their immediate surroundings.
The Department of Education is collaborating with the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Connecticut Arts Council to provide mini-grants of up to $50,000.
Officials said this money is for schools to enhance arts instruction “through partnerships with local and state arts institutions, organizations, and artists.”
“These cultural investments will directly enrich lives of students and allow us to preserve and enhance the humanities across Connecticut schools,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The grant was announced at the state’s recent annual Back-to-School meeting for superintendents. Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor announced that the grant will be made available to schools statewide in this first round of funding.
Successful applications should include plans for how the funding will help the school deepen and sustain their arts programming in concert with a partner institution or artist. Applications that include parent and/or civic engagement will receive preference.
More information is available on the State Department of Education’s web site.