The Dana Foundation
The Foundationís Rural Initiative grants program funds arts educators in rural areas of the United States. Grants are awarded primarily for training for school arts educators (in-school arts specialists who teach performing arts in the public schools) and professional artists who teach pre-K-12 students in public schools. The Initiative no longer supports programs that focus on direct instruction of school children or direct instruction of classroom teachers. Topics of instruction include dance, music, or theatre, based on a specific pedagogy and/or arts curricula integrated into a schoolís standard curriculum. Selection criteria include quality in the arts; diversity in the personnel involved; substance in the amount of time spent in training and in follow-up training and mentoring; and demand for the training in the regions the project serves. Other criteria include the need for the organizations to improve their artist training and/or in the organizationís financial situation; and partnerships in relationship to schools, school leadership, classroom teachers, and arts supervisors. Additional information is available on the Web site. Letters of intent submitted after June 4, 2008 will be considered in the 2010 cycle of Rural Initiative grants. An online letter of intent form is available on the Web site.
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