As state governments struggle more and more with balancing budgets, an area that often loses funding the quickest is art and music education. There are, however, private foundations that understand the importance of art and music that are willing to support these programs financially.
The acronym “STEM” (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), one of the past decade’s most prominent educational buzzwords, is quickly becoming out-of-date. Taking its place on the podium, is the successor term “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, & mathematics). The argument for the integration of arts into the STEM curriculum is based on evidence that children learn in a variety of ways and need to develop art and design capabilities in order to create new technologies and make new discoveries.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant deadline is quickly approaching (January 13, 2014), but still worth considering for many municipalities and nonprofits that can pull off a tight deadline. If you need help working under a time crunch, TheGrantHelpers.com has the experts who can assist you in any or all parts of the grant application process. Simply contact us for more information.