Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects

Choose Arts Education as your project discipline if you are proposing a pre-K through 12th grade Professional Development project or a Direct Learning project that aligns with either national or state arts education standards. See more information on the National Core Arts standards.

If the target audience is intergenerational, submit your application directly to one of the artistic disciplines rather than to Arts Education. Applications for projects for youth where the focus is exposure to or appreciation of the arts -- whether activities take place in school, after school, during the summer, or in community settings -- should be submitted directly to the appropriate artistic discipline in the Grants for Arts Projects category. Such projects may include performances by or exhibitions of professional artists. Arts events may be accompanied by ancillary learning activities (e.g., study guides for teachers and students, artists' visits prior to or following the event, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, or master classes).

If your project is developed and managed by a Local Arts Agency, apply through the Local Arts Agencies discipline for these types of projects. However, Local Arts Agencies proposing a Collective Impact project should choose Arts Education as the project discipline.