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Gov. Beshear Proclaims "Arts in Education Week"

From the Office of Governor Steve Beshear:


Emphasizing the important role the arts play in the development of young people, Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Sept. 9-15 as Arts in Education Week in Kentucky.

"Education in the arts boosts children's critical thinking and problem-solving skills," said Gov. Beshear. "The arts play an important role in the lives of young people and help us educate a strong and competitive work force."

Arts in Education Week was established by resolution in 2010 by the U. S. House of Representatives. The weeklong designation emphasizes the many benefits of arts in schools, and applauds the efforts of educators and organizations that provide arts programming for children.

The Kentucky Arts Council supports arts in education through various grants and programs. The following initiatives are available to teachers and schools throughout Kentucky via the arts council:

  • Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and administered in partnership with the state arts agencies. Deadline to apply: Oct. 15.
  • The Teaching Art Together Grant lets teachers collaborate with professional artists on the design and implementation of innovative 5- to 20-day residencies. Deadline to apply: Oct. 15
  • The TranspARTation Grant enables Kentucky teachers and schools to offer students quality arts experiences by providing transportation funding for arts field trips. Next deadline: Dec. 1.
  • Specialists With Arts Tactics Team consultants are available to provide three- to six-hour consultancies to assist schools and districts with policy writing, including the arts in the CSIP/CDIP, arts curriculum alignment, developing performance assessments and integrating the arts across the curriculum. Applications accepted year-round.
  • The Teaching Artists Directory is an online directory of Kentucky artists who produce high quality artistic work and have the skills and competencies needed to work with teachers and students in designing and implementing arts education programs.

The state's arts organizations, in partnership with the arts council, shape the lives of thousands of Kentucky students each year through arts events and arts in education programs.

"Kentucky is extremely fortunate to have a vibrant arts community that provides opportunities for children to experience the arts," said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. "Many children in Kentucky experience the arts for the first time at school. The arts council is proud to be a partner of Kentucky schools, teachers and arts organizations who work tirelessly to provide a well-rounded education to children that includes the arts."

Grants are available to Kentucky teachers and schools, both public and private. Learn more about grant opportunities online at Or contact Rachel Allen, arts education director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 486, or via email at[email protected].

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