Arts in Education Program Seeking Input for 2017 Competition

The Arts in Education (AIE) Program supports nationwide efforts to improve schools in and through the arts as part of a well-rounded education for all students. AIE’s grants and technical assistance support a variety of organizations including school districts, non-profit organizations, and other entities through three grant categories: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD), Professional   Development for Arts Educators (PDAE), and Arts in Education National Program (AENP).

In Fiscal Year 2017, the AIE Program is preparing a competition for grants in accordance with its authorization under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), under Section 4642, Assistance for Arts Education, and Subpart 4—Academic Enrichment, which allows for awards to “promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities through such activities as:

  • professional development for arts educators, teachers, and principals;
  • development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines; and
  • community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, local educational agencies, communities, or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.”

View the complete details on the Assistance for Arts Education section of ESSA.

The AIE Program is accepting comments from stakeholders interested in the new competition until Monday, January 9, 2017. Please send them by email to:

Learn more about the AIE program.