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College Board Seeks Application for 2015 College Board Award for Excellence in the Arts
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The College Board is accepting applications for the 2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The annual award recognizes the achievements of member institutions which have implemented an arts program in grades 6 to 12 that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Awards will be given to  programs in three categories:

1) Arts Integration: This award will recognizes a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the K6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.

2) Equity Through Arts: This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.

3) Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national nonprofits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The applicant program must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions or member districts that serve grades 6–12. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply.

See the College Board website for complete program guidelines, information about previous winners, and application instructions.

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Deadline: 04-13-2015

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