The Rhode Island Foundation welcomes applications for its Arts in Academic Grants program. Endowed in 2004 by retired Rhode Island art educator Karel Greenblatt Gertsacov, the fund supports educational projects that integrate art disciplines into other core academic subjects.
Through the program, grants of between $500 and $1,000 will be awarded in support of projects aimed at fostering collaborations among artists and educators and promoting the arts as an integral part of the learning process.
Potential projects might include an architect and a math teacher helping students learn about scale by reading and using rulers when building a scale model; students taking a trip to the zoo to study symmetrical patterns as they relate to mathematics; or a teacher attending a workshop or other course in critical/creative problem-solving to expand his/her arts literacy skills and incorporate them into other core academic areas. Grants may be used for stipends, materials, equipment, honoraria, and other costs associated with implementing the project.
Any K-12 public or charter school teacher, artist, or nonprofit organization in Rhode Island is eligible to apply as long as the proposed project benefits Rhode Island public school children.
See the Rhode Island Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.