The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States by both national and international audiences.
Through its Chicago K-12 Education Grants program, the foundation supports activities that bring America art (circa 1500-2000) into Chicago classrooms, with the aim of helping teachers enrich the curricula and enhance learning.
Through the program, grant funding will be provided in support of: 1) professional development programs designed to deepen Chicago teachers’ knowledge of the art and visual culture of the U.S. (circa 1500-2000); enhance teachers’ ability to use American art in meaningful and innovative ways as part of the curriculum; and advance teachers’ skills in guiding students to think critically about American art, develop personal connections and creative responses to it, and understand its relationship to history and culture; and 2) the development and dissemination of instructional resources that help students think critically about works of American art, develop personal connections and responses to it, and understand its relationships to history and culture (past and present). Projects in this category should include training that introduces teachers to these resources and helps them plan strategies for integrating them into their curricula.
Projects must be focused primarily on teachers in Chicago Public Schools and other Chicago-based schools. The foundation has a strong preference for projects that involve individuals with expertise in American art history and visual studies in the development and delivery of program content; that provide time and support necessary for teachers to plan ways to incorporate works of American art into their curricula; that include support structures and follow-up designed to help teachers use American art in their curricula on an ongoing basis, to reflect on their progress, and to document the effectiveness of their work; that include opportunities for teachers to collaborate and share their work with one another and others in their professional community; and that provide opportunities for teachers and their students to experience works of American art in Chicago collections.
Eligible applicants include institutions and organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental agencies.
Letters of Intent are due by May 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a formal proposal by July 12, 2019.
See the Terra Foundation for American Art website for compete program guidelines and application instructions.