The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Chicago K-12 Education Grants program. Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of activities that bring the art of the United States (circa 1500–2000) into Chicago’s classrooms, with the aim of helping teachers enrich curricula and enhance learning.
Activities supported through the program include:
1. Professional-development programs designed to deepen Chicago teachers’’ knowledge of the art and visual culture of the United States (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, make personal connections and creative responses to it, and understand its relationships to history and culture (past and present).
2. The development and dissemination of instructional resources about the art of the United States, with a focus on helping students think critically about works of American art, make personal connections to it, and understand its relationships to history and culture (past and present). Such projects should include training that introduces teachers to these resources and helps them plan strategies for integrating those resources into their curricula.
The foundation will prioritize projects that involve individuals with expertise in American art history and visual studies in the development and delivery of program content; provide time and support necessary for teachers to plan ways to incorporate works of American art into their curricula that are standards-aligned and tailored to students’ needs and interests; include support structures and followup designed to help teachers use American art in their curricula on an ongoing basis, reflect on their progress and document the effectiveness of their work; include opportunities for teachers to collaborate and share their work; and provide opportunities for teachers and their students to experience works of American art in Chicago collections.
Programs and instructional resources must be aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts (CCSS-ELA), Illinois Fine Arts Learning Standards, and other relevant standards.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code or be a governmental organization. In addition, the project must be directed primarily to teachers in Chicago Public Schools or other Chicago-based schools.
Letters of Inquiry are due August 13. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 2, 2021.
See the Terra Foundation for American Art website for compete program guidelines and application instructions.