Arts Partners for Learning’s mission is to expand access to arts education for children in the eight counties of WNY, and to improve the capacity of cultural organizations in these counties to provide quality creative learning programs.
School Program Application for WNY Schools – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 1
Western New York schools are eligible to apply for Arts Partners for Learning Creative Learning Programs which can occur between December 2013 and June 2014. Eligible schools must be located in one of the eight counties of Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.
At least 90% of program costs will be covered for selected schools thanks to grants from the Fund for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts.
Deadline to apply is
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Extended to Friday, November 1
Click here for the APL School Program Application in PDF format. (Note: If choosing Field Trips, select Workshops on the form).
Review program selections on the APL Programs page.
Arts Abilities Conference – November 15, 2013
The 6th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference is now taking registration here. The conference focuses on utilizing arts integration strategies – across all curriculum topics – as a tool for supporting young people at risk of educational failure. Participants will learn innovative and applicable techniques for creating an engaging learning environment through the arts. See more details on the APL Events page here.
What is Arts Partners for Learning (APL)?
APL is a regional partnership that was formed in 2011 with support from the Fund for the Arts, John R. Oishei Foundation, and Young Audiences, Inc. with the vision to create opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and professional artists to work with schools and ultimately improve the educational outcomes for children.
Led by a Leadership Team composed of leaders from the arts, cultural, education, and philanthropic sectors of Western New York, APL aims to bring arts and cultural programs to schools that are standards-based and integrated throughout the curriculum. Now in its second year, APL is comprised of over 20 partners from the arts and cultural community who provide nearly 50 programs to area schools. APL hosts professional development events for partners and others seeking best practices from across the country to improve the educational outcomes for students.
The map above represents the arts and cultural learning opportunities provided by cultural organizations in the eight counties of Western New York. Learn more about this June 2012 survey conducted by Arts Partners for Learning.