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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.


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.


APL Professional Development Forum: Connecting Teachers, the Common Core and Community Resources

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Buffalo Zoo, Zoo School (in Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY), Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Teachers and cultural educators came together to learn how arts and cultural programs throughout Western New York are aligned to help schools address the Common Core learning standards.  For more information, visit the APL Events page here. Photos from the workshops are posted on the APL Facebook page.


School Program Applications for WNY Schools

Western New York schools are eligible to apply for Arts Partners for Learning Creative Learning Programs.  The current round of applications is for programs that can occur between September 2014 and June 2015. All schools in WNY are eligible though APL is giving high priority to schools in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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. The deadline to apply for this round is Friday, June 13, 2014.

Click here for the APL school application 2014-15 in PDF format.

Applicants need to identify their preferred APL programs on the applications. Review program selections on the APL Programs page.


Request for New Programs

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for cultural organizations to participate in programming through the Arts Partners for Learning initiative.  The goals of this initiative include expanding access to arts education for children in the eight counties of Western New York, and improving the capacity of cultural organizations in these counties to provide quality creative learning programs.  We are looking for arts and cultural programs, professional development for teachers, and outside of school program proposals provided by not for profits.  Non-arts, cultural organizations may submit programs including those focusing on science, math, history, architecture, etc.

Click here for the Request for Programs page