Arts Partners for Learning and Young Audiences are pleased to announce that Western New York schools are eligible to apply for Arts Partners for Learning creative learning programs, which occur between September and June each academic school year. Schools may book performances, workshops, residences, and field trips with cultural organizations that utilize the arts as a text to achieve Next Generation Learning Standards at any grade level. Up to 90% of program costs for long-term residencies will be covered for selected schools.

To be eligible schools must be: located in one of the 8 counties of Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming; a public or charter school; and/or have a student population where at least 30% of students qualify for a free or reduced lunch, or who lack regular visual arts and music instruction or arts enrichment opportunities. To apply schools must complete a simple application form and attach a narrative describing the school’s need for quality arts programming.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applications. 

Selected Schools will be required to:

– Provide a portion of the total program costs for a total not to exceed $1,000

– Return signed Memorandum of Understanding within two weeks to secure programming

– Provide for bussing if program includes a field trip

– Participate in a short survey upon program completion

If these requirements are not met, your school will not be eligible for future financial assistance.

Arts Partners for Learning’s mission is to expand access to arts education for children in the eight counties of Western New York, and to improve the capacity of cultural organizations in these counties to provide quality creative learning programs. Working through a united cultural community, and with managing partner Young Audiences, arts organizations and artists have gained significant leverage to improve arts education services provided to children in the eight counties of Western New York.