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MetLife Foundation provides support for arts education

on Thursday,April 09,2009 20:04

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The National Guild of Community Schools has received $275,000 from the MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program.

The program''s goal is to improve teaching and learning in the arts by promoting sustainable partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools.

It plans to distribute grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2009-2010 school year.

The grants are awarded based on strict criteria which include best practices in creating and sustaining effective collaborations, sound arts education experiences, student achievement and quality of learning as well as adherence to national, state or local arts education standards.

"Over the past two decades, the National Guild has researched and identified best practices for high quality arts education partnerships that have powerful long-term effects on students, faculty, institutions and communities," says executive director Jonathan Herman.

"[The arts education program] promotes and supports these practices, thereby increasing access to quality arts education for public school children across America," he adds.

During the current school year, more than 12,000 students at 53 public schools in eight cities are receiving arts instruction thanks to 15 partnerships funded last year by the Partners in Arts Education Program.
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