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Lincoln County, Mo. - The Arts and Education Council announced today that applications for the 2021-2022 academic year Arts and Education Fund for Teachers Grants are now open. Since 2009, the Arts and Education Council has distributed over a quarter of a million dollars to 80 schools for art education across the bi-state region. These grants, supported by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation and Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis with additional support provided by individual donors, promote classroom-based art projects and artistic opportunities that engage students in the creative process. 

“The past school year held many challenges for educators and students alike. We’re thrilled to provide this critical support to educators in our community,” shared Arts and Education Council Manager of Grants and Programs Jessireé Jenkins. “Not only does arts education bring joy into classrooms, but it also contributes to increases in participation and understanding of core subjects and ultimately graduation rates.”

Teachers at schools in the Arts and Education Council’s 16-county bi-state region may apply directly for a grant to use during the 2021-2022 academic year. The arts have the power to transform education both by improving learning of core curriculum and by teaching skills like collaboration and critical thinking. These grants will provide meaningful arts education opportunities for youth at all grade levels. Arts organizations that work in local schools are encouraged to share this opportunity with teachers they work with. Grants can be used to fund arts activities that include partnership with local arts organizations, but the teacher must apply for the grant directly. 

Applications for the Arts and Education Fund for Teachers are due September 9 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Teachers should demonstrate how the proposed project provides meaningful art education, inspires youth and engages minds. A volunteer grant panel made up of the Grants and Programs Committee of the Arts and Education Council’s Board of Directors and representatives from the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis determines grant awards. Awardees will be notified and announced in October. For specific criteria and application information, visit KeepArtHappening.org/arts-and-education-fund-for-teachers.