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Awards/Recognition for Arts Education

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have provided an avenue for young artists and writers, in grades 7-12, to receive recognition and rewards for their creative achievements since 1923. Use this site to learn more about the Awards, find information about how to enter in your region or experience some of the award-winners from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2000.

National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards
Recognizes outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people by providing them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. These awards focus national attention on exemplary programs currently fostering the creative and intellectual development of America’s children and youth through education and practical experience in the arts and the humanities.

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Recognizes a local school board for outstanding support of the arts in education. This national award has been presented annually since 1988 to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district, community, state or special jurisdiction.

Nat. Assoc. for Gifted Children Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development 
This scholarship program strives to identify passionate, innovative educators in communities across the country where students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are historically under-represented in gifted programs.

GRAMMY Signature School Award

GRAMMY Signature School awards are given to high school music programs that are keeping music programs alive and well despite budgets and school politics. Each school gets a GRAMMY Award and a cash prize of up to $10,000. Schools compete in different categories based on excellence or need.

VANS Custom Culture Grant Program

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.

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