NSBA and Kennedy Center seeking local school boards for a $10,000 arts education award


Nominations are now open for the annual arts education award for school boards given by the National School Boards Association and the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. The award, which comes with $10,000, honors a school board that has provided high-quality arts education in its school district.

The KCAAN and NSBA Award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines—visual arts, music, theater, and dance—in their programs.

The program accepts only one nomination per U.S. state, which must be coordinated with the local state school boards association, state alliance for arts education, or both organizations jointly. (School boards in every U.S. state are eligible for nomination regardless of whether their state has a state alliance.) Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of the KCAAEN and NSBA.

The national award is presented at NSBA’s Annual Conference, which will be held April 5-7, 2014, in New Orleans.

The Austin, Texas school board received the 2013 award for strategic planning that incorporated arts education into Austin schools’ core curriculum. The district set measurable goals and standards to ensure the program’s success and then used that data to guide its budget and strategic planning. For more information, visit the KCAAN website here  http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/kcaaen/recognition/home.html.

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