Portland Ovations’ Bus Subsidy
Portland Ovations subsidizes transportation for Maine schools with populations of 50% or more free/reduced lunch attending school-time performances. Grants up to $400 are available. Subsidies through Destination Portland are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ticket to Ride:
Maine Arts Commission’s Bus Subsidy
Any K-12 school in Maine may apply for one grant of up to $300 each school year. Any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater will be eligible to apply for one grant of up to $500 each school year. Ticket to Ride funds can supplement transportation funds from Destination Portland.
Culture Club- Portland
Culture Club-Portland formed in September, 2012 to provide funding for every student in Portland Public School district to participate in one program at each of the following organizations: Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations, and Portland Stage. Funds will be applied automatically based on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Target Arts Grants
Target offers grants to schools and nonprofits that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. These programs must have a curriculum component. Field trips must take place between February and December 2016.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program
Awards of $500 are given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. They also represent an opportunity for educators, whose efforts are often inadequately funded or recognized, to create special activities outside the standard curriculum and make time to encourage their students.
Maine Arts Commission: Arts Learning Grant
The Arts Learning Grant encourages schools, arts organizations/institutions and community based teaching artists to collaborate on the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for pre-K-12 students.
The Mazda Foundation is dedicated to building a better tomorrow through support of meaningful programs that make a difference and promote education and literacy, cross-cultural understanding and social welfare.
ME Arts Ed Blog
Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education, maintains a blog to communicate what’s happening in arts education – join the conversation!
Maine Alliance for Arts & Education
The mission of the Maine Alliance for Arts & Education is to promote and advocate for arts, culture, and educational excellence in visual art, music, theater, dance, and writing in all Maine schools and communities.
Arts Education Partnership
AEP serves as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, improving arts education practice, and researching how art influences and strengthens American education.
AEP has compiled a comprehensive, accessible summary of reports supporting the benefits of Arts Education: Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education