Assistance for Arts Education

Well Rounded Education Programs


Discretionary/Competitive Grants Assistance for Arts Education

What’s New

In FY 2022, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $8 million in a new grant for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) grant program to the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.  For more information about this award and other past competitions, visit the Awards page.

Program Overview

The  Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) program promotes arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities, through activities such as (a) professional development for arts educators, teachers, and principals; (b) development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines; and (c) community and national outreach activities that strengthen and expand partnerships among schools, local educational agencies (LEAs), communities, or centers for the arts, including national centers for the arts.

AAE Program Officers & Grant Portfolio

Sharon Burton

Asheley McBride

Grantee Name

Grantee Name

ArtsNow, Inc., GA     

Hoonah City Schools, CA

Distinctive Schools, IL

Dramatic Results, CA

Arts Partners, Inc., KS

Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Inc., CA

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., KS 

Humboldt County Office of Education, CA

Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, Inc., KY

LA Promise Fund, CA

Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, KY 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin, CA

Arts Every Day, Inc.  MD

Konocti Unified School District, CA

Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska, Univ Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

Tulare County Office of Education, CA 

Center for Educational Innovation, NY

Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), CA

Cleveland Play House, OH

Minnesota Department of Education, MN

Winthrop University, SC

Partnership with Children Inc., NY

The University of Tennessee, TN

Patchogue Arts Council Inc., NY

Texas A&M University-San Antonio, TX

Young Audiences, Inc., NY


National Art Education Association, VA


John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, DC (Arts in Educational National Program AENP)

Contact Information

  • Simon Earle, PhD
    Group Leader - Arts in Education Program
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave., SW
    Washington, DC 20202