UNC Receives NEA Grant to Support Research into Student Movement and Arts Institute for K-12 Teachers

Connie Stewart

Connie Stewart

The National Endowment for the Arts today awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $25,000 grant to support research of student movement and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education.

UNC was the only university to receive a grant of this kind in Colorado.

The funding supports a two-year study to determine how much school-age children move throughout the school day. In addition, the grant provides funding for the long-running Arts Education Leadership Institute for K-12 teachers.

UNC's Center for Integrated Arts Education annually hosts the institute for Colorado educators. The institute focuses on improving quality of arts programs and arts integration practices in schools.

"The purpose of the CIAE Institute is to bring new awareness of the importance of the arts to our culture and to the education of our children," said Connie Stewart, associate professor of the School of Art and Design and director of the institute.

The NEA grant supports the summer institute in 2014, and the center is planning to accommodate 15 school teams of up to eight members of teachers and administrators in addition to 30 teachers and students attending as individuals.

Registration details for the 2014 institute will be forthcoming. Information for this summer's institute, "Mapping New Terrain: Arts Applied," which features live performance, workshops and speakers, is at: http://www.arts.unco.edu/ciae/institute

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

Acting NEA Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

For more on UNC's Center for Integrated Arts Education, visit http://www.arts.unco.edu/ciae/