Overview

band member

The College Board is pleased to announce the 2014 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that serve students in grades 6–12 and that promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:

  1. Arts Integration
    The arts integration award will recognize a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the 6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.
  2. Equity Through Arts
    This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.
  3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships
    This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national nonprofits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline has now passed. Winners will be chosen by mid-May 2014.

Email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.