TAC Funds Arts Pathways for Youth Success

Tennessee Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Jan 16, 2025 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $12,000

Fields of work: Youth Involvement in the Arts Youth Services Art Education Academic Success & Enrichment

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Public Elementary / Secondary School, School District

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee

Overview:

Arts Pathways for Youth Success

Arts Pathways for Youth Success grants provide funds for out-of-school time projects serving youth from communities and groups that have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented, meeting the following objective and one or more strategies:

Objective: Prepare students for success in school, career and life through the arts.

  • Strategy 1: Advance arts education and arts integration initiatives that develop 21st century learning and literacy skills.
  • Strategy 2: Nurture initiatives that build skills to prepare students for jobs in the creative sector.
  • Strategy 3: Encourage positive youth development through the arts.

This category provides funds to support out-of-school time, arts learning programs designed for underserved and underrepresented youth in grades PK-12, which may include ethnic groups*, youth with disabilities, and youth from low-income backgrounds. 

*Ethnic groups are defined as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or other groups that constitute less than the state’s current majority population.
Eligible projects must provide hands-on, experiential arts learning activities. Professional artists must be integral to the project and provide primary instruction in one or more of the following artistic disciplines: performing, visual, literary, and/or folk arts.

Projects using Strategy 1 are encouraged to:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the artistic advancement of skills and knowledge for students.
  • link content to arts and non-arts (if applicable) state and/or national curriculum standards and explain how the standards will be incorporated as part of instruction.
  • explain how standards relate to the project outcomes being evaluated.

Projects using Strategy 2 are encouraged to:

  • offer work-based learning opportunities to shadow professionals in the creative sector.
  • develop creative sector work readiness knowledge, attitudes, and skills in students.
  • incorporate portfolios for students to demonstrate skills development.

Projects using Strategy 3 are encouraged to:

  • create a safe and affirming environment conducive to positive youth development through the arts.
  • foster relationship-building and social skill development through small-group interaction, collaboration with professional and student artists, and community engagement.
  • promote student ownership by involving participants in planning, leadership roles, and developing student voice.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be one of the following:
    • nonprofit organizations or government agencies with a primary mission to serve youth
    • libraries
    • nonprofit arts organizations
    • PK-12 schools or school systems (public or schools with nonprofit 501(c)3 status)
  • Requested funds must be listed under one or two expense categories on the budget page for one or two of the following:
    • Professional contracted artist fees
    • In-state travel and/or lodging for artists
    • Space rental (for locations in which the applicant must pay to use and is not currently renting)
    • Marketing
    • Consumable supplies related to the project

Ineligibility:

  • Arts organizations that receive revenue directly from a “New Specialty Earmarked Plate” under T.C.A 55-4-301 (a)(1) are ineligible for Commission grant funding.
  • Ineligible uses of funding include:
    • Projects in which the artist is to serve as the arts teacher in the absence of any ongoing arts education programs
    • Permanent staff of an organization
    • Incentives for participation
    • Cash awards
    • Performances, demonstrations, or exhibits with only minimal impact and limited hands-on participation
    • Field trips
    • Competitions and/or tours in which students are presenting, performing, and/or exhibiting
    • Out-of-state travel
    • Individual private lesson instruction
    • Payment for apprentices or interns
    • Capital outlay for permanent or non-consumable materials or equipment purchases (such as musical instruments, books, cameras, easels, etc.)
    • Planned fundraising activities
    • After-school clubs
    • Scholarships or competitions
    • Food
    • Grant writing fees
    • Non-classical art forms including, but not limited to culinary arts, martial arts, healing arts, exercise programs, acrobatics or gymnastics (exceptions exist – contact the Commission for details)
    • Payments to an employee or official of the State of Tennessee (exceptions exist – contact the Commission for details)
    • Guest artists to exhibit, direct, choreograph, or conduct productions or performances

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This page was last reviewed November 08, 2023 and last updated November 08, 2023