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Information for Title I Schools | Other resources

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Baltimore City schools
Rural County schools
Individual Counties:
Anne Arundel
Prince George’s
Queen Anne’s
St. Mary’s

Access for All Initiative (Baltimore City Schools)


Access for All

Thanks to generous donors and support from Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore Office of Promotions and The Arts, Young Audiences artists and programs are available to high-need Baltimore City Public Schools at up to 80% off of the cost (a $400 assembly could cost you only $80!) through the Access for All Initiative. This opportunity helps principals with limited resources provide hands-on learning in the arts that supplements and enriches the curriculum.

Schools can choose from:

  • 60 different assemblies/performances
  • 40 different artist-in-residence programs
  • 20 different individual workshops
  • Professional development workshops for educators

Access for All Paper App

Arts Every Day Schools: Arts Every Day funds CAN NOW be used to pay the 20% match for an Access for All program!

Access for All
Early Learning Through the Arts Initiative
(Baltimore City Schools)

Access for All Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts

Thanks to the Office of Early Learning and generous donors, Young Audiences and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts can now offer high-need Baltimore City preschool and kindergarten classrooms the opportunity to bring in a master teaching artist for an 8-week, 16-session residency at 80 to 90% off of the cost. This opportunity helps principals with limited resources provide hands-on learning in the arts that supplements and enriches the curriculum.

Access for All Paper App

Read more about Maryland Wolf Trap here.


Rural Access for All (Rural County schools)

Schools, libraries and community centers in 18 Maryland counties are eligible for this funding. Thanks to funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, BGE, GEICO, and the Maryland State Arts Council, Young Audiences arts assemblies are available at 40% of the program fee, including mileage.

Young Audiences is dedicated to serving communities outside of the Baltimore-Washington Corridor. This funding resource has been reserved for these counties: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, or Worcester.

For more information about Rural Access for All, click here. Read more about the Rural Access program in action!: “Kids get ‘Rumpled at QA’s county library branches” (Star Democrat, July 2012)

Thank you to our Rural Access for All supporters


Anne Arundel
Anne Arundel Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: These grants are used to fund artistically-driven educational programs. Public and private schools can apply for one residency and one auditorium grant per school year.

Arts Council of Calvert County Arts in Education Grants: These grants are to support artistic presentations that further the cultural arts development of students in state-chartered public and private schools.

Carroll County Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: These grants are for the sole purpose of bringing Maryland artists and performers into public schools for residencies, workshops, or assembly performances.

Cecil County Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: These grants are designed to promote, strengthen, and enhance the arts and arts education in Cecil County’s elementary and secondary schools and other community settings.

Charles County Arts Alliance Arts in Education Grants: These grants are designed to promote, strengthen, and enhance the arts and arts education in Charles County’s elementary and secondary schools.

Frederick Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: These grants are designed to help teachers enhance their arts curricula by drawing upon the talents of artists and arts organizations in our community. Schools can submit up to two grants each school year and must be matched one-to-one.

Garrett County Arts Council Grants: Grants are awarded to local organizations and schools for the presentation of arts activities in the community.

Harford County Cultural Arts Board Arts in Education Grants: These grants assist schools in booking artists (performing, literary, and visual artists) throughout the state who would bring new and additional arts programming into the schools.

Howard County Arts Center Arts in Education Grants: These grants place professional artists in residence at private and public K-12 schools to help students foster creative exploration.

Kent County Arts Council Grants: Grants are awarded for individual projects or events.

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Arts Integration Residency Grants: These grants support individual teaching artists trained in curriculum-based arts integration techniques who collaborate with a classroom teacher to develop an arts-integrated program for students during the school day.

Trawick Foundation Grants: This grant funds projects that encourage, support, and expand creative activities in Montgomery County.

Prince George’s
Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Grants: Grants are awarded for a variety of arts education projects, including school-based projects, community-based projects, artist-in-residence projects, and professional development projects. Applicants may submit one Arts Education Program application per grant cycle. The application deadline for programs occurring between May 1 and December 31, 2014, is Thursday, April 17, by 5 p.m.

Queen Anne’s
Queen Anne’s County Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: With these grants, schools are eligible for initiatives which include: dance, music, performance, and literary programs.

St. Mary’s
St. Mary’s County Arts Council Grants: Grants are awarded annually to local organizations and schools for the presentation of arts activities in the community.

Talbot County Arts Council Arts in Education Grants: These grants are for visiting performers and artist-in-residence programs in public and private elementary and secondary schools.

Talbot County Arts Council Mini-Grants: These grants are awarded to both nonprofit organizations and schools for special arts-related purposes and programs. They may be requested at any time.

Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council Arts Enhanced Education Grants: These grants are awarded to individual teachers or a “team” of one arts discipline teacher (music, theatre, or visual) and one core discipline teacher (math, science, reading, social studies, etc.). This option has been made available to encourage teachers to work together to develop new, creative project ideas using the arts as a tool to teach their curricula. The next grant deadline is December 5, 2014, and funds up to $1,000 for projects.

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Education Awards Program Grants: The Community Foundation’s Education Awards Grant Program provides support for classroom-based programs in public and private schools (Pre-K through grade 12) on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County). For additional eligibility detail, please visit the MSDE nonpublic school website. Eligible private schools must be on the MSDE nonpublic schools list. The Foundation funds up to $5,000 for a project.  The application deadline is typically the end of August each year.

Local Management Board / Wicomico Partnership Funding: All funding opportunities for local nonprofits focused on afterschool programming are posted online as they become available. All Requests for Proposals are posted on the Wicomico County Government Bid Board. Afterschool grants are typically released during July of each year for funding beginning in September to coincide with the start of the school year (as funding is available).

By Program Type

Assembly program grants
Artist-in-residence program grants

MSAC AiE Performing Arts Grants (Assembly program grants)

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) awards Young Audiences several thousand Arts In Education (AiE) grant dollars each year. This money can be used to subsidize up to a third of the cost of a program by an MSAC-approved performing artist. Both public and private schools are eligible for funding. These funds can only be used for performances–not workshops or artist-in-residence programs. Young Audiences targets this money to underserved areas, which include Title I or rural schools, and limits sites to two program subsidies.

MSAC Maryland Touring Grants (Assembly program grants for nonprofit venues)

MSAC Maryland Touring Grants can help you bring a Young Audiences performing artist to your Maryland-based nonprofit organization to diversify your current artistic programming and provide audiences with high-quality performances. This opportunity can subsidize up to 50% of the presentation of artists on the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster to eligible Maryland-based nonprofit organizations.

The Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster is comprised of Maryland-based performing artists who have been selected through a peer review process in which they are rated on artistic merit and on a demonstrated history of successful touring engagements.

The deadline for this grant opportunity has passed. Please contact us at 410-837-7577 to learn how you can apply for this funding in the future.

MSAC AiE Artist-in-Residence Grants (Artist-in-residence program grants)

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) provides schools with AiE grants to support artist-in-residence programs. These grants can subsidize up to 30 percent of the total cost of a Young Audiences residency program, including travel costs.

Young Audiences staff and teaching artists work collaboratively with you to develop and implement a program tailored to the specific needs of your school. Our artists have received extensive training to tie their art forms to a wide variety of Common Core connections to support your teaching and to help reach students of all learning styles.

Learn more about MSAC’s Artist-in-Residence grants and how to apply.


Not sure what an artist-in-residence program entails? Hear from an artist and teacher partner in this short video!



Information for Title I Schools

We believe the arts can help Title I schools achieve their goals through embedded professional development for teachers in arts integration. Young Audiences has implemented several arts-integrated programs in Title I schools across Maryland to improve student achievement in reading and math. Read more by downloading this one-page flier: Title I Funding – Improving Teaching Practice through the Arts.

Title I Funding - Improving Teaching Practice through the Arts

Other information: This site provides resources for school leaders who wish to embrace arts programming among their strategies for achieving Title I goals.

Other resources

Young Audiences partners with several generous individuals and foundations to make our programs accessible. While many of our donors have specific sites that they wish to sponsor, if you are in need of funding to bring one of our programs to your area, please contact us. We may be able to help. Below is a list of additional places to look for funding for your arts-in-education programs:

Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination: The U.S. Department Of Education awards grants for innovative, cohesive models that have demonstrated their effectiveness in integrating arts into the elementary and middle school curriculum; strengthening arts instruction in these grades; and improving academic performance, including skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

Crayola Grant Program: This program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools.

The Foundation Center: Lists information on funding organizations and allows users to search for grants and funding and provides guidance for grant seekers.

National Education Association Foundation: Provides professional development arts grants for teachers and support personnel to improve student learning.

Professional Development for Arts Educators: These U.S. Department of Education grants support professional development programs for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts educators and other instructional staff of K-12 students in high-poverty schools. The purpose of this program is to: strengthen standards-based arts-in-education programs; ensure all students meet state academic content and achievement standards in the arts; and integrate arts instruction with other core academic-area content. Abstracts of past grants are available here.

Target Corporation: Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students’ classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residence programs, and workshops in schools. Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000, and programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015. The application deadline is April 30 at 1 p.m. EST.

Title I Officers: Under NCLB, Title I, Part A funds can be used by local education agencies to improve the educational achievement of disadvantaged students through the arts.

Title II Officers: Portions of Title II funds can support partnerships that include nonprofit, cultural-arts organizations.

Your PTA: Many PTAs are willing to raise money or already have money allocated to support arts enrichment activities.

Local Foundations: Many local grant makers (i.e., The Baltimore Community Foundation) make grants to organizations that serve children and families through the arts.

Businesses: Corporations such as Target, Bank of America, Starbucks and Wal-mart offer grants to schools. Visit their community relations page on their website or stop by a local branch/store to ask how to apply for a grant.