Art Tech Grant: Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Courses Demonstration Grants Program

Art Tech Project Announcement

In September, 2020, Oklahoma State Department of Education was awarded the Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Demonstration Grant. This $5.8 million dollar, 5-year grant will restore arts education in Oklahoma schools currently without arts programming. This project is in partnership with the Oklahoma Arts Council, University of Central Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation, the Osage Nation, and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR).

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Art Tech Project Purpose 

The purpose of the Art Tech grant is to restore and sustain arts education into schools currently without arts programs by creating partnerships and investments that leverage the collective experience, wisdom, and resources of our communities. Our partners, including the Oklahoma Arts Council, Osage Nation, Chickasaw Nation, and the University of Central Oklahoma, will recruit and train 30 teaching artists within school communities and develop online arts curriculum and resources. At the conclusion of the five-year grant, eight (8) hybrid courses will be implemented in partner districts, impacting approximately 20,000 students.

To learn more, view the Art Tech Project Abstract.

 Art Tech is Accepting Applications 

The Art Tech grant is actively seeking participating schools for the 2021-2022 school year for PK-5. 

Participating schools selected for the upcoming year will receive:

  • Curriculum in Visual Arts, Dance, Music, and Drama/Theatre designed for classroom teachers, aligned to Oklahoma Fine Arts Standards. Curriculum is culturally responsive, and accessible for all students to participate.
  • Teaching Artists from the local or nearby arts community that will facilitate an in-person, student centered Arts Experience and support classroom teachers in implementing the curriculum.
  • Monthly Arts Experiences facilitated by Teaching Artists that culminate the learning students engage in throughout the month in preparation or as a deeper exploration of the work demonstrated or performance in the Arts Experience. 
  • An Arts Specialist will be assigned to your school to ensure successful implementation and support of the schools' Art Tech leaders and stakeholders.

The Art Tech program provides all these services and any necessary supplies for the curriculum at no cost to the school.

If you are interested in learning more about Art Tech, please complete this Interest Survey.

If your school is interested in applying for the PK-5 program for 2021-2022 school year, please complete the Art Tech School application. Deadline to apply for the fall is May 14th, 2021.

If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to be a Teaching Artist for the 2021-2022 school year for the PK-5 program, please check out the job position.


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Last updated on October 13, 2021