RESTON, VA |  April 5, 2013 is the deadline for application for College Board’s 2013 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The College Board is accepting applications for the 2013 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The annual award recognizes the achievements of six member institutions which have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

One school from each of the College Board’s six regions will be awarded $3,500 to support the continuation and growth of their programs. Of the six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,500. Regional winners will be honored at their respective College Board Regional Forums; the national winner also will be honored at the College Board National Forum.

Applications should highlight programs that expand student potential by promoting creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills. The College Board encourages programs that utilize arts programming as a tool to improve education in general and as a solution to achieve access and equity for all students; integrate the arts across the curriculum, recognizing that interdisciplinary collaboration is an invaluable learning tool; promote ways to ensure that the global arts, which include folk, traditional, indigenous and classical arts, are integrated into its programs and services; promote the engagement of professional artists and scholars in the classroom; initiate and sustain alliances with community organizations to develop collaborations that support the arts in education; recognize civic engagement as an invaluable component of an arts education; and develop partnerships between teachers and across grade levels in order to create dynamic multilevel learning environments for students.

Programs must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions or member districts serving grades 6-12. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible, but semifinalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply.

See the College Board Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.

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