PCAH Announces New Grants to Stimulate Inclusion of the Arts with Math and SciencePCAH Announces New Grants to Stimulate Inclusion of the Arts with Math and Science

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is collaborating with Ovation, America’s only arts network, and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to introduce the second annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program. This year’s innOVATION grant awards will be made to schools that have developed model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs

“The President's Committee has made increasing access to arts education a signature focus over the last four years, and we are thrilled to partner in this program to highlight the exciting intersection between STEM subjects and the arts," said Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "It is in the intersection between these two core areas that we can best foster the kind of innovative, creative and problem-solving learning that our students need to compete in the world today.”

Up to eight schools with exemplary STEAM programs, will receive $10,000 innOVATION STEAM grants. Elementary through high school-level schools within the United States, including charter and magnet schools, are eligible to apply online at www.ovationtv.com/innovation-steam. The submission deadline is October 28. The final eight grant award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony in Washington, DC, in early 2014.

Efforts to support STEAM are growing due to interest in linking the arts with other curricular areas also related to creativity and innovation. One example of the growth of the STEAM movement can be seen in the recently introduced House Resolution on STEAM (H. RES. 51), which calls for policy changes that will encourage educators to integrate broadly defined arts with traditional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum. This resolution mirrors local efforts focused on encouraging the creativity needed to drive the innovation economy forward. The resolution further encourages the inclusion of art and design in the STEM fields during reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act, and for a STEM to STEAM Council to facilitate a comprehensive approach to incorporate art into Federal STEM programs.

For further information on the 2nd Annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program, please visit www.ovationtv.com/innovation-steam.