National_Guild_New_Logo_epsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 14, 2013

Contact: Heather Ikemire

 (212) 268-3337 ext. 10

                                                                                    Nandika Madgavkar

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MetLife Foundation and National Guild Announce

$215,000 in Grants to 12 Exemplary Arts Education Partnerships


August 14, 2013—New YorkMetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education announce the recipients of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. Grants totaling $215,000 have been awarded to 12 nonprofit arts education organizations that will provide quality arts instruction to more than 11,300 K-12 public school students during the 2013–2014 academic year. Each grantee also will help increase each school’s capacity to provide arts education.

The grantees are:

Click here for a description of each partnership.

National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman said: “For two decades the National Guild has been researching, supporting, and fostering best practices in K-12 arts education partnerships that have powerful, long-term effects on students, faculty, institutions, and communities. The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program supports exemplary partnerships that not only provide outstanding arts instruction but model effective partnership practices for the field. Grantees demonstrate Guild members’ high level of commitment to the values of quality, accessibility, and accountability. Since its launch in 2005, the program has directly benefitted 97 community arts education organizations, 652 public schools, and 71,000 students.”

“MetLife Foundation believes that arts education is critical to promoting learning and understanding of the world and its diverse cultures,” said Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “We are proud to support these outstanding arts organizations and we share the National Guild’s commitment to making arts education accessible to children across the country.”

In addition to the individual grants, MetLife Foundation’s Partners in Arts Education Program will sponsor the pre-conference institute, Developing High-Impact Collaborations with K-12 Schools,  (October 30, 2013) at the Guild’s 76th annual Conference for Community Arts Education in Chicago, IL. The goal of the institute is to provide community arts education organizations the tools, training, and know-how to develop successful arts education partnerships.

Other resources available through MetLife Foundation’s Partners in Arts Education Program include Partners in Excellence: A Guide to Community School of the Arts/Public School Partnerships from Inspiration to Implementation and Profiles in Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Arts Education Partnerships. Both are available free of charge through the Guild’s website,; hard copies may be purchased by phone at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.

The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations and programs by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, funding, and high-profile leadership. Our member organizations collectively serve more than 1.2 million students, employ 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional six million Americans each year through performances and exhibitions in rural, suburban and urban communities across the nation. Their impact on the lives of students and communities they serve is enduring and profound.

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to carry on MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has made more than $570 million in grants. Visit

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