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Engaging Creative Thinkers (ECT) Project Awards

We invite PIA Consortium member teachers to submit a team-driven application for a PIA ECT Award.

PIA ECT Awards support interdisciplinary projects that integrate creativity in the classroom while serving as models of partnership among schools, school systems, artists and arts organizations, and community professionals.

ECT projects engage teachers, students and families while developing creativity and critical thinking skills that support true learning in the classroom.

Project Framework

We invite proposals of projects that align with one of three conceptual frameworks:

  1. Community History
  2. Environmental Exploration
  3. Community Inquiry

Project Support & Experience Levels

Proposals may seek one of three funding and experience levels:

  • Emerging (Initializing a new ECT project; paired with Sustaining/Leading mentor team)
  • Sustaining (Sustaining an existing ECT project; paired with Emerging mentor team)
  • Leading (Expanding an existing ECT project for school- or division-wide implementation; paired with Emerging and/or Sustaining mentor team)

Review details and contacts below, then continue to the Application page.

Background

PIA supports comprehensive ECT projects that align with our mission and achieve our outcome goals of sustainable, cross-curricular arts integration. We combine our two main programs, the Joan Oates Institute and the PIA ECT Awards, to support sustained implementation of cross-curricular creativity in the classroom. Project funding includes advanced training in arts integration, consulting as you further develop the project, and implementation support.

We have updated the ECT Award format to utilize the PIA Consortium network with peer-to-peer best practices, sustained training and regional growth. The new framework and funding level model will help provide more in-depth training, workshops and assessment tools that are specific to your school and all teachers: academic, arts, special needs and resource. 

Projects may be implemented in a few classrooms, at one or more grade levels, or through the entire school. Project length can be a few lessons,  a week or two, or, in special cases, a semester or the whole school year.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the PIA ECT Awards or to have a PIA staff member come to your school to discuss project ideas with a team of teachers.

We also advise you to contact your school system (contacts are listed below) to check on their guidelines for submitting grant applications.

Conceptual Frameworks

Engaging Creative Thinkers (ETC) Awards will align with one of three conceptual frameworks.

Community History

Explore history, possibly of the school, local community or other defined area, and utilize a variety of tools to research, explore and engage. Examples include:

Environmental Exploration

Explore watersheds, climates and ecosystems. Examples include:

Community Inquiry

Explore, research and solve a community problem or concern. Examples might include:

  • Food desert in east end/Henrico
  • Bridge Park RVA
  • Heritage/History
  • Baseball Stadium
  • Learner-directed stations
Funding Levels

Engaging Creative Thinkers (ECT) Awards will seek one of three levels of funding:

Emerging Award

Emerging Award proposals seek initial funding to initiate a PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers project. Projects accepted for an Emerging Award will receive a comprehensive package that includes:

  • Scholarships for up to 4 teachers to attend the 2016 Joan Oates Institute — Up to $2,600 value
  • Project-specific teacher training, consulting, and professional development by PIA staff — Up to $3,500 in-kind
  • Visiting artist/expert fees and implementation expenses — $1,500-$5,000 sent to your school or system grants office

Applicants should submit a general draft budget for the $1,500-$5,000 and estimated in-kind support with the proposal. A detailed budget for each awarded project will be developed with PIA staff during the consulting process.

Sustaining

Sustaining Award proposals seek funding to sustain an existing PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers project. Projects accepted for PIA ECT Sustaining Awards will receive:

  • Scholarships for up to 2 teachers to attend the 2016 Joan Oates Institute — Up to $1,300 value
  • Project-specific teacher training, consulting, and professional development by PIA staff — Up to $2,000 in-kind
  • Visiting artist/expert fees and implementation supplies/materials expenses — $1,000-$2,500 sent to your school or system grants office
  • Opportunity for stipends for select project coordinators and lead teachers to work with Emerging award lead teachers — $250-$1,000
Leading

Leading Award proposals seek funding to expand the reach of an existing PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers project throughout a school, division or region. Projects accepted for PIA ECT Leading Awards will receive:

  • Scholarships for up to 2 teachers to attend the 2016 Joan Oates Institute — Pp to $1,300 value
  • Project-specific teacher training, consulting, and professional development by PIA staff — Up to $2,000 in-kind
  • Visiting artist/expert fees and implementation supplies/materials expenses — $1,000-$2,500 sent to your school or system grants office
  • Opportunity for stipends for select project coordinators and lead teachers to work with Emerging award lead teachers — $250-$1,000
Eligibility & Criteria
Teacher Team Eligibility

Teachers from PIA Consortium schools are eligible for PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards. Current members of the PIA Consortium:

Criteria for Selecting Awards

The PIA Consortium Advisory Board seeks to fund projects that are process-oriented, not product oriented. In addition, proposed projects should:

  • Provide sustainable training to PreK-12 educators
  • Bring visiting artists into schools to work with educators and students
  • Provide supporting materials for classrooms, workshops and residencies
  • Expose students to arts and cultural resources outside of the school

Your proposal will also be adjudicated on including and commiting to the following:

  • A lead team of 2-4 teachers/administrators attending JOI 2016
  • Integrating visiting expert/artist residencies, workshops, and planning time
  • Including additional project components such as field trips or other programs
  • Working with PIA staff to develop the proposal and JOI unit plan into a training opportunity for school staff
Proposal Requirements
Project Narrative

The key required element of the proposal is the narrative abstract. The abstract must succinctly describe the thematic and essential elements of your project, including what the project is, who the partners are, how you will implement it, and why the project supports arts integration in your school. Review details in the narrative format guide.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the application form and the project narrative, the following commitments are required:

Administrative Commitment

The principal or head of your school must have knowledge of the project and commit to providing planning and training time for teachers to prepare and implement the project.

Training and Planning

It is a condition of the Emerging Award level that a team of 2-4 lead teachers attend the 2017 Joan Oates Institute (June 26-30, 2017) and participate in consulting and planning sessions for the project. Additional professional development sessions, workshops, classroom observation, and feedback are available throughout project implementation.

Fiscal Responsibility

To comply with applicable tax laws, regulations, and program policy, Partners in the Arts provides awards to your school and school district with the understanding that your school or school district serves as the Fiscal Agent and therefore accepts fiscal oversight responsibility for the funded project.

Acknowledgment

It is a requirement that Partners in the Arts be listed as a funder in:

  • Program brochures
  • Press releases
  • Newspaper articles
  • Videos created by students, teachers, school system communications offices and parents

The Partners in the Arts logo for both print and video is available electronically by request.

Project Reports

A final report is required upon completion of the award. Use the final report form for reporting.

Suggestions for Excellence

A strong proposal will:

  • Make the arts integral to the curriculum and use the arts to teach other subject areas
  • Help establish a sustainable integration of the arts into general education
  • Change the way students learn and expand teachers’ creative teaching strategies
  • Involve true collaboration among partners, including teachers, artists, and arts/cultural organizations
Grant & Program Contacts by Division

Please contact your grants office and arts/music specialist for your system's guidelines.

Grants Office Also Contact
Chesterfield County
Susan Dandridge, Grants Coordinator
804-639-8910
susan_dandridge@ccpsnet.net
Michael Gettings, Art
Robin Yohe, Music
Goochland County
Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
(804) 556-5601
sgeyer@glnd.k12.va.us
Debbie White
Director of Finance
Hanover County
Jennifer Stackpole, Lead Teacher Specialist Art
(804) 365-4564
jstackpole@hcps4.hanover.k12.va.us
Jennifer Stackpole, Art
Barry Flowe, Music
Henrico County
Cheryl Gray Ball, Grants Coordinator
(804) 652-3370
cgrayball@henrico.k12.va.us
Michael Kalafatis, Art
Rick Tinsley, Music
Powhatan County
Dr. Tracie Omohundro, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
(804) 598-5700
tracie.omohundro@powhatan.k12.va.us
Tracey Ingle
Instructional Specialist
Richmond City
Cheryl Bostick, Grants Manager
(804) 780-7791
cbostick@richmond.k12.va.us


Anthony Washington, Director
Curriculum and Instruction
Christie-Jo Adams
Instructional Specialist

Partners in the Arts

pia@richmond.edu
Phone: (804) 955-4012

Robert S. McAdams, MFA
Director

Katie Fauth
Program Coordinator

UR Downtown
626 E. Broad St., Ste. 100
Richmond, VA 23219