Creative Curricula

Grants of up to $5,000 for arts partnerships with Manhattan public schools.

Hester Street Collaborative and P.S. 134 Community Garden

Creative Curricula is a local arts-education funding program supporting projects that engage students in rich artistic learning experiences in a classroom setting. The program supports arts-education and integrated arts-in-education projects developed by teaching artists and arts organizations working in partnership with Manhattan public schools.

Creative Curricula is part of the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Decentralization program (DEC), which was established in 1977 by the New York State Legislature as a statewide, community arts regrant program. LMCC administers Creative Curricula for the borough of Manhattan.

The application deadline for projects taking place in calendar year 2014 has passed.

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Information Sessions

Information sessions are offered for Manhattan-based individual teaching artists and cultural organizations interested in applying to our Creative Curricula. Sessions include a review of the program and useful information to help applicants put their best foot forward.

Attendance at an information session is required for first-time and returning applicants who have not attended in 2012 or later. For the schedule of information sessions and to RSVP to attend - click here.

How Creative Curricula Works

Creative Curricula makes grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based individual teaching artists or small to mid-sized cultural organizations working in partnership with Manhattan public schools. The program supports projects providing in-depth opportunities for students to create and experience the arts through collaboratively planned and implemented units of study. Funding is provided for semester-long, in-classroom projects for K-12 students that focus on one of the following:

1) Sequential, skills-based arts study that incorporates one or more art forms
2) Integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects, collaboratively taught by teaching artist(s) and the classroom teacher(s) as arts-in-education units

Program Goals

Creative Curricula is designed to support and develop the capacity of individual teaching artists and emerging cultural organizations to work in partnership with Manhattan public schools to develop high-quality arts-education projects. Emphasis is placed on the quality and authenticity of the creative process through which students learn through and about the arts.

Proposed activities should be conceived, planned, and implemented by arts professionals and educators working together to utilize the resources of both the cultural partner and the school. Competitive projects will demonstrate the partner school’s strong commitment to the arts, through cash and other means of support. Funding priority will be given to projects that reach under-served communities and/or involve students with special needs.

LMCC expects that partnerships will incorporate sufficient planning prior to and during the project period, and to have clear and appropriate student learning goals in relation to the proposed activities and grade levels served. Projects may, but are not required to culminate in an event or finished product such as an exhibit, performance, or presentation. LMCC encourages projects that feature well-planned professional development activities, and opportunities for active parental and community involvement.

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See what our grantees are doing…

2012 Creative Curricula Grantee, Barbara Zinn Krieger of Making Books Sing is NY1's New Yorker of the Week.

The Apollo Theater

LMCC’s Creative Curricula grantee, the Apollo Theater, in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Learning Center creatively engages fourth and fifth graders through the Apollo Theater Oral History Project.

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Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

LMCC grantee Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company returns to LaMaMa this April with their signature combination of puppetry and dance theatre in “Seucy and Boto: Stories from the Amazon Jungle.”

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