New Arts Education Research Funding Opportunity

Live, Public Webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

From Sally Gifford, Public Affairs Specialist, NEA —

A new arts education research funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will support investigations into the links between arts education programs and policies and student academic outcomes and/or social and behavioral competencies. Join the discussion of this new funding opportunity at the latest webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development.

The National Center for Education Research (NCER), within ED’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), recently introduced a new set of special topics to encourage more research in under-studied areas. The “Arts in Education” special topic supports research to understand how K-12 arts programs and policies may improve the education outcomes of students.

This public webinar is hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 19 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from ED, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies and departments.


  • Jane Best, Director, Arts Education Partnership, Education Commission of the States
  • Doug Herbert, Special Assistant, Office of Innovation and Improvement, ED
  • James Benson, Education Research Analyst, NCER/IES, ED
  • Erin Higgins, Education Research Analyst, NCER/IES, ED
  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar

Join the webinar

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available here.

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