PRESS RELEASE - April 2, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PED Invites Applications for Elementary Arts Funding

(Santa Fe, NM)—School districts and charter schools are being invited by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to apply for funding to provide fine arts activities, including visual arts, music, theater and dance, to elementary school students. At least $8 million in funding is available for 2004-2005 for approved plans. The PED will hold a technical assistance meeting for district and charter school staff on Wednesday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in Albuquerque at the Workforce Training Center, Room 101, located at 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE. Proposals are due to the PED by April 29.

Under the Supplemental General Appropriations Act of 2003, elementary art, music, theater and dance education were added to the public school funding formula, also known as the State Equalization Guarantee. For 2004-2005, the second year of the three-year phase-in of elementary fine arts education, funding for the program will be approximately $100.76 per student. Last year’s amount was $49.42 per participating student.

“Not only will more students be served with arts programs next year, every district in the state has the opportunity to apply for funds. New Mexico is now a leader in the nation in providing for fine arts education,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García.

In 2003, the Legislature passed and Governor Bill Richardson signed HB 12, The Fine Arts Education Act, sponsored by Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe. The bill created a new section of the Public School Code, The Fine Arts Education Act, to provide opportunities for elementary students to participate in fine arts activities. Funding for 2004-2005 is contained in the General Appropriations Act of 2004.

Districts and charter schools that received funding for 2003-2004 must complete and submit an application renewal for funding. Both new and renewal applicants are asked to be creative in designing elementary arts programs, making use of and incorporating the art resources available within their communities. Applications should describe what students should know or be able to do as a result of the program, student needs, the students to be served, an overview of the proposed program and intended outcomes. Programs should integrate arts instruction across the curriculum, align with New Mexico Content Standards and Benchmarks for the Arts and provide for developmentally appropriate, process-oriented assessment of student learning in the arts.

Applications are available at the following web address: www.ped.state.nm.us/cilt. Districts and charter schools will be notified of their selection for funding on May 18.