Award for Arts Given to National Writing Project and The Innovation Collaborative

Berkeley, CA, May 10, 2016 — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to the National Writing Project (NWP) to support The Innovation Collaborative's Research Thought Leaders. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

"The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the one from the National Writing Project and The Innovation Collaborative offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."

Through this funding, The Innovation Collaborative will further research and present the impact of the intersections of the arts, sciences, and humanities on creative and innovation thinking in K-12 education. The National Writing Project will host the convening of the Collaborative's Research Thought Leaders—leading national researchers across the arts, humanities, and science education fields—in addition to expert researchers in the arts/science intersections, creative thinking in education, and neuroscience.

"The NWP is proud to support the important work of The Innovation Collaborative," said Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, NWP executive director. "This effort is critical to our plans to build strong networks around the intersections of arts, humanities, and science education."

Alongside a face-to-face meeting, these leaders also will conduct a virtual meeting with leading classroom teachers from each field. With these meetings the Research Thought Leaders will align preceding and subsequent classroom research and data, informing plans for classroom-based research and broader sharing of effective practices in integration.

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May 10, 2016

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