$750,000 grant awarded to MPS for arts education

The Wallace Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Minneapolis Public Schools to improve arts education programming for students, the district reported Monday.

The grant will fund development of model programs for arts education and the use of art in classroom learning, as well as teacher professional development in the arts. The district intended to use some of the funds to hire consultants who could plan for arts-related fundraising and spread the word about district arts programming.

The first step, though, was to be a one-year study of how many students receive education in or through the arts already. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement will carry out that study of arts education penetration among the city’s youth.

The New York-based Wallace Foundation recently announced $5.3 million worth of grants to Twin Cities arts organizations, including $750,000 for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The grants were intended to increase the audiences for local arts organizations.