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The Advancement Grant Program offers flexible matching grants to support Los Angeles County school districts aiming to provide quality arts education for public school students. Grant funds assist school districts in achieving key action items in their district arts plans, helping districts invest in launching or expanding projects that align with priority goals, and cultivating skills and practices that can be sustained beyond the term of the grant. Districts may apply for matching funds of up to $25,000.

Underwritten by the Funders Council, this program offers financial support to school districts in the Arts Ed Collective. Grants are matched by school district funds, leveraging public and private resources to expand high quality instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts. A complete list of grantee projects can be found below.

In 2021-22, the Arts Ed Collective offered $867,700 in financial support to 41 school districts including three charter networks through the Advancement Grant program.

2020-21 Advancement Grant Recipients

District Name Award Final Project Description
Alhambra Unified School District $8,500 to support the purchase of materials and supplies for the expansion of the theatre and visual arts programs
Antelope Valley Union High School District $24,600 to support the expansion of professional development in arts integration, curriculum development to align to new arts standards, student participation in the district-wide arts festival, and teacher participation in the arts steering committee
Arcadia Unified School District $11,700 to support the district-wide professional learning community through the creation of an arts integration resource website and the purchase of mobile arts technology stations
Azusa Unified School District $20,600 to support district-wide arts coordination and the development of community partnerships
Baldwin Park Unified School District $22,800 to support the purchase of musical instruments for upper elementary, middle, and high school
Burbank Unified School District $21,800 to support the district-wide purchase and repair of musical instruments, teacher professional development in arts integration, and district-wide integrated theater workshops for secondary English language development classes
Centinela Valley Union High School District $23,400 to support performances for students with pre-performance workshops for teachers and teacher professional development in arts integration
Claremont Unified School District $21,600 to support the implementation year of high school arts integration through the Site Arts Lead Teacher (SALT) program
Compton Unified School District $21,300 to support the expansion of Meet the Master for kindergarten through eighth grade district-wide, teacher professional development in arts literacy, and field trips to live performances
Covina-Valley Unified School District $22,600 to support the district-wide expansion of visual arts instruction for transitional kindergarten through fifth grades
Culver City Unified School District $21,700 to support teacher collaboration time for elementary visual arts and makerspace curriculum development, the purchase of distance learning supplies for AVPA performances and elementary lessons, and the launch of a theater internship program
El Monte Union High School District $19,800 to support dance integration into ethnic studies and U.S. History classes, teacher professional development, and remote dance performances for students
El Rancho Unified School District $13,600 to support the expansion of district-wide teacher professional development and curriculum development in visual arts integration, and the purchase of arts instructional materials
Garvey Elementary School District $16,100 to support the expansion of professional development in the new arts standards, curriculum development and the purchase of instructional materials for arts specialist, and community outreach events
Glendora Unified School District $21,100 to support teacher professional development in arts integration, lesson study collaboration time, and personalized coaching for participating teachers
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District $24,900 to support professional development, curriculum development, and distance/hybrid instructional models in the  integration of the arts and social emotional learning strategies for preschool through eighth grade, and the inaugural Digital Arts Showcase
Hawthorne School District $21,100 to support the expansion of arts integration professional development and lesson studies for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade teachers, and the initiation of parent workshops
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union $18,900 to support the expansion of professional development in arts integration, music, and the new arts standards, artist residencies in media arts, music, pottery, and visual arts, and the development of a Maker Space
iLead Charter Network $22,200 to support arts integrated social emotional learning, artist residencies, and professional development for Empower Generations youth and staff, and virtual reality integration for theatre electives for sixth through eighth grade
Inner City Education Foundation $17,440 to support the addition of a part time film instructor and the purchase of instructional materials
Keppel Union School District $16,600 to support teacher professional development in the Arts Attack curriculum, TEAL and the new arts standards, artist workshops, field trips, and the purchase of art supplies
Lawndale Elementary School District $20,800 to support the expansion of district-wide performances for students, teacher professional development, and the purchase of materials for arts integration
Lynwood Unified School District $17,900 to support the expansion of professional development and collaboration time for the districts arts advocacy team
Magnolia Public Schools $9,100 to support teacher professional development and coaching in arts integration by the Music Center and the expansion of district-wide arts coordination
Monrovia Unified School District $19,100 to support the expansion of arts integrated social emotional learning into weekly elementary general music classes district-wide
Montebello Unified School District $22,500 to support visual arts professional development for kindergarten through fifth grade teachers by the California Arts Project
Mountain View School District $22,100 to support the expansion of media arts professional development and curriculum development for second and/or third grade teachers through Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) and the purchase of equipment and supplies  
Newhall School District $23,000 to support artist residencies in dance for sixth grade and in theater for second grade by the Music Center and professional development in arts integration for second grade teachers
Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District $18,700 to support the purchase of modular, portable staging equipment for district-wide use
Paramount Unified School District $22,600 to support the expansion teacher professional development in arts integration by P.S. Arts and field trips to professional theatre performances
Pasadena Unified School District $24,700 to support professional development and curriculum development with a focus on social emotional learning and the arts for elementary arts lead teachers in visual arts, theater, and dance
Pomona Unified School District $26,100 to support the expansion of the teacher arts lead program and professional development by the dA Center for the Arts
Rosemead School District $20,500 to support the expansion of teacher professional development in arts integration by the Music Center
San Gabriel Unified School District $23,000 to support teacher professional development in dance, district-wide curriculum development in visual arts and music, and the purchase of instructional materials, instruments and equipment
South Pasadena Unified School District $18,400 to support the district-wide purchase of musical instruments and equipment
Sulphur Springs Union School District $19,600 to support district-wide arts workshops for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, and teacher professional development and curriculum development in arts integration
Walnut Valley Unified School District $19,200 to support district-wide music residency for kindergarten by the Music Center and professional development for elementary teachers in arts integration
Whittier City School District $22,700 to support the expansion of music for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade and the purchase and repair of instruments and equipment for middle school band
Whittier Union High School District $23,400 to support intra-district collaboration time, and the purchase of technology for online arts curriculum and arts equipment
Wiseburn School District $21,900 to support the repair and purchase of instruments and equipment, visual arts video lessons for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, teacher professional development in arts integration and social emotional learning, and family night arts facilitation