FY12 Arts Education Funding Finalized
President Obama has signed a consolidated bill to finalize FY12 federal funding. The final budget package includes $24.593 million for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education.
Experiencing a tumultuous appropriations cycle, the Arts in Education program has weathered significant challenges and is one of the few programs to survive multiple proposals to eliminate subject-specific funding programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The Arts in Education program ultimately received $24.593 million in FY12 to administer and support competitive grants and national initiatives at the Department of Education, a decrease from the $27.447 million administered by the Department in FY11. FY12 funding may offer the possibility of a new round of grant competitions in the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program, but details remain to be seen.