Arts-Integration Leadership

Principals are proudly committed to providing a well-rounded and complete education that enables each and every child to reach his or her fullest potential in every waysocially, emotionally, physically, and academically. A well-rounded education includes a focus on the arts that is integrated into the curriculum.

Here are examples of best practices in arts integration, research on arts leadership, and grants to support arts-related school programs.

Champion Creativity Grant

NAESP and Crayola annually award 20 schools with grants valued at $3,500 to implement arts programming.

The deadline for proposals for the 2019 grant awards has been extended to July 30, 2019. View Grant Application Details

Read about the 2018 Grant Winners here

Past Grant Program Winners:

Crayola's Champion Creatively Alive Children Training Modules

These videos, handouts and worksheets will give you everything you need to lead your school's arts programs.

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Crayola and Principal Magazine

Each year NAESP and Crayola team up to publish the Champion Creatively Alive Children supplement to Principal magazine. It features the latest research, best practices, and project ideas from grant-winning schools.


What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

As building—level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives high-quality and equitable arts learning as part of a well-rounded education. Building on the first release of What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education in 2011, this updated guide offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools. Each action is supported by low- or no-cost strategies—outlined in this guide—that school leaders have used and found effective.

You can download the guide here.