Arts Education Impact Group

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Arts Education Impact Group

We pursue national support for educational opportunities for youth in arts and culture through member advocacy and professional development. We believe every student deserves the right to participate in arts and cultural education inside and outside of the classroom.

Research has proven that opportunities within arts and culture encourage the development of creativity, identity and leadership skills, important for a young person’s development. Arts and culture also shape social-emotional wellness and increase academic success. These opportunities also lead to education systems that are more equitable and authentically engaged with children and families.

Impact Group Goals

  1. Increase visibility and case-making for arts education within the Grantmakers for Education membership.
  2. Create opportunities for peer learning among impact group members.
  3. Weave equity and inclusion throughout our work.

Anticipated Member Commitment

We ask and encourage impact group members to commit five hours per month over their two-year tenure. These commitments increase for co-chairs for the impact group and leading working subgroups. All members are asked to:

  • Attend monthly 1.5-hour virtual meetings.
  • Attend at least one annual in-person planning/strategy meeting.
  • Lead or participate in at least one working subgroup within the impact group.
  • Share learning from their own organizations and from other sources.
  • Promote the impact group and its activities within EdFunders and outside channels (if appropriate).
  • Help recruit new members.
  • Maintain an active Grantmakers for Education membership.
  • Support impact group operations through a financial contribution from their organization.

All EdFunders members are invited to join the Arts Education Impact Group. Financial support is encouraged to help fulfill our impact measures.

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Group Members

Lakita Edwards, Co-Chair

National Endowment for the Arts

Emily Garvie, Co-Chair

Clarence E. Heller Charitable

Mac Howison, Co-Chair

The Heinz Endowments

JC Aevaliotis

Polk Brothers Foundation

Justin Christy

Bush Foundation

Matt D’Arrigo

Clare Rose Foundation

Chiho Feindler

Save the Music Foundation

Beth Feldman-Brandt

Bartol Foundation

Subashini Ganesan

Miller Foundation

Nilofar Gardezi

Margaret E. Lesher Foundation

Ayanna Hudson

National Endowment for the Arts

Chelsea Landry

Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher
Family Foundation

Wendy Liscow

Arts Ed NJ, emeritus

Jessica Mele

The William and Flora Hewlett

Nicole Moore-Kriel

Powell Foundation

Marinell Rousmaniere


Richard Simon

Independent Consultant

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