The 2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts competition, which recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that serve students in grades 6–12 and that promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways, is accepting entries from schools.

The awards are given in three categories:

  • Arts Integration: Awarding an initiative that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.
  • Equity Through Arts: Awarding a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
  • Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizing a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

Applications may highlight the work of an entire department, a selected course, a specific project or collaboration within a course or after-school opportunities for students.

An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. One of the three winning schools will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline is April 13. Click here for more information and application instructions.