UCAE Fund Grants
The UCAE Fund, sponsored by the University Council for Art Education, provides grants for projects that show promise in advancing exemplary art education. They might include, but not be limited to innovative programs, experimental curriculum design, professional development, post doctoral research and studio projects. Grants range from $1,500. to $2,500. Second applications are accepted if required to complete project.
Applications are blind reviewed. Grant recipients are required to acknowledge UCAE grant funding on all materials related to their grant and agree to allow UCAE to use grant materials to publicize the UCAE Fund. Recipients are awarded three quarters of the grant money initially and one quarter upon receipt of a final report. UCAE membership is required.
The UCAE Fund is pleased to announce that its first grant has been awarded to Sylvia Corwin to update her original Reading Improvement Through Art curriculum guide, which will also include citations of contemporary related research about reciprocal art/reading learning experiments. Her new RITA Replicator manual will be e-distributed.
RITA Replicator Manual of Instruction and Assessment (Link to: 65-page handbook, download)
The publication RITA, Reading Improvement Through Art (RITA), is a federally-funded secondary art and literacy research project (ESEA Title IV) that focused on the effects of bringing reading collaborators into art/craft studios where urban teenagers learned to speak, read, and write about their art/craft works. The E-publication of RITA delineates how the program was structured and evaluated. In the pilot year, nine urban high schools found that on average participants’ reading scores showed almost one-year growth in reading comprehension after four months of participation. RITA’s reciprocal learning methodology and assessment procedures were validated by New York State Department of Education. The RITA publication demonstrates how art curricula can be integrated with reading curricula to meet the Common Core Standards with emphasis on commonalities of visual art and language standards. This publication is of interest for education researchers, university educators of art teachers, district superintendents, principal consortiums, and teachers. Research was supported in part, by a grant from The University Council for Art Education. Written by Sylvia K. Corwin.