ArtCenter and PEF Design Partnership Receive NEA Grant – Pasadena Schools


ArtCenter College of Design is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This prestigious grant was awarded to support educational lessons and mentoring of local K-12 teachers to integrate design with learning and dynamically engage students. In partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), ArtCenter will offer courses exploring a wide range of design strategies to 18 ArtCenter Design Fellows starting in fall 2022 and continuing through 2023.

“This recognition from the NEA is a tremendous acknowledgment of the power of design in our society and how lessons incorporating design have the potential to open up new avenues of learning for children and expand their minds about career choices,” said Paula Goodman. , Director of K-12 Programs at ArtCenter College of Design ArtCenter Extension (ACX). “We are happy to partner with the amazing teachers at Pasadena Unified.”

As ArtCenter Design Fellows, Pasadena Unified’s 18 teachers will complete ArtCenter Extension’s acclaimed 10-week Design 360º course. A comprehensive overview of the field of professional design, Design 360º will introduce teachers to a wide variety of design disciplines, from spatial experience design to transportation, and provide hands-on exercises for participants to expand their knowledge and skills.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our teachers to learn design skills from the phenomenal faculty at ArtCenter College of Design, and then apply these new tools to their K-12 classrooms,” said Karen Anderson, Arts and Enrichment Coordinator/GATE Specialist, PUSD. “The ArtCenter Design 360º for Teachers Fellows program is also an excellent project to build on our strong foundational partnership with ArtCenter, which we are deeply committed to continuing long into the future.”

Previously, the Ford Motor Company Fund supported the ArtCenter Design 360º for Teachers Fellowship Program, a smaller-scale ArtCenter Design Fellows project with PUSD, PEF, and ArtCenter Extension.

ArtCenter has long shared design theory and practice with teachers. For more than 18 years, the College has offered the Summer Institute for Teachers in Design-Based Learning to train K-12 educators on how to integrate design thinking into their curricula. During that time, program organizers hosted K-12 teachers, administrators, and staff from more than 275 different schools throughout the Southern California region and beyond. The ArtCenter Design Fellows NEA Grant Project is a natural extension of the program to serve the K-12 educational community.

One of the most popular extension courses offered at ArtCenter, Design 360º explores many disciplines including creative direction, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography, product design and transportation design. Through individual projects, selected teachers will have the chance to explore the principles of each of these areas of art and design.

Goodman hopes the ArtCenter Design Fellows program will continue as a long-term initiative working with diverse educational communities. “Our goal is to bring this valuable opportunity to many more teachers in the years to come and to improve the program based on thorough measurement of success through surveys and interviews,” said she declared.

Additionally, ArtCenter Design Fellows will meet one-on-one with ArtCenter faculty to develop lesson plans and innovative curriculum initiatives. Teachers will then implement these lesson plans in their classrooms and work with ArtCenter faculty to refine them as needed.

The ArtCenter/PUSD Design Fellows Fellowship is one of 1,498 fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) totaling nearly $33.2 million. Grant funding for arts projects spans 15 arts disciplines and reaches communities in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“These grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) highlight the resilience of artists and arts organizations in our country, will support efforts to provide access to the arts and rebuild the creative economy,” said the acting president. of the NEA, Ann Eilers. “The projects supported demonstrate how the arts are a source of strength and well-being for communities and individuals, and can open doors to conversations that address the complex issues of our time.”

The AEN is committed to equity, access and the promotion of mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values ​​of all individuals and groups. Funding applications have demonstrated a commitment from the arts and culture sector to provide more equitable and accessible avenues for engagement in the arts.

For more information on ArtCenter Extension, please visit or call (626) 396-2319 or email Paula Goodman at paula [email protected] edu.

Grants for artistic projects

Grants for Arts Projects (GAPs) reach communities in all parts of the country, large and small, and with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. There are 1,248 organizations recommended to receive cost-sharing/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 for a total of $28,840,000. These awards represent 15 arts disciplines/fields: artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theatre, opera, broadcasting and multidisciplinary works, theatre, and visual arts. Applications were received in February 2021 from 1,879 eligible organizations requesting over $92 million in support.

About the National Foundation for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative abilities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports learning of the arts, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. and expands its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community. across America. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

About ArtCenter College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a world leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate degrees and 10 graduate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines from industrial design as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members in the Greater Los Angeles area through a popular series of year-round extension programs for all ages and experience levels. . Recognized for both its industry ties and social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status from the United Nations. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, our way of life, and important issues in our society. To learn more, visit


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