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Students visiting the Betty Price Gallery during a visit to the Oklahoma State Capitol via a Capitol Art Travel Subsidies Grant.

Arts in Schools

How We Can Help

Arts education can play an important role in improving academic performance in Oklahoma. Studies show that students who have four years of high school arts education score higher on college entrance exams than students with little or no arts education. Arts education often improves performance in math and science, increases school attendance, promotes civic engagement, and decreases anti-social behavior.

The Oklahoma Arts Council seeks to improve education in Oklahoma by offering services and grants for programs that help students in Oklahoma schools reach their creative potential.


For grantwriting or program development assistance contact our Arts Education Director.


Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council help students harness and develop their creativity and improve their education. Arts education gives students the tools they need to compete in a global and creative workforce. Grants for arts education in schools are listed below:

Classroom Supply Grants for Visual and Performing Arts
Grants of up to $500 per year are available for schools to purchase eligible supplies and materials for visual and performing arts programs that take place during the school day.

Small Grant Support for Schools
Schools can apply for Small Grant Support for Schools to support eligible arts education programs. Individual schools are eligible for three grants of up to $2,500 per school year, with a cash match requirement equaling 10 percent of each project budget.

Arts in Alternative Education Grants
Alternative education schools within the Oklahoma State Department of Education system are eligible for three grants of up to $2,500 per school year in grant funding for arts education programming. A 5 percent cash match is required.

Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnerships
New for 2022-23 school year, nonprofit arts organizations can apply for up to $25,000 to provide arts programming, training, and more at alternative education school sites as identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Proposals are due September 1, 2022.

Arts in Education Grants
Nonprofit organizations can apply for funding to administer arts education programs in schools during normal school hours.

For more information please contact our Arts Education Director.

See the Arts in Communities page for arts education programs that take place outside of normal school hours.