Growing Up Artfully 2012       Awards for Excellence in Arts Education

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council will present the annual Growing Up Artfully Awards for Excellence in Arts Education at its spring 2012 arts in education workshop. The awards recognize school-administered, sustained k-12 programs that bring quality arts experiences to our students and our community.

We invite you to nominate a school’s extraordinary visual, literary,  performing, or media art program for consideration.

The spring forum will showcase best practices in the schools of our region. Conference goals are to encourage program development through collaboration among arts professionals while highlighting educators’ positive impact through the arts.

A panel of artists, educators, and community leaders will review applications. A nomination form is attached. Public and non-public schools are eligible. Each applicant may present a display about their program at the workshop. Nominated music, drama, and literary programs will have opportunities to perform during the conference.

Awards will be announced during the May 2012 conference at Penn State Lehigh Valley, which will include a reception to celebrate regional excellence in arts-in-education. Each winner will be presented with a specially commissioned work by a Lehigh Valley artist. Further details about the event will follow.

Completed applications, in hard-copy only, must be received at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council office by Friday, February 10, 2012.

Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please enclose a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage if you would like support materials returned.


Please contact Arts-in-Education Coordinator, Claire Marcus at with any questions about program eligibility or application requirements.

The Growing Up Artfully Awards for Excellence in Arts Education honor k-12 school programs which:

  • Have evolved over time to serve students, their families, and their communities
  • Are conducted by school based, professional educators in collaboration with colleagues and members of the community
  •  Encourage individual expression through accomplished technique

Previous Winners 2011

Broughal Middle School Music Program

demonstrates exceptional commitment to music education by faculty and students. Participation in community events enhances performance opportunities beyond the school schedule. Dedicated parental involvement reinforces curriculum goals.

Emmaus High School Visual Art Program

offers beginning to advanced instruction in a wide range of media and techniques. It is a high-quality, long-standing program with student driven components and significant community outreach. Graduates report that participation has continuing positive impact.

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Partnership with Touchstone Theatre

is a well-managed, sustained collaboration between educators and professional teaching artists, culminating in a public performance. Students with academic and behavioral challenges develop skills that are applied beyond the classroom.

Recognized for:

  • artistic quality
  • community outreach
  • collaboration or integration of disciplines across the curriculum
  • participation by professional artists beyond the school faculty
  • sustainability and growth

Lehigh Valley Arts Council