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MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program

Due to a change in its mission, the MetLife Foundation will no longer support the Partners in Arts Education Grant Program. The last grants were awarded in September 2013. MetLife’s new corporate leadership has directed the foundation to devote its resources to “financial inclusion,” providing financial knowledge, tools and support to underserved communities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Thanks to MetLife Foundation’s support, between 2005 and 2013, the National Guild awarded approximately $1.9 million in grants to 51 member organizations and trained more than 470 arts education leaders in effective partnership practices. Grantees provided sustained, sequential arts instruction to 82,000 students in 705 public schools, through programs led by 1,300 teachers and 400 teaching artists.

While the National Guild is unable to continue to fund arts-in-education partnerships at this time, we are exploring how best to continue our support of this important work. As we consider how best to move forward, we welcome your input and suggestions. Please contact James Horton at

We also encourage you to avail yourself of the following resources:

You may also wish to attend the Conference for Community Arts Education as many of the sessions and roundtables are devoted to collaboration and arts-in-education.

Past Grantees

On behalf of MetLife Foundation, the National Guild for Community Arts Education awarded 12 grants totaling $215,000 to support exemplary partnerships between public schools and nonprofit community arts education organizations during the 2013-2014 school year. Grantees will provide quality arts instructin to more than 11,000 K-12 public school students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Grantees also will help increase each school's capacity to provide arts education.

2013 Grantee Descriptions »

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