August 23, 2012—New York—MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education announce the recipients of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The grants, totaling $215,000, were awarded to 12 nonprofit arts education organizations to support their partnerships with public schools and provide quality arts instruction to more than 7,000 K-12 students during the 2012–2013 academic year. An expert review panel selected the award recipients and found that each of the grantee partnerships will also help increase each public school’s capacity to provide arts education.
The grantees are:
National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman said: “Over the past two decades, the National Guild has identified best practices for arts education partnerships that have powerful, long-term effects on students, faculty, institutions, and communities. The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program supports exemplary partnerships that not only provide outstanding arts instruction but model effective partnership practices for the field. Grantees demonstrate Guild members’ high level of commitment to the values of quality, accessibility, and accountability. Since its launch in 2005, the program has directly benefitted 50 community arts education organizations, 200 public schools, and 57,000 students.”
“MetLife Foundation believes that arts education is critical to promoting learning and understanding of the world and its diverse cultures,” said Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “We are proud to support these outstanding arts organizations and we share the National Guild’s commitment to making arts education accessible to children across the country.”
In addition to the individual grants, MetLife Foundation’s Partners in Arts Education Program will sponsor the Arts in Education Partnership Institute  (November 14, 2012) at the Guild’s 75th annual Conference for Community Arts Education  in Dallas, TX. The goal of the Institute is to provide community arts education organizations the tools, training, and know-how to develop successful arts education partnerships.
Other resources available through MetLife Foundation’s Partners in Arts Education Program include Partners in Excellence: A Guide to Community School of the Arts/Public School Partnerships from Inspiration to Implementation and Profiles in Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Arts Education Partnerships . Both are available free-of-charge through the Guild’s website, www.nationalguild.org ; hard copies may be purchased by phone at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations and programs by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, funding, and high-profile leadership. Our member organizations collectively serve more than 1.2 million students, employ 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional six million Americans each year through performances and exhibitions in rural, suburban and urban communities across the nation. Their impact on the lives of students and communities they serve is enduring and profound. www.nationalguild.org 
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation’s commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in its dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit www.metlife.org .