We invite you to nominate an outstanding elected official for the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts awards for Local Arts Leadership <http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=17058198&sid=58217757&m=7740751&u=ArtsUSA&j=23247145&s=http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/promotion-and-recognition/awards-for-arts-achievement/annual-awards/public-leadership-in-the-arts?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=jay@artsusa.org&utm_content=a4asaan%2D2014%2D11%2D18&utm_campaign=The%20SAANBox%20%2D%20November%2018%2C%202014> . 

Three awards will be presented at the January 2015 meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Conference-one to a mayor of a city with a population of 100,000 or more, another to a mayor of a city with a population of less than 100,000, and a third award to a governor. Please state in bullet point format the reasons for your nomination of the individual or organization named. To complete your nomination for the Local Arts Leadership awards, please click here <http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=17058198&sid=58217758&m=7740751&u=ArtsUSA&j=23247145&s=http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/promotion-and-recognition/awards-for-arts-achievement/annual-awards/public-leadership-in-the-arts/local-arts-leadership-award-nomination?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=jay@artsusa.org&utm_content=a4asaan%2D2014%2D11%2D18&utm_campaign=The%20SAANBox%20%2D%20November%2018%2C%202014> . All submissions are due this Friday, November 21.

VANS Custom Culture Grant Program: $2,000 Grants for High School Visual Arts & Music 

Vans and Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to - and participates in - high quality learning experiences in the arts.  With that in mind, these two organizations partnered up to create the Custom Culture Grant Program to support arts education in high schools around the country.  These grants are intended to both encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education and to support schools activities that strive to meet local and national learning standards for arts education.  Despite cuts and shrinking budgets, there are many schools around the country where arts education thrives in their learning community. We want to honor and support these schools, teachers, and students by providing them with the opportunity to win a $2,000 grant!

Know a school that deserve to win? The VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to all public high schools (and charter schools) who serve grades 9-12 and who demonstrate a commitment to arts education for their students.  Schools must submit an application online <http://www.artsusa.org/vans/grants>  to be considered.  Ten (10) winning schools will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their music and/or visual arts programs. Schools can submit their application for this grant program from October 15, 2014 until November 26, 2015.

Ø  For full guidelines and the grant application, please visit the VANS Custom Culture Grant Program <http://www.artsusa.org/vans/grants>  site (www.artsusa.org/vans/grants).  

After you've applied, if you're looking for more about this grant or similar opportunities, please join the Americans for the Arts online Arts Education community <https://www.causes.com/campaigns/85182-support-public-high-school-arts-programs-and-students>  for regular updates.

For more information or any questions about this grant program, please contact Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts:kengebretsen@artsusa.org or 202.371.2830.