Creative Learning

About Creative Learning


PLEASE NOTE: The maximum request amount for applicants eligible for City and State funds has been increased to $9,000 for 2019.

Creative Learning is a grant program designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors.

The program aims to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led, age- and skills-appropriate instruction outside of the school setting, as well as education-based approaches to participatory arts projects. Emphasis is placed on quality and depth of the creative process through which participants learn through and about the arts. Creative Learning strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

The program is comprised of two funds: City funds, provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and State funds, provided by the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Decentralization program. Funding is intended for artists and organizations that are not able to apply directly to the City and/or State for arts funding. Creative Learning often provides the first grant that an applicant receives, which can help leverage additional support.

The program is accompanied by technical assistance to applicants, and networking and promotional opportunities for funded projects.

Past applicants to LMCC’s Creative Curricula or Creative Engagement program should consider these important factors when deciding whether to apply to Creative Learning:

  • Creative Learning supports arts learning projects for youth, adults, and/or senior participants
  • Activities supported by Creative Learning can be dedicated to a discrete group of participants. Registration must be accessible to the target participants and reflected accordingly in promotional plans
  • Creative Learning projects must provide sequential, skills-based study that incorporates one or more art forms and includes a minimum of 3 hands-on contact sessions between the same teaching artist and group of participants
  • In-school, K-12 arts education activities are no longer supported