Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.
Plus: Philosophy @ the Virtual Art Museum is designed to foster philosophical discussions using works of art. Six units—ranging from portraits and landscapes to conceptual art and photography—feature three or four works of art in each. For each work, three to five questions assist students in articulating their response to the art. After they have discussed the questions for all the art pieces in a unit, students consider a series of philosophical questions based on issues raised by the works in that unit. These questions concern issues in a variety of different philosophical areas, such as the philosophy of mind and ethics, as well as the philosophy of art. The website is accessible in English, Spanish, Chinese, and other languages.
In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals,Crayola offers Creative Leadership Grants as part of its Champion Creatively Alive Childreninitiative. The program provides funding for innovative, creative leadership team building in elementary and middle schools to increase creative capacity.
Exploring Leonardo focuses on the intersection between art and science, exploring how Leonardo da Vinci applied the scientific method creatively in every aspect of life, including art and music. Students can explore the interactive learning activities on the site to discover more about this fascinating scientist, inventor, and artist.
Our Town is the creative place-making grants program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Applicants can choose from two program areas.