Arts Education Impact Group

Arts EducationGrantmakers in Education (GFE) Arts Education Impact Group members believe every student has the right to participate in relevant arts and cultural education both inside and outside of school. We believe, and research has demonstrated, that enabling this right will support the development of young peoples’ creativity, individual identities and leadership, while shaping their social-emotional wellness and increasing their academic success. It will also lead to education systems that are more equitable and authentically engaged with children and families.

Following these beliefs, the impact group’s mission is to increase national support for culturally relevant arts and cultural education opportunities available to youth. We do this through offering education, advocacy and professional development within, and in connection to, the GFE community.

Impact Group Goals

The impact group aims to make collective impact within the GFE membership and the greater arts and cultural education field through reaching specific goals. In 2020-21, the impact group aims to:

  1. Increase visibility and case-making for arts education within the GFE membership.
  2. Create opportunities for peer learning among impact group members.
  3. Weave equity and inclusion throughout its work.

Anticipated Member Commitment

The minimum anticipated time commitment for Impact Group members is about 5 hours per month over their 2-year minimum commitment to the group. Time commitments increase for co-chairs the Impact Group and/or those leading working subgroups. All members are asked to:

  • Attend monthly 1.5-hour virtual meetings.
  • Attend at least one annual in-person planning/strategy meeting.
  • Lead or participate in at least one working subgroup within the impact group.
  • Share learning from their own organizations and from other sources..
  • Promote the impact group and its activities within GFE and outside channels (if appropriate).
  • Help recruit new members.
  • Maintain an active GFE membership.
  • Support impact group operations through a financial contribution from their organization.

All GFE members are invited to join the Arts Education Impact Group. Financial support is encouraged to help fulfill our impact measures. For more information, contact us at