Awards & Recognition

ArtsConnection’s prominence in the field of arts education has been recognized with numerous grants and awards, including multi-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts; awards from the New York State Governor’s office, the Arts & Business Council, and the Alliance for the Arts. ArtsConnection’s students have also been invited to perform nationally and internationally.

U.S. Dept. of Education: Assistance for Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AAEDD)

• Creating Bridges (Creating Bridges to Literacy Through the Arts) with District 27 (2018-2022)


U.S. Dept. of Education: Arts in Education—Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AEMDD)

• Digital DELLTA (Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts) (2014-2018)
• Common Core and the Arts: Making the Learning Visible through Formative Assessment (2010-2014)
• Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts in Middle School (2006-2010)
• Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts in Elementary Schools (2005-2008)
• Investigating the Arts and Literacy Connection (2001-2004)


U.S. Dept. of Education: Professional Development Arts Education Program (PDAE):

• Digital DELLTA with District 21 (2018-2021)
• Connected Learning Communities (2017-2021)
• BRIDGES:Bridging the Achievement Gap through Puppetry (2014-2018)
• PD DELLTA with District 25 (2011-2014)
• Artful Learning Communities II: Assessing Learning, Transforming Practice (2011-2014)
• Artful Learning Communities: Assessing Learning in the Arts (2008-2011)
• The Art of Teaching: Promoting the Professional Growth of Arts Specialists (2005-2008)


U.S. Dept. of Education: Arts Achieve Program – Investing in Education (i3) award: ArtsConnection is a partner in the NYC Dept. of Ed’s program, and is joined by Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Studio in a School, the 92nd Street Y, and The Cooper Hewitt-Smithsonian Institution, to develop performance assessments in the arts for elementary, middle and high school students (2011)


National Endowment for the Arts: Interagency Taskforce on the Arts and Human Development Webinar (2014)


National Endowment for the Arts: Thirteen grants awarded between the years of 1982-2017

• Challenge Grant (first ever awarded by the NEA to an arts education organization)
(1982), and
• Programmatic grants including for: Whole school partnerships and professional development;
Artist Blueprint training; High 5 Tickets; and PD DELLTA


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – Finalist (2011 & 2012)


Channel Thirteen/WNET Community Hall of Fame: Induction of ArtsConnection and founder Linda LeRoy Janklow (2009)


In partnership with KIDsmART, ArtsConnection consults on the planning and development of arts programs at the Martin Behrman Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana (2008)


The Kennedy Center for Arts & Arts Management: Arts Management Career Service Award to Executive Director Steven Tennen (1998)


New York State Governor’s Arts Award (1997)


Arts & Business Council Encore Award

• Outstanding Business Partnership with Wasserstein Perella (1997)
• Outstanding Arts Management Award to Executive Director Steven Tennen (1996)
• Outstanding Contributions to New York City (1989)


Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Discretionary Grant Program (1993-1996 and 1990-1993)


Center for Arts Education: New York City Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education (1997)


Trondheim, Norway Millennium Celebration: Young Talent Program participants perform at the country’s International Music Festival (1997)


President Clinton’s Inaugural Celebration: Young Talent Program students perform in the Capital (1992)


Alliance for the Arts: School and Culture Award (1985)