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Americans for the Arts is excited to announce a first-ever partnership with lifestyle brand Free People to empower public school arts educators to fund the next generation of diverse creators! The Creative Spirit Fund will distribute 10 awards of $4,000 each to public school educators across the United States in great need of support in teaching art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing and other artistic disciplines.

Students, parents, and teachers are invited to nominate a teacher at their school who is a champion of diversity and creativity within their local community, and who can use a little extra funding to purchase supplies and equipment that nurture the creativity of their students.

To nominate a teacher for the Creative Spirit Fund, submit a short essay (300 words or less) that answers the question: How has an arts teacher championed your new creative spirit at school?

Learn more and submit a nomination at Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 2, 2022.