The three-year, $777,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will fund a joint effort between the schools of music and education at the university and the Kansas City, Kansas school district.
The initiative is called Project Starts – short for Skillful Thinking in the Arts. It’s intended to enhance arts-based education and to help students apply their knowledge of the arts to problems in other areas.
University staff will train Kansas City arts teachers the new skills through summer workshops and follow-up sessions.