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  • Arts Innovation Award
  • Arts Integration School Award
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award
  • Governing/Support Board Award
  • Higher Education Award
  • Outstanding Arts School Award
  • New and Emerging School Award
  • Outstanding Arts School Alumni Achievement Award
  • Research Initiative: Individual Award
  • Research Initiative: Institution/Organization/Corporation Award
  • Superintendent Award
  • Teacher of the Year Award
  • The Jeffrey Lawrence Award
  • ASN Presidential Founders Award


Arts Innovation Award

Designed to recognize schools committed to taking innovative artistic risks, this award is presented to a school that has “broken the mold” in using the arts as a vehicle for teaching academics and/or making a positive difference in the lives of students and/or the community.

Arts Integration School Award

This award is presented to a school that has demonstrated leadership in bringing arts integration strategies into the curriculum. This school will have demonstrated an outstanding record of supporting such approaches as: dedicating resources to bringing in outside professional teaching artists to complement the work of staff arts specialists, who team-teach with other core curriculum teachers across content area; supporting professional development on arts integration for teachers; writing into school improvement plans, or the like, commitments to implement arts-integrated curriculum across different grade levels. Principal leadership is key, and evidence of teacher buy-in and commitment a requisite.

Community Partnership Award

Intended to recognize arts schools and/or businesses that implement unique artistic and/or educational partnerships, this award is presented to a school or business that embraces the community by utilizing the arts and education as a vehicle for fostering artistic and educational understanding and community enhancement.

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award  

Designed to recognize excellence and achievement among rising arts schools' administrators and to highlight the educational innovation practices or programs of those leaders.

Governing/Support Board

This prestigious award recognizes a district Board of Education, individual school foundation, advisory, or friends’ boards for their outstanding commitment and support of high-quality arts education.

Higher Education

This national award recognizes postsecondary institutions or arts partnership programs in higher education for their continuous support of the sustainability of quality arts education in K-12 schools.

Outstanding Arts School Award

This award is presented to a school with an outstanding record of overall excellence in the categories of faculty and student achievement, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations, continuing growth and development, and state and national recognition.

New and Emerging School Award

This award is presented to a promising young school in its first three years of development. Designed to recognize schools that exemplify solid planning and well-defined goals, this award is given to a new school that demonstrates promise as an emerging school of excellence.

Outstanding Arts School Alumni Achievement Award

This award is designed to honor an outstanding alum that was enrolled in an Arts Schools Network member school. Created for the purpose of fostering artistic and academic achievement in talented young people, this honor is bestowed annually upon one former student whose commitment to excellence is demonstrated through outstanding accomplishment in the areas of citizenship, arts, and academics.

Research Initiative: Individual Award

This award recognizes an individual who has completed research in arts education, either in an Arts Schools Network member school or about issues pertinent to ASN schools. The research may be qualitative or quantitative. Supporting documents may include publications. Individual researchers may apply directly or be nominated by someone else.

Research Initiative: Institution/Organization/Corporation Award

This award recognizes a member that has fostered research in arts education, either relevant general research or specific research in an Arts Schools Network member school. The award honors an organization for its commitment to ongoing research and the dissemination of knowledge in research in arts education that foster the goals of ASN and arts education. The research project either completed or in-progress could be a collaborative effort with a college, university, or other partner organization.


This national recognition pays tribute to an outstanding arts education administrator serving as a superintendent or the top leader of a local school system, who supports the inclusion of a sequential arts-based curriculum.

Teacher of the Year Award

Because the foundation of an excellent arts education lies in the talents and dedication of outstanding artist mentors and teachers, this annual award recognizes a teacher whose commitment, abilities and achievements are exemplary.

The Jeffrey Lawrence Award

This award is granted to the head of an Arts Schools Network school who exemplifies an uncompromising commitment to excellence in arts education and arts training. Named in honor of the long-time head of the Professional Children’s School in New York, this is the most coveted award presented by ASN to an arts administrator.

ASN Presidential Founders Award

The ASN Presidential Founders Award is given at the discretion of the sitting President of the organization to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to a school or institution historically associated with the Art Schools Network and/or to Arts Schools Network.