Arts & Enrichment

This page will list various organizations who offer workshops, grants, courses, etc for schools and parents to utilize.

Educational Technology Grants:


National Council of Teachers of English:

Fundsnet Services:

School Grants:

The Lawrence Foundation:

Rockefeller Foundation:

National Science Foundation:

Writing Workshops
Located at 372 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Offers FREE workshops at schools and also at their site for class trips and families.
From their website:

826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 

Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are  fundamental to future success.
With this in mind we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. 

All of our free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

Student Achievement Grants
Web site:
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. 
Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged.

Notification: Applications may be submitted at any time. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead. Applications are reviewed three times per year, every year.Target Field Trip Grants

Think Outside the Classroom
Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.

Since launching the program in 2007, Target has awarded $9.76 million in grants—providing 1.2 million students in all 50 states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies.

As part of the program, each Target store will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K—12 schools nationwide—enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. Each grant is valued up to $700.

9/11 Turning Park 51 Into A Teachable Moment:Curriculum/Fact Sheets  

Turning Park51 Into a Teachable Moment: Curriculum Guide and Fact Sheets

The controversy surrounding the Park51 Cultural Center in lower Manhattan has been at the forefront of the media and the nation's consciousness recently. Chances are, your students have encountered this issue and are thinking about it. And chances are this issue is going to reach your classroom this fall - especially around 9/11. 

Tanenbaum's Religion and Diversity Education program specializes in multi-cultural/coexistence education that includes religion as a component of identity to be recognized and respected. We therefore tackled this divisive debate by creating resources for educators to help turn the Park51 controversy into a lesson in coexistence. Included with this Curriculum Guide are balanced materials and resources to address this contentious conflict.

The materials are designed to help educators encourage students to think critically about Park51 specifically and conflict in general, to ask hard questions, to learn about conflicts in life and to identify and use civil ways to resolve them.

Tanenbaum believes that a major purpose of education is to prepare our students to become thoughtful global citizens who recognize that they have a civic responsibility to engage others with respect, especially when disagreements arise.

In the case of Park51, while the issue itself is of great import, the ways in which conflict has been manifested through language and behavior point to a greater need for education and critical thinking skills for working through contentious issues. Amid the wisdom and thoughtfulness on all sides of the argument, we also find ignorance, a lack of understanding and curiosity and hatefulness, which can, has and will lead to violence and phobic behavior.

We offer these materials to educators to be considered as the beginning of an ongoing process. They are intended to provide guidance rather than directives. Educators know their environments and students best, and are in the unique position of working toward the imperative of coexistence and cultivating global citizenship among their students. 

We are proud to join you in this effort.

*    Download the Curriculum Guide  

*    Download the Opposition to Places of Worship in America Fact Sheet 

*    Download the September 11, 2001 Fact Sheet  

Other Resources and Links:

Abraham's Children
A feature documentary about Islam's positive influence on shaping the character of young Muslim Americans and their families (Clock Wise Productions).

America, Muslims and the Ground Zero Controversy
 Unity Productions Foundation elevates the conversation around Park51, promoting civil, informed discourse around some of the broader questions - What did the 9/11 tragedy feel like to American Muslims? What is the story behind the interfaith group in New Jersey that helped build a mosque? What do Muslims worldwide really believe about terrorism? What are the aspirations of American Muslims? These resources are currently being made available free of charge. (PBS).

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
 A 20-year-old college student travels across America in the aftermath of 9/11, camera in hand, documenting hate violence against the Sikh community (New Moon Productions).

Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition    New York Times

American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?    New York Times

Controversies Over Mosques and Islamic Centers Across the U.S.
PEW Forum

The Debate Over the Proposed Community Center in Downtown Manhattan (Audio)    Council on Foreign Relations (AUDO from CFR Call)

Howard Dean: NYC Mosque a "Real Affront"    CBS News

Imam behind controversial New York Islamic center speaks    CNN

Imam Talks Compromise on Islamic Center    New York Times 

Intolerance    New Yorker

Islam has long history downtown: Why the 'Ground Zero mosque' belongs in lower Manhattan    Daily News

Islamic Center Exposes Mixed Feelings Locally    New York Times 

Looking at Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S.    New York Times

Mosque debate: New Yorkers take dim view of rabble-rousing outsiders    Washington Post

The Mosque Rage Boils Over: Anti-Muslim Attacks Increasing Across US    TIME 

Muslim Leaders Unite Behind Center    New York Times 

NY Governor Paterson to discuss relocating Muslim center    Reuters

Obama says ground zero mosque upholds principle of equal treatment    New York Times 

Parsing the Record of Feisal Abdul Rauf    New York Times

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam     PEW Forum

Reaction to Quran burning plan pours in from around the world    CNN

Religious Freedom, Free Speech Face Off Nationwide    NPR  

Rural Controversy: A Mosque in Sheboygan,8599,2011842,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopularemail    Time

Teenagers Charged in Harassment at Mosque    New York Times

TIME Poll: Majority Oppose Mosque, Many Distrust Muslims,8599,2011799,00.html/r:t    TIME

Vandalism at Madera Islamic center called hate crime     FresnoBee

America's "Good Muslims" Are Being Left Out to Dry    Huffington Post

Charles Krauthammer's transparent dodge    Washington Post

Daisy Khan: "When will Muslims be accepted?"    Washington Post

Ground Zero Mosque: Why Some Muslims Don't Want It, Either    News America Media

A loyal Muslim American laments the mosque mess    Salon

The Mosque at Ground Zero    Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)

The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    SalonThe Mosque at Ground Zero     Anti-Defamation League (from National Director of ADL)The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"    Salon

The Muslims in the Middle    New York Times

Obama muddles his mosque message    Washington Post

Why America Needs More Muslims    Alternet

Would Park51, the "ground zero mosque" be a symbol of religious tolerance, and should that be an American goal?    Southern California Public Radio

Organizations Abrahamic Family Reunion  (AFR)- Emphasizes shared values of compassion and justice, explores positive historical precedents, and acknowledges collective traumas.

Facing History and Ourselves - Delivers classroom strategies, resources and lessons that inspire young people to take responsibility for their world.

First Amendment Center  - A nonpartisan source of information on the values of free expression and religious liberty protected by the First Amendment.

Intersections International  - A New York-based global initiative dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, national borders and other boundaries that divide humanity.

Islamic Networks Group (ING)  - A non-profit, educational organization that promotes religious literacy and mutual respect through on-site presentations, cultural competency seminars and interfaith dialogues. Founded in 1993 , ING and its affiliates  serve communities of all faiths or none throughout the United States.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University <>  - Helps Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.

Project Explorer
Fosters the next generation of global citizens by encouraging awareness of the world beyond a student's own community through the creation, production, and distribution of engaging and free multi-media educational materials (Press Release: Combats Growing Nationwide Anti-Muslim Sentiment: Kids educational program promotes positive image of Middle East

Curriculum: Controversy over the NYC Muslim Community Center & the 9/11 experience    Teachable Moment