OVATION is partnering with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) on this year’s innOVATION Awards, which will recognize and provide support to schools that have developed model STEAM programs and will raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.

Goal: To recognize schools that have successfully executed model STEAM programs or schools that have effectively incorporated the arts into integrated learning.

Up to eight (8) $10,000 awards will be given for total funding of $80,000.


STEAM integrates the Arts as an essential component in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, thereby developing students’ creativity and critical thinking skills and encouraging an innovative and creative workforce.

Eligibility – Who Can Apply

At the time of application:

  • Applicants must be a public school (charter and magnet schools included) within the United States K-12 education system.
  • STEAM Schools/Programs: Schools with programs that deliver integrated curriculum including science, technology, engineering, arts (fine, performing, visual, media) and math.
  • STEM Schools/programs that integrate the arts into their STEM curriculum.
  • Art-focused Schools/programs that integrate STEM into their arts curriculum.

NOTE: These schools may not identify themselves as a STEAM school or program, yet execute curriculum that incorporates STEAM subjects.


Applications will be judged on the following:

  1. The rigor and quality of the program implementation and execution as demonstrated by:
    • A rigorous, systemic and programmatic integration of one or more STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and one or more arts disciplines (fine, performing, visual, media) in their educational approach.
    • A clear definition of what STEAM integration means to your school or program that is shared by teachers and administrators and is conveyed to the students and the community.
    • Required benchmarks at each grade level, met with reality-based projects to strengthen student’s knowledge and understanding of core concepts.
    • An inclusion of students’ STEAM projects as part of the grading rubric.
  2. The creativity and innovation of the STEAM project or program as demonstrated by:
    • Cross-curricular alignment between the core and arts curricula. (Where an arts program is integrated with the core curricula beyond the language and social arts formally required in schools.)
    • Left and right-brained instruction and curricula.
    • Making the classic content of the core technology, engineering and art fields relevant to the culture of the modern age.
    • Incorporating ways for students to be creative and discover new things based on current information from the fields they relate to in the rapidly advancing world.
  3. Schools that have established robust partnerships with the larger community and the arts to enhance learning.


The Application Process Will Open
August 26, 2013.

Required Supplementary Material

Schools are required to submit all of the following supplementary materials in support of their applications:

  • A one-page letter of support from an elected official or school district board member. (Mayor, Governor, School Board Member, etc.)
  • A lesson plan brief and grading rubric from one grade level outlining a cross-curricular STEAM project.
  • One to three images relating to STEAM project(s) and/or one video submitted via a YouTube link.


innOVATION Awards

Ovation has developed these award guidelines in consultation with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). All three agencies will distribute the guidelines, and Ovation will conduct a peer-review panel including representatives from PCAH and AFTA.

  • August 26, 2013 — Application Process Opens
  • October 28, 2013 — Deadline for Submissions - 5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • November 2013 — Applicant Review Process Completed and Awardees Selected
  • Early 2014 — Award Winners Announced at Ceremony

The awardees will be honored in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., and will be highlighted through the national online platforms of PCAH, AFTA and Ovation.

Grantees must be willing to be featured in various electronic media and print publications for Ovation, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts.


Regarding program requirements, funding requirements, or the timeline, contact: Caryn Denerstein at cdenerstein@ovationtv.com or Sonia Tower at stower@ovationtv.com.

UPDATE: Thank you to all who applied for the 2013 innOVATION STEAM Awards. We are in the final stages of the review process and will let all applicants know the results by the end of the month. A formal announcement is expected to take place in the spring. Once again, thank you for your interest in the innOVATION STEAM Awards.