To authorize the Secretary of Education to establish the national program for arts and technology.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``National Program for Arts and Technology Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDING AND PURPOSES.
(a) Finding.--Congress finds that the national program for arts and technology established under this Act will be the first national replication program in the United States dedicated to addressing the complex needs of the poor and undereducated by improving the sustainability of neighborhoods, communities, and regions. (b) Purposes.--It is the purpose of this Act to establish the national program for arts and technology to provide grants for qualifying centers and communities to implement or found a qualifying center which adopts the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Center of Origin, for the purposes of-- (1) creating an institution within an environment of poverty where individuals feel and foster a sense of belonging, and are valued and treated with dignity; (2) creating professional jobs for instructors, trainers, artists, administrators, and others; (3) collaborating with Federal agencies, private industry, nonprofit philanthropic organizations, and planning and economic development organizations to leverage other investment dollars on behalf of all stakeholders; (4) assisting business and industry to achieve long-term vitality by ensuring the development of a trained and knowledgeable workforce; (5) coordinating with existing social service entities and nonprofit...