American Foundation for Arts Education

The American Foundation for Arts Education, formerly The Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts, was founded by Broadway legend Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian.

Dr. Channing and Mr. Kullijian worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funding for arts education. Dr. Channing was awarded an honorary doctorate by Cal State Stanislaus which sparked the founding of The Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation, later renamed The American Foundation for Arts Education.

​In 2010, the United States Congress, inspired by the work of Dr. Channing and Mr. Kullijian, endorses the vital need for arts education in our public schools by unanimously passing HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 275 which designates the second week of September as “National Arts In Education Week.”

Harry passed away in 2011, one day shy of his 92nd birthday and Carol has since retired from the Foundation, but their legacy and memory continues through the work of family, friends, supporters, and the artistic community.


The AFAE Endowment will support one annual scholarship to a VPA student.