California Arts Council

State of California

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October 09, 2008Mary Beth Barber

The Arts Council provides over $1 million to 130 State Arts Organizations for "Artists in Schools"

Program designed to integrate community arts organizations into K-12 schools and after-school programs

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council is pleased to announce approved funding for 130 arts organizations for the agency's "Artists in Schools" program, a grant program designed to support artists in residency activities that take place in the classroom and in after-school settings.

"The Visual and Performing Arts are core subjects for California schoolchildren, and instruction from professional artists is a key component to a robust arts education under the state's educational standards," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "The Artists in Schools program brings schools, teachers, and after-school programs together with professional artists to teach dance, music, theater and visual arts to California's youth."

There are 123 organizations receiving funding in two categories: "Effective Arts Organization and School Partnerships" for projects taking place in schools during regular school hours, or "K-12 Standards-Based Arts in After-School Programs" for projects taking place on school campuses during non-school hours. Seven organizations received planning grants for the Artists in Schools program, designed to assist the arts organization and school partner to plan a course of action and strategies to incorporate community arts resources into the ongoing standards-based arts activities of a school. The total amount allocated for the 2008-09 Artists in Schools program is $1,139,695.

The list of funded organizations is below, along with each organization's city and the amount funded. Members of the press may contact Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director, at 916-322-6588 or Arts organizations or school administrators interested in information about the Artists in Schools program may contact Wayne Cook, Arts Education Administrator and Coordinator, at 916-322-6344 or

Artists in Schools
School and After-School Programs


About Productions (Pasadena) $7,500

ALICE: Arts and Literacy in Children's Education (Oakland) $9,600

Angel's Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro) $10,115

Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena) $10,200

Arts & Services for Disabled (Long Beach) $8,400

Arts Council of Kern (ACK) (Bakersfield) $8,400

Arts Council of Napa Valley (ACNV) (Napa) $9,600

Arts for the Schools (Tahoe Vista) $10,800

Arts in Education Aid Council, Inc. (Reseda) $9,600

ArtsChange (Richmond) $3,750

ArtSeed (San Francisco) $10,800

Asian Improv aRts (San Francisco) $9,600

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley) $10,200

Bethune Theatredanse (Los Angeles) $10,200

Blue Bear School of Music (San Francisco) $8,500

Bluepalm (Los Angeles) $9,600

Brava! For Women in the Arts (San Francisco) $9,600

California Center for the Arts, Escondido (Escondido) $8,400

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) $10,800

Cantare con Vivo (Oakland) $10,200

Casa Vargas Productions (San Jose) $9,000

Center For World Music (Olivenhain) $10,200

Central Sierra Arts Council (Sonora) $10,200

Chinese Cultural Productions (San Francisco) $10,800

City Ballet of Los Angeles (Los Angeles) $9,204

City Ballet of San Diego (San Diego) $8,800

City of San Fernando (San Fernando) $10,800

Civic Arts Education City of Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek) $9,000

Class - A.C.T. (Cardiff) $7,644

Community School of Music and Arts (Mountain View) $9,000

Community Works (Berkeley) $10,200

Company of Angels (Los Angeles) $8,048

contra-tiempo (Los Angeles) $7,543

Crowden Center for Music in the Community (Berkeley) $9,660

CSUSM Fdn for Center Artes (San Marcos) $8,500

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (Santa Cruz) $6,986

Dance Kaiso (San Francisco) $10,800

Danza Floricanto/USA (Pasadena) $9,000

Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (Crescent City) $4,800

Dell'Arte International (Blue Lake) $10,200

Dimensions Dance Theater (Oakland) $10,800

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond) $9,600

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (Oakland) $10,200

Eveoke Dance Theatre (San Diego) $7,809

Farragut Fan Club (Culver City) $4,896

Friends of Forestville School Education (Forestville) $5,584

Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation (Encino) $9,000

Gamelan Sekar Jaya (El Cerrito) $9,945

Ginga Arts (Los Angeles) $10,200

Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco) $9,600

Greenway Court Theatre (Los Angeles) $10,200

The HeArt Project (Los Angeles) $10,800

Helendale Educational Foundation (Helendale) $2,611

Higher Gliffs (Oakland) $10,200

Humboldt Arts Council (Eureka) $5,117

The Imagine Bus Project (San Francisco) $9,600

Ink People Center for the Arts (Eureka) $10,200

Inland Pacific Ballet (Montclair) $9,600

Inside Out Community Arts (Venice) $10,800

JazzFresno, Inc (Fresno) $9,600

Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater (San Diego) $6,300

Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) $10,200

Kid Serve Youth Murals (San Francisco) $10,800

LACER: Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation, (Hollywood) $9,000

LEAP - Imagination in Learning (San Francisco) $9,232

Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach) $9,600

Los Angeles Opera (Los Angeles) $10,800

Luna Kids Dance (Berkeley) $9,600

Magic Theatre (San Francisco) $10,200

Malashock Dance (San Diego) $9,000

Marcus A Foster Educational Institute (Oakland) $10,800

Mariachi Heritage Society (South El Monte) $10,200

Marin Shakespeare Company (San Rafael) $8,400

The Marsh (San Francisco) $10,200

Media Arts Center San Diego (San Diego) $10,200

Melody of China, Inc. (San Francisco) $9,600

Mono Council for The Arts (Mammoth Lakes) $8,400

Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA) (Oakland) $8,400

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (La Jolla) $9,000

Music Center Education Division (Los Angeles) $10,800

Music is Extraordinary (Oakland) $5,328

New Century Chamber Orchestra (San Francisco) $10,200

Oakland Dance, Inc. (Oakland) $9,000

Oakland East Bay Symphony (Oakland) $10,800

Oaktown Jazz Workshops (Oakland ) $8,145

Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside) $3,080

Ojai Music Festival (Ojai) $8,500

Opera Piccola (Oakland) $10,800

Out of Site (San Francisco) $10,200

P.S. Arts (Los Angeles) $8,400

Performing Arts Workshop (San Francisco) $10,800

Playwrights Project (San Diego) $10,200

Plumas Arts (Quincy) $9,600

Presidio Performing Arts Foundation (San Francisco) $9,000

Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, Inc. (Oakland) $10,800

RDNC (San Francisco) $8,437

Redwood Heights School Parents’ Fund (Oakland) $8,500

San Diego Art Institute (San Diego )$10,030

San Diego Ballet (San Diego) $6,967

San Diego Guild of Puppetry (Chula Vista) $10,200

San Diego Opera (San Diego) $10,800

San Diego Youth Symphony (San Diego) $9,498

San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco) $10,200

San Francisco Arts Education Project (San Francisco) $10,200

San Francisco Ballet (San Francisco) $9,600

San Jose Children's Musical Theater (San Jose) $10,200

Santa Barbara Dance Institute (Santa Barbara) $9,600

ShadowLight Productions (San Francisco) $4,250

Shakespeare Festival/LA (Los Angeles) $10,800

Southwest Chamber Music (Pasadena) $10,800

Stagebridge (Oakland) $4,841

Stanislaus Arts Council (Modesto) $9,600

Stockton Symphony (Stockton) $10,200

Streetside Stories (San Francisco) $10,200

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (Culver City) $8,773

Tapestry Arts (San Jose) $9,647

Theatre of Hearts/Youth First (Los Angeles) $9,600

Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods (Venice) $5,952

Ventura County Arts Council (Ventura) $10,200

Very Special Arts California (Sacramento) $5,985

Woman's Will (San Francisco) $9,718

Yolo County Arts Council (Woodland) $9,600

Z Space Studio (San Francisco) $9,600


Artists in Schools
Planning Grants


San Benito County Arts Council (Hollister) $2,500

Stanford Jazz Workshop (Stanford) $2,500

All American Ballet (Ventura) $2,500

Sierra County Arts Council (Downieville) $2,500

Moxie Theatre (Encinitas) $2,500

Fresno Art Museum (Fresno) $2,500

Santa Clarita Performing Art Center (Santa Clarita) $2,500

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Eunice David, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton, Susan Steinhauser and William Turner.

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