California Arts Council

State of California

Artists in Schools grant recipients announced
Almost $1.2 million to support arts learning; 135 organizations contracted 

Published: 08-31-2011

The California Arts Council announces funding for the 2011-12 "Artists in Schools" program. "Artists in Schools" is designed to support professional teaching artists in residency activities in classrooms and after-school programs. The program will provide funding for 135 arts organizations to help bring music, theater, dance, visual arts and related arts to children statewide during the 2011-12 school year.

The organizations receiving funding are in two categories: teaching artists' residency activity, and planning grants. There are 129 organizations that will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists to in-school and after-school settings, and six organizations that will receive planning grants designed to assist the arts organization and school partner to plan a course of action to incorporate arts into the classroom and community.

"The arts are crucial to a student's educational development, and especially enhance the essential life and career skills of creativity and imagination," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Our agency supports standards-based arts education through the Artists in Schools program so professional teaching artists can enhance the imagination and creativity of our state's school-age children."

Music, theater, dance, and the visual arts are at the core of these standards-based teaching artists' residencies that will engage students from different socio-economic backgrounds in positive artistic expression. Examples of residencies vary from robust music programs, to public art projects that involve students and members of the community, to theater training and public performances. The total amount allocated for the 2011-12 Artists in Schools program is $1,099,995.

See full Press Release with more details, including a description of each organization's specific contribution to arts learning in California through the Artists in Schools 2011-12 program.

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