California Arts Council

State of California

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October 17, 2013Caitlin Fitzwater

California Arts Council provides nearly $1 million to 118 Arts Organizations for "Artists in Schools"

Grants support K-12 arts education programs in schools throughout California


 The California Arts Council announces funding for its 2012-13 Artists in Schools Program. Artists in Schools supports professional teaching artists in classroom and after-school settings. The 2013-14 Artists in Schools Program will provide funding for 118 arts organizations to help bring instruction in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and other art forms to children statewide during the school year. The total amount awarded through the 2013-14 Artists in Schools program is $944,784.

"Arts education leads to increased creativity, higher graduation rates, and greater aspirations," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Through Artists in Schools, the California Arts Council strives to improve K-12 education for thousands of our state's children - many who might not have access to arts education without the high-quality teaching artist residencies of the Artists in Schools program."

The organizations receive funding in two areas: teaching-artists' residency activity, and planning grants. One hundred and fourteen organizations will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists to in-school and after-school programs. These arts education experiences will provide a creative space and learning where K-12 students are able to find their own creativity and work together as innovative thinkers. The list of funded organizations and a description of their teaching artists' work is below.

Four organizations will receive small Artists in Schools Planning grants, which are designed to assist the arts organization and school partner to plan a course of action for the future and develop strategies to integrate arts into the classroom. Planning grant recipients include Top Hat Dancers (Los Angeles County), Mariposa Arts Council, Trinity Arts Council, and Colusa County Arts Council.

Funding for this program comes in part from the sale of the Arts Plate, the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. If one million drivers put Arts Plates on their vehicles, California would have $40 million for the arts and arts education annually. More information is available at

Arts organizations or school administrators interested in information about the Artists in Schools program, including details and application deadlines, may contact Wayne Cook, Arts Education Administrator and Coordinator, at 916-322-6344 or

Artist in Schools Grant Recipients: 

About Productions, Inc.

Los Angeles County

About Productions will work with up to 40 students (at Monterey Continuation High School serving highest risk youth in East L.A) to interview each other and their neighbors and then create their own one-act plays, paint a mural on a school wall, and produce two culminating performances interacting with the mural. $7,680

Alameda County Arts Commission
Alameda County

Alameda County Arts Commission will support Creative Power, an arts education program that empowers and educates youths at the county's Juvenile Justice Center. Three teaching artists mentor youths to learn different media and improve their life-skills through art. $9,840

Angels Gate Cultural Center

Los Angeles County

Angels Gate Cultural Center will provide 200 children with 4,800 hours of arts instruction in the Los Angeles Harbor region at the Port of Los Angeles High School with 12 weekly, two-hour sessions of skill-based arts education. $7,680

Armory Center for the Arts

Los Angeles County

The Armory Center for the Arts in partnership with Milagro Charter School, will provide 12 weeks of sequential, standards-based visual arts instruction to grades K-5 through Artist Residencies. The year culminates with the highly attended Milagro Art Night featuring student artwork. $9,840

Arts and Learning Corporation

Orange County

The Arts and Learning Corporation will work with students for 20 weeks at all levels of production, including acting, directing, costuming, and backstage to produce the wondrous story of The Wizard of Oz. $5,537

Arts Consortium

Tulare County

Arts Consortium will bring four local professional artists to the entire 4th and 5th grades at Summit Charter Academy (SCA). The curriculum was developed by the artists in collaboration with SCA teachers through an AIS Planning Grant. $3,285

Arts Council for Monterey County
Monterey County

The Arts Council for Monterey County will provide high quality arts education activities to middle school students in Gonzales to produce songs, short dramas, a mural, and finally, an animation about our changing ocean. $8,760

Arts Council of Mendocino County
Mendocino County

Mendocino Poets in the Schools will help professional writers lead poetry workshops in four rural Mendocino County schools. Students study a variety of cultural and stylistic traditions and learn to write and recite their own original poems. $9,840

Arts Council Napa Valley
Napa County

The Arts Council of Napa Valley will present professional puppeteers Michael and Valerie Nelson in performance and use puppetry and drama activities in an integrated art curriculum based on Leonard Bernstein at Salvador Elementary school. $9,840

Arts Council Sonoma County

Sonoma County

The Arts Council Sonoma County will deliver long-term and in-depth poetry writing residencies at four public schools utilizing professional poets who will deliver a standards-based curriculum that adds the magic of visual art and theater to the magic of poetry. $3,776

sian Improv aRts  

San Francisco County

Asian Improv will support residencies at three San Francisco public schools. The program has 16 students studying piano, and taiko and dance to 105 students at Clarendon and 35 students at Redding afterschool. $7,680

Berkeley Symphony

Alameda County

Berkeley Symphony will present "Music in the Schools" in four Berkeley California Schools with an interactive music education program aligned with the visual and performing arts content standards for music. $8,760

Bethune Theatredanse
Los Angeles County

Bethune Theatredanse will teach their Infinite Dreams curriculum to a total of 70 special needs students.  The residency will conclude with a performance at school and a public performance at the local Very Special Arts Festival. $9,840

Boxtales Theatre Company

Santa Barbara County

The Boxtales Theater Company will provide a 12-week residency to 4th graders at two elementary schools. Through this project, students will learn acting skills, become more self-aware and self-confident, improve their self-motivation, increase their teamwork ability, and be exposed to important pieces of world literature. $4,624

California Dance Institute

Los Angeles County

California Dance Institute will help sponsor one of eight participating schools for a year of weekly dance instruction. The program gives children an understanding of the fundamentals of movement, rhythm, and music through structured energetic dance classes. $9,840

California Institute of the Arts

Los Angeles County

The California Institute of the Arts through the CalArts Community Arts Partnership will provide a 15-week, three hours per week in-school photography class at Wooden, a continuation high school. $9,840

California Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Contra Costa County

The California Symphony Orchestra will fund the second year of Sound Minds, an instrumental music program offered to 1st and 2nd grade students at Downer Elementary in San Pablo. The program is modeled after the rigorous El Sistema program. $8,760

Cantare Con Vivo

Alameda County

Cantare Con Vivo, by way of its program Cantare Children's Choirs of Oakland, will partner with four Oakland schools to conduct 12- to 28-week residencies. The music will be aligned with language arts, California History and multicultural introductions to music. $8,760

Center for World Music

San Diego County

The project will permit four highly skilled native (or native-trained) artist-teachers to conduct year-round in-depth residencies of traditional music and dance from South Africa, Iran, Indonesia, and Mexico. In four selected K-8 San Diego public schools, weekly classes will be offered to both advanced students (i.e., those currently participating in these classes) as well as beginning students (i.e., those starting fresh in the Academic Year 2013-14). All classes will be strictly hands-on participation, namely, group dance lessons and group music lessons. $9,840

Central California Art League Inc.

Stanislaus County

The Central California Art League will work with students from the Fremont Open Plan Elementary School in Modesto to acquire an overall understanding of the elements of visual art and their applications. Through examples, directed activities and reflection, students will learn the vocabulary and applications of the elements using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastel and papier mache. $4,350

Central Sierra Arts Council

Tuolumne County

The Central Sierra Arts Council will present standards-based Theater, Music and Visual Art residencies to four school districts in Tuolumne County. All of the artists are fluent in the California State standards. $7,680

Chinese Cultural Productions

San Francisco County

Chinese Cultural Productions will support after-school arts education programs at three San Francisco elementary schools. Instructors will provide nine hours of weekly classes in traditional Chinese dance to approximately 70 students for 30 weeks. Each school program will culminate in one on-site public performance and one public performance in a San Francisco arts venue. $8,760

City Ballet, Inc.

San Diego County

City Ballet will offer a 28-week dance artist-in-residence program for all second grade students (approximately 180) at Porter Elementary, a Title I school in one of San Diego's most underserved neighborhoods. The course culminates with the students performing in school assemblies for their peers and families. $7,680

City of San Fernando

Los Angeles County

The City of San Fernando's Mariachi Master Apprentice Program (MMAP) connects master musicians with underserved youth in an instructional experience that preserves mariachi music traditions through a quality apprenticeship program incorporating artistic and historical accuracy. The program targets advanced instrument instruction, arrangement, and performance skills for 35 youth for 32 weeks. $11,041

Community Works West

Alameda County

Community Work West will integrate standards-based visual arts instruction into a Restorative Justice class at MetWest High School in Oakland. During the 32-week residency, students develop aesthetic perception and valuing by studying public art, symbolism, and art as a platform for social change. $9,840

Composing Together

Alameda County

Composing Together will present 12-week sessions and two concerts to two Oakland Middle Schools. The professional artists will work with students to develop a comfort level and understanding of the creative process and how it relates to their lives. $2,240

Coronado School of the Arts

San Diego County

Coronado School of the Arts, a 4-year, public, arts conservatory at Coronado High School, will contract with 2 artists for a 20-week residency that will engage students in a music, dance and video project. Randy Phillips, a professional musician and songwriter, will guide teams of music students to compose, arrange, and record original songs. Tony Perri, a professional film and video maker, will work with teams of students to produce a video using the original compositions and acoustic arrangements. Outcomes of this project will include collaboration across four art forms. $4,800

Crowden Music Center

Alameda County

The Crowden Music Center will continue to present for the eighth year, a comprehensive, sequential music education program to 275 Berkeley public school children in grades K-2 at Washington Elementary School. $8,760

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz will work with students at Amesti Elementary, a school with 80% English Language Learners to increase students' language and academic competency, and gain confidence through FRESH PAINT. FRESH PAINT emphasizes meeting outcomes in the new common core standards. It is a visual and performance based literacy program that uses classic works of art as inspiration for original narrative writing, combining visual and theatre arts with writing and reading comprehension skills. $8,760

Dance Kaiso

San Francisco County

Dance Kaiso will present a residency of Afro-centric music and dance forms developed in the Americas from the mid-19th century at Meadows-Livingstone School (K-6) and San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (incarcerated youth grades 7-12). $7,680

Dell Arte, Inc.

Humboldt County

Dell Arte International will build on a long-standing relationship with Blue Lake School to provide high-quality theatre instruction to kindergarten and 8th grade classes. The instruction will culminate in the creation of fully-staged original theatre productions made by and with and for the students of each class. $4,224

Diablo Ballet

Humboldt County

Diablo Ballet will present a movement curriculum to the 2nd-graders at two Title I schools in 12 annual classroom visits. $8,760

Dimensions Dance Theater

Alameda County

Dimensions Dance Theatre will provide dance classes for children and youth through their award-winning in-school residency program, Rites of Passage, in four Oakland public schools, during the 2013-2014 school year. $9,840

Eagle Rock Community Cultural Association

Los Angeles County

Eagle Rock Community Culture Association will present professional artist residencies at four Title I Schools. Students will experience a range of deepening training in visual art--from representational painting in a portfolio building class to sculpture and installation--tailored to VAPA standards at various grade levels serving ages 8-16. $7,680

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Alameda County

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts will provide after-school performing arts classes at two elementary schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The classes are free and open to all students at each school site. $8,760

East Bay Performing Arts (Oakland East Bay Symphony)

Alameda County

The Oakland East Bay Symphony will serve four schools: Franklin Elementary, Edna Brewer Middle School, Westlake Middle, and Skyline High, which will serve a total of 407 students, the majority representing disadvantaged populations. The curriculum throughout the yearlong residency will focus on ongoing, sequential, standards-based instrumental instruction.  $8,760


ETM-LA, Inc.

Los Angeles County

ETM-LA will work with students at Castelar and Foster Elementary Schools to receive free music classes taught by professional teaching artists, and students will perform music selections throughout the year. $9,840

Fantasia Family Music

Los Angeles County

Fantasia Family Music will provide an original custom designed performing arts program for each of 6 grade levels. These musicals incorporate vocals, dance/movement and drama into a one-hour final production, accompanied by a live band, for parents and students. $7,680

Forestville Education Foundation

Sonoma County

The Forestville Education Foundation will provide hands-on visual art experiences for 160 K-3 students. The students are exposed to art history, cultural arts, and art vocabulary while they create with a variety of tools, media and art concepts. $7,142

Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation

Los Angeles County

The Gabriella Foundation through its program, everybody dance!, will provide dance classes to underserved, inner-city children in Los Angeles. The grant will help everybody dance! provide professional, standards-based dance instruction during the school day to students at the Gabriella Charter School (GCS), a K-8 dance-themed public school (which is also a program of the Foundation). $9,840

Ginga Arts Inc.  

Los Angeles County

Ginga Arts will continue its support for the continuation of a 10-month Capoeira residency program with Brazilian Capoeira master, Mestre Batata, at the Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES) located in South Los Angeles. This project will feature 8.5 hours of weekly instruction in Capoeira, combining dance, music, and singing for all 297 students in grades K-6 grades at ACES, including children with special needs. $7,680

Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society, Inc.

Los Angeles County

Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society will present three professional teaching artists to instruct at least 70 students at Magnolia Elementary School in the City of Los Angeles. There are 11 lesson plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. The course repeats every 12 weeks with increasingly advanced material. $9,840

Higher Gliffs

Alameda County

Higher Gliffs will work with master aerosol writing practitioner, Desi W.O.M.E who will lead a class of 20 students through a year-long workshop. The class will begin with traditional and aerosol calligraphy, move into individual stylized outlines and culminate in a series of public murals. $8,760

Humboldt Arts Council

Humboldt County

The Humboldt Arts Council will place trained, experienced poet teachers in Humboldt County schools to work with students from grades K-12 in hands-on, sequential training in poetry writing, reading, recitation, and publishing. These residencies will follow and exceed the age-appropriate California Visual and Performing Arts Content and English-Language Arts Content Standards. $9,840

Imagination Workshop

Los Angeles County

Imagination Workshop will provide two 1.5-hour weekly group sessions at one school for 32 weeks, serving from 10-20 students at each site. In each group, at-risk young people are offered a safe way to express themselves through metaphor and through creating and performing original theatre works. $7,680

Imagine Bus Project

San Francisco County

The Imagine Bus Project will present two Teaching Artists to the San Francisco Unified School District's after school programs at Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary, Malcolm X Academy, and Paul Revere Elementary. The Artists will provide standards-based visual arts curricula to approximately 185 K-5th grade students over a period of 32 weeks. $8,760

Ink People, Inc.

Humboldt County

The Ink People will spend 32 weeks at Blue Lake Elementary, teaching about community music of the world. Students will focus on identifying the regions of origin for the rhythms being learned, learning appropriate rhythmic vocabulary for these, and developing the articulation of rhythms. $7,680

Inside Out Community Arts, Inc.

Los Angeles County

The School Project (TSP) is an award-winning, standards-based after-school arts education program serving approximately 250 middle and 40 high school youth from underserved communities throughout Los Angeles County. Working together with professional artists, youth create and present original productions that showcase issues of importance in their lives. $8,760

Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Co., Inc.

Santa Clara County

Kaisahan of San Jose will present twenty weeks of Philippines folk dance classes that meet weekly, taught by artistic director and choreographer Helen Pastor-Moreno. She will teach 10 classes at four different locations. $8,760

Kala Art Institute

Alameda County

Kala will conduct two visual arts residencies at Emery Secondary School in Emeryville. The Artists in Schools residencies will reach 120 students during the 2013-14 school year and are designed to complement classroom curriculum and meet State Content Standards. Kala is transitioning to integrate with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. $9,840

L.A.C.E.R. After-school Programs

Los Angeles County

L.A.C.E.R. working with professional artists/instructors will provide standards-based, instrumental music and vocal instruction for the low-income, predominantly Latino youth at LeConte Middle School, a Title I LAUSD School. Working with the Rock Band, the students learn to play the basic instruments of a band: bass guitar, drums, keyboard and acoustic guitar. $8,405

La Peña Cultural Center Inc.

Alameda County

La Pena Cultural Center in collaboration with Emerson Elementary School will provide 64 hours of music education as well as performance opportunities to students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as part of Emerson's after-school program. Students learn to play in a Latin music ensemble, work in smaller groups for personalized attention, and do activities designed to develop musicianship and an understanding of the culture, history and geography of Latin America and the Caribbean. $3,222

Leap...imagination in learning

San Francisco County

Leap...imagination in learning will offer customized programs in three schools where a Leap Artist goes into the classroom to teach creative projects in theater, music, dance, visual arts, architecture and/or creative writing. These programs will enable students to experience the arts interwoven with school curriculum. At the end of each residency, a showcase will present the students' work to parents, fellow students and teachers. $7,680

Living Jazz/Rhythmic Concepts

Alameda County

Living Jazz will present a music education program with an integrated approach to VAPA standards. Through a sequential progression of exercises, OCCC focuses on the fundamentals of ear, voice, and rhythm training; blend, tone, enunciation and harmony for large group ensemble singing; performance skills such as stage etiquette and vocal dynamics; and the historical and cultural context of the repertoire. OCCC performs special arrangements of repertoire in school assemblies and as the opening act for In the Name of Love, LJ's annual production honoring Dr. King. $6,204

Los Angeles Master Chorale Association

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) will utilize three professional artists--a singer, a composer and a lyricist-- to write lyrics and compose music for an original multi-movement work during a 20-week songwriting residency in two classrooms. The residency culminates with student-composers singing their oratorio alongside members of the LAMC Chamber. $11,041

Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation

Los Angeles County

The Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Company plans to continue its dance program at Dorsey High School and replicate its success at Crenshaw High School all as a part of their Our Neighborhood Dance Initiative. These two schools are closest in proximity to Lula Washington's Dance Studio. The instruction is based on the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. $7,680

Luna Kids Dance, Inc.

Alameda County

Luna Kids Dance will work with two schools to implement comprehensive scope and sequence K-8 standards-based dance education programs. Dance is brought to each school through a professional development model which includes model dance classes, side-by-side coaching, in-services, and family dance events. $9,840

Lux Art Institute

San Diego County

Lux Art Institute will support an 18-week visual art program to students in grades 1, 3, 4, and 6 at Ocean Knoll Elementary School. Artist Johnny King will present mini-museum exhibitions to allow students to explore and discuss museum-quality art in their classrooms. $9,840

Malashock Dance

San Diego County

Malashock Dance will expand its highly successful Academics in Motion program by launching the Math in Motion program in three schools serving K-6 students. The residency will engage students and classroom teachers in the process of integrating dance with common core math curriculum, which improves the likelihood of success for a larger percentage of students. $8,760

Mammoth Art Guild, Inc.

Mono County

Mammoth Art Guild, Inc. (dba Mono County Arts Council) will continue working with four schools to allow more time for hands-on learning of the art techniques. Mono Council will develop lesson plans for each school to continue their instruction in opera/history of opera. $7,680

Marin Shakespeare Company

Marin County

Marin Shakespeare Company will use the funds from the California Arts Council to provide sequential, standards-based performing arts instruction for students grades K-5 at Lynwood Elementary School in Novato and Laurel Dell and Short School in San Rafael. All three schools serve large numbers of low-income families and English language learners. According to the 2012 APR Report, Laurel Dell and Short School has a population of 84% of economically disadvantaged students, and Lynwood 61%. $8,760

Marin Theatre Company

Marin County

Marin Theatre Company will provide students an in-depth experience in the arts with instruction from professional theatre artists using VAPA Theater Content Standards. Curriculum is structured to fit the needs of each school. MTC sends a teaching artist one to two times per week for a semester into middle schools, using drama to enliven and deepen and illuminate the English and/or Social Studies core curriculum. $7,300

Media Arts Center San Diego

San Diego County

Media Arts Center San Diego will develop an in-school partnership with Crawford High School in City Heights to develop artistic abilities, visual analytical skills and community engagement of students during two 15-week courses. Twenty total students will be reached and will receive hands-on instruction from an artist-instructor. $11,041

Melody of China

San Francisco County

Melody of China will conduct its after school Chinese music class at Sunset Elementary School in San Francisco. Students, grades 2 - 5, will learn how to play a Chinese instrument with Melody of China teaching artists. Instruments offered include: yangqin (hammered dulcimer), guzheng (zither), erhu (2-string bowed fiddle), pipa (lute), dizi (bamboo flute), ruan (moon guitar) and paigu (Chinese percussion). $8,760

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Orange County

Muckenthaler Cultural Center will continue and expand its successful programs with Project Hope School, a school for homeless children and Imperial Middle School, a Title I School. The program will reach 280 students for a total of nine hours per week in the school. $6,144

Music by the Mountain, Inc.

Siskiyou County


Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County 
Los Angeles County

Music by the Mountain will work with 4th through 8th grade students in two schools to present Go West. This performance will deepen the students' skills and knowledge as the company continues their residency from last year. $3,520

In October 2013, The Music Center will enter the third year of a partnership with the Julian Nava Learning Academy (LA Unified School District 5, South Los Angeles), helping teachers gain capacity to integrate dance instruction into sequential, standards-based classroom learning. The expanded program will launch two 12-week artist residencies in Flamenco dance for students in grades 6-8. Through the project, students will also experience professional assembly performances and participate in student-led presentations of what they have learned.  $8,760

Oakland Youth Chorus

Alameda County

Oakland Youth Chorus will support after-school choral music education classes that complement the school-day curriculum. Four elementary and 2 middle school Chorus classes will be taught by accomplished performing musicians and teachers Michelle Jacques, Bryan Dyer and LaNell Martin. Classes will reach 110 students in grades K-8. Classes are approximately one hour each for 32 weeks. $9,840

Out of Site/The Tides Center

San Francisco County

Out of Site will continue to support free after school classes in architecture/public art for underserved San Francisco public high school students. Continuing the successful work that CAC has previously funded, this class will provide 30 youth (80% of which are low income/working class) with a point of entry into a discipline rarely integrated into public school curriculum and vastly under-represented by people of color. $9,840


Los Angeles County

P.S. ARTS' Teaching Artist will provide over 200 middle school students at the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) Harvard campus with free, comprehensive, standards-based theater education. Every instructional week from October to June, students receive theater education that is tailored to meet the school's educational priorities. $8,760

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

Santa Clara County

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation will support six artists in the 2013-14 program cycle to work with the Cultural Kaleidoscope Program.  K-5 classes from Palo Alto Unified and Ravenswood School District schools partner to work with resident artists for standards-based sequential learning in the visual arts and to complete collaborative art projects. $8,760

Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Los Angeles County

Pasadena Conservatory of Music will present its Young Musicians (YM) at Jefferson elementary school. Each week, all 590 students receive standards-based music instruction for 35 minutes from Early Childhood Music Education Specialists; 2nd-5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in 45-minute after-school ensemble classes. $11,041

Peralta Parent Teacher Group

Alameda County

Peralta Parent Teacher Group will have artists Trena Noval and Ellen Oppenheimer help Peralta students explore local and regional history, environment and cultures of California through the lens of contemporary and historical art and artists. In weekly workshops and long-term projects, students will participate in standards-based study of how art reflects and defines the times, places and expressions of our lives. $9,840

Performing Arts Workshop

San Francisco County

Performing Arts Workshop will conduct a total of 17 in-school dance/creative movement residencies (series of classes) at two Title I K-5 partner schools in San Francisco. At Stevenson Elementary, they will conduct six 30-week residencies in grades 3-5 and seven 14-week residencies in grades K-1. At Mission Education Center, they will conduct four 30-week residencies in grades K-5. $8,760

Playwrights Project

San Diego County

The Playwrights Project will provide the SEEDS program (Stimulating Educational Excellence through Drama Standards) at San Ysidro Middle School and Keiller Leadership Academy, infusing drama into the 7th grade History curriculum; and at the Preuss School UCSD and Hoover High Schools, developing one act plays with 9th-12th grade Drama students. $9,840

Plumas Arts County Arts Commission

Plumas County

The Plumas Arts County Arts Commission will allow Plumas Arts to continue to provide hands-on art workshops to four elementary school sites in their low-income, rural county. $7,680

Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement

Alameda County

Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement will provide hands-on arts instruction for over 240 students who reside in the West Oakland community. ArtPLACE is an on-site school-day arts program for K-5 students at PLACE@ Prescott (formerly Prescott Elementary School) in West Oakland, one of the city's most underserved and under-resourced elementary schools. $7,680

Prophet World Beat Productions

San Diego County

The Prophet World Beat Productions will provide participating students with an opportunity to experientially walk with an artist on a journey of cultural exploration and creative expression. Through music and dance in an After School Program setting, students will enjoy instruction in four culturally defined artistic disciplines: drums; percussions; Kora (African guitar) and other stringed instruments; and cultural dance. $5,120

Public Corporation for the Arts

Los Angeles County

The Public Corporation for the Arts will work with third-grade Long Beach students to learn about art, community history, architecture and design through a sequence of classes, field trips, and other learning activities that transform the community into a classroom. The culmination of the project is the creation and installation of permanent public art mosaics at each participating school. $9,840

Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, Inc.

Alameda County

Purple Silk Music Education Foundation will use these funds to support its longstanding school residency program in Chinese music at Lincoln Elementary School, in Oakland's Chinatown neighborhood. During the 2013-14 school year, they will provide 34 weeks of instruction in traditional Chinese instruments and song to 360 students (grades 3-5). $9,840

Redwood Heights Parents Fund Association

Alameda County

Redwood Heights Parents Fund will support the Studio Art Program to provide hands-on and developmentally  -appropriate activities.  The studio offers sequential multi-year learning, fosters creativity and growth, confidence and skills, reflection and flexible thinking. Projects emphasize process and provide multiple pathways to learning. $8,760

Sacramento Theatre Company

Sacramento County

The Sacramento Theatre Company will provide resident artists who will teach the skill of acting to middle school students at Albert Einstein Middle School in Sacramento via an after school program. The faculty has requested that we execute a production of our own musical version of A Christmas Carol in the fall with their seventh graders, and a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with their eighth graders in the spring. $8,760

San Benito County Arts Council

San Benito County

The San Benito County Arts Council will work with El Teatro Campesino, a nationally recognized Latino theater group and local artistic pillar, in a 13-week Artists in Schools residency that will breathe life into the California State History classrooms and transform the students' learning experiences and perceptions of history through art. $5,566

San Diego Guild of Puppetry, Inc.

San Diego County

The San Diego Guild of Puppetry will continue development of their sequential, VAPA based, puppetry arts curriculum that will eventually stretch from K-8th grades and continue to grow collaborative, community building, giant puppet parades at Freese and Monroe Clark Schools. $8,760

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego County

The San Diego Museum of Art will offer a 30-week After-School Artist in Residency program with students in grades 6 - 8 from Roosevelt Middle School, located within walking distance of the museum. The program will be presented in three sessions; drawing/painting, printmaking, sculpture. The residence will include discussion, art making and museum gallery tours. $3,066

San Diego Opera Association

San Diego County

The San Diego Opera will implement a 12-week Words & Music (WAM) Program with the goal of improving arts education and literacy skills of at-risk elementary, middle and high school students through the creation of a student-written and composed opera. $9,840

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

San Diego County

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will work with two schools in Chula Vista to provide free, on-site after-school instrumental music instruction to students at schools that do not offer music education. Students will learn a variety of classical and folk repertoire, perform in concerts at community events, and learn to teach beginning students. $8,577

San Francisco Arts Commission

San Francisco County

San Francisco Arts Commission through WritersCorps will support a residency at Mission High School to teach creative writing, build relationships with young people, and serve as positive role models. $8,760

San Francisco Arts Education Project

San Francisco County

The San Francisco Arts Education Project will provide support for three professional mid-career artists who excel in teaching visual arts to provide approximately 312 hours of participatory arts instruction during the 2013-14 academic year to approximately 360 children in grades 3-4 at three San Francisco public elementary schools. $8,760

San Francisco Girls Chorus

San Francisco County

The San Francisco Girls Chorus will offer its program, Creating Choral Music, at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco for a seventh year and at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley for a fourth year. Pupils will learn the basic skills to sing, work together, and perform as an ensemble. The program will culminate in performances for the student body, parents, and community. $5,530

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

San Francisco County

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will partner with Mission Preparatory School to bring two professional theatre artists into residency at the school to teach performing arts education to K-2 grade students from 10/3/13 -5/30/14. $7,680

Santa Barbara Dance Institute

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Dance Institute will work with students once a week after school for the full school year (32 weeks). Students learn critical life skills like teamwork, discipline and focus, and build self confidence while exercising their bodies and their minds. The program culminates in an annual Event-of-the-Year performance where up to 300 students from all programs gather together to perform on a professional stage. $7,680

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Museum of Art will work with Cleveland School in Santa Barbara as the school selected to participate in the program in the coming year. The residency will introduce students to the techniques artists use, the vocabulary and studio habits of mind employed by artists, the cultural context in which their works are produced, as well as igniting in them the excitement of making something of their own. $4,416

Santa Clarita Community College District

Los Angeles County

Santa Clarita Community College District will place Visiting Artist Lula Washington with students twice a week to discuss and highlight dance as a creative process and teach various dance elements so students can choreograph their own piece. The 12-week residency will culminate in a student performance in front of their parents and peers in the school auditorium. $7,680

ShadowLight Productions

San Francisco County

ShadowLight Productions' teaching artists, Leonidas Kassapides and Christine Marie, will continue their multi-week shadow theatre residencies at four schools in Berkeley, all of which will culminate in original shadow theatre projects created by the participating students and performed/exhibited for assemblies and the general public. $9,840

Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles will conduct its Will Power to Schools program in a partnership with The East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy. Artists will work with students in the theatre production class, grades 10-12, to study Shakespeare's The Tempest, rehearse and perform a 60-minute cut for the general public, family, and friends. $7,680

Southland Opera

Los Angeles County

Southland Opera will expand music composition workshop residencies for the low income students of Duarte Unified School District focusing on music composition, theatre, and performance. $11,041

Southwest Chamber Music Society

Los Angeles County

Southwest Chamber Music Society (Pasadena) will provide group lessons and chamber music coaching by Southwest musicians and mentor students who cannot afford private instruction. $9,840


Alameda County

Stagebridge will place eight teaching artists in 4th grade classes at four East Bay elementary schools for 24-week residencies of the Storybridge Speaking and Listening program. The artists will be assisted by trained senior storytellers from the Stagebridge company. Pairs of teachers will guide students through collecting, writing and sharing stories collected from elder relatives, and will teach students to create theatrical presentations from the resulting stories. $8,544


San Francisco County

StageWrite will provide its Building Literacy through Theatre program which teaches theatre in the classroom, engaging students in dynamic, interactive language arts activities to advance their school success. Residency funds will help underwrite fees for 12 week residencies at two elementary schools serving 610 students. $9,840

Streetside Stories

San Francisco County

Streetside Stories will provide standards-based arts enrichment activities that integrate with skill-building language arts content. Many students take more than one workshop, reinforcing skills and knowledge, and benefiting from curricula that meet multiple VAPA standards. $9,840

The HeArt Project

Los Angeles County

The HeArt Project will provide long-term sequential arts programming to high-school students at risk of dropping out, creating a pathway toward college and success in the workplace. Entry level 1 reaches all students with yearlong multi-disciplinary in-class arts workshops led by professional artists with three culminating public presentations at partnering cultural institutions. $8,760

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

Los Angeles County

The Unusual Suspects will provide its Youth Theater Residency Program in collaboration with Edison Middle School in South Los Angeles. The after-school residency will be comprised of two consecutive 10-week workshops. During the Playwriting Workshop, youth will learn writing and character-development skills and will work collaboratively to create their own original script. $8,760

Theatre Of Hearts

Los Angeles County

Theatre Of Hearts will implement its Standards-based Youth First Artist-In-Residence program at four sites as part of the Literacy Alive project. Each residency comprises 24 two-hour sessions devoted to creative writing and visual arts. $8,760

Theatreworkers Project (TWP)

Los Angeles County

TheatreWorkers Project will deliver an expanded integrated theatre program that will deepen students' understanding of academic themes using theatre activities planned in collaboration with academic teachers. Grades 9-12 Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Cinematic Arts students will participate in activities tailored to their academic curriculum including bringing the Holocaust, To Kill a Mockingbird and US History to life through theatre. $8,760

Vallejo Community Art Foundation

Solano County

Vallejo Charter School will involve students in instructional practices emphasizing student inquiry, critical thinking, and craftsmanship. Students engage in original research and create high-quality academic and artistic products to share with outside audiences. Interdisciplinary learning expeditions bring together teachers from different disciplines to enrich the work. $7,372

Venice Arts

Los Angeles County

Venice Arts will continue to partner with Olympic Continuation High School, a Title I school of last resort in Santa Monica, to provide two standards-based, 12-week intensive documentary workshops in photography and film. The students, who are considered to be at-risk, will explore community stories through photography, writing assignments, lab workshops (both traditional darkroom and digital) and journaling. $5,535

Ventura County Arts Council

Ventura County

Ventura County Arts Council will provide a Residency Program at Providence School, a school for minors incarcerated in the County Juvenile Facility. The project will be expanded to include Gateway School serving expelled, truant, and referred youth in grades 6-12. The expanded program brings in professional teaching artists to work directly with both student populations.  $7,680

Yolo County Arts Council dba YoloArts

Yolo County

YoloArts will continue the arts education partnership with two elementary schools, a K-8 school, and the county office of education to provide standards-based, in-class ceramics/visual arts instruction through artist residencies. Students will be exposed to a broad range of ceramic techniques and learn how color, composition and sketches are part of the artistic process. $7,680

Young Audiences of San Diego

San Diego County

Young Audiences of San Diego will involve the entire student body of 330 children at Ocean Beach Elementary to think, see, speak, and express themselves through art. This program of Young Audiences of San Diego is now in its fifth year. Each child (K-4th grade) participates in 21 classes of dance or visual arts lessons, with the goal that each student who completes his/her K-4 education will have received a comprehensive, standards-aligned education in four art forms. $9,840

Youth in Arts

Marin County

Youth in Arts will present Djenane St. Juste, professional artist from Haiti, who will introduce the students of Laurel Dell and Short Schools to the music and dance of her homeland. She will use the concept of Carnival to unite stories and nature-based folk dances from Haiti and the residency will culminate at the annual Fiesta del Sol, which brings together families from the two schools. $7,680

Z Space

San Francisco County

Z Space Studio will support theatre residencies at two public schools which integrate VAPA standards and theatre techniques that support reading skills and analysis of literature. The program culminates in a performance for the school and its community. $9,840

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