California Arts Council

State of California

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October 30, 2007Mary Beth Barber

Artists in Schools -- Application Process Open from the California Arts Council

Program Designed to Integrate Community Arts Resources into Schools and Augment Visual and Performing Arts Education

Sacramento -

The California Arts Council announces that the application is now available for the 2008-09 Artists in Schools program. Artists in Schools is designed to support artists in residency activities that take place in schools, both in the classroom and in after-school settings. Final application and supplementary materials are due on January 30, 2008.

"Artists in Schools has been extremely successful in bringing professional artists into the classroom and supporting day-to-day visual and performing arts education in our schools," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "The program emphasizes the importance of teachers and artists working together to provide quality music, theater, dance and visual arts education to California students."

This is the third round of funding available for the Artists in Schools program, and the intent is to integrate community arts resources -- artists and professional art organizations -- into a comprehensive, standards-based program that underscores the critical role that the arts play in shaping a student's overall well-being and academic achievement. "The California Arts Council's members want to see music, dance, theater and visual arts in every classroom, for every child in California," said Johnson.

Applications are available at California arts organizations of all disciplines may apply. All residencies require matching funds from the arts organization, or jointly by the arts organization and the school. The hard-copy materials and the online component of the application must be received by the California Arts Council no later than January 30, 2008, for funding during the 2008-09 school year.

The California Arts Council is committed to arts in education and sequential arts instruction in California schools. The Council's strategic plan outlines a program direction that ensures at least 50 percent of agency program funds are allocated in support of arts in education. The Artists in School program augments efforts by the Department of Education to provide sequential visual and performing arts education in music, dance, theater and visual arts. Artists in Schools is specifically designed to bring professional artists into the school setting to work with students and provide new techniques to arts education as well as to other core subject matter.

Interested applicants should review the application first, and then direct additional questions to Arts Specialist Wayne Cook at 916-322-6344 or The Artists in Schools program is supported by proceeds from the sale of the Arts License Plate, a specialty plate designed by noted California artist Wayne Thiebaud to support arts education and local arts programming. Members of the press interested in information on Artists in Schools, the California Arts Council's Strategic Plan, or the California Arts License Plate, contact Mary Beth Barber at (916) 322-6588 or


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, Annette Bening, Eunice David, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Carlos Martinez, Michael Rubel, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton and William Turner.

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