California Arts Council

State of California

Artists in Schools Grant Program Panel to Meet May 16-19
118 applications to be considered

Published: 05-12-2011

The peer review panel of the Artists in Schools program will take place on May 16-19, 2011 and may be observed by members of the public at the California Arts Council offices, 1300 "I" Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814. 

The Artists in Schools program integrates community arts resources--professional artists and arts organizations--into a comprehensive, standards-based program, underscoring the critical role the arts play in shaping a student's overall well-being and academic achievement.

The schedule is:
    May 16 - 10:00 - 6:00
    May 17 - 8:30 - 6:00
    May 18 - 8:30 - 6:15 
    May 19 - 8:30 - 3:30

Panelists include:

Staci Santa (Multi-Disciplinary - Merced) joined the Merced County Arts Council in July 2006, when she moved to Merced from Tucson, Arizona. A year later, she became the executive director, managing a 16-person staff and a 28,000 square foot facility. Her previous five years in Tucson, she was house manager for UA Presents, the University of Arizona's premier performing arts presenter, where she was responsible for education programs. Santa earned her master's degree in nonprofit organizations from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio while she was also associate director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

Sheila Scott-Wilkinson (Multi-Disciplinary - Los Angeles) is the Founder and Actor/Artistic Director of Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First (TOHYF), where she oversees day-to-day operations. This successful arts education organization provides 45-50 school and community-based sites with multidisciplinary fine arts quality educational workshops and teacher development seminars. Prior to her work with Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, Ms. Scott-Wilkinson studied and worked in Europe, where she became an acclaimed actress of the stage and screen.

Daryl Ngee Chinn (Literature - Humboldt) has taught as a poet teacher and artist in the schools since 1987. He is President of California Poets in the Schools, which started in 1964. He produces artist books and his poems are in Soft Parts of the Back and other handmade chapbooks. Daryl is a returning panelist for the Artists in Schools Program.

Dave Shaw (Music - Los Angeles) has been a professional fund raising consultant for over 30 years. He has worked with Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society for over 15 years. Mr. Shaw's work has included preparing successful proposals under the California Artists in Schools Program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Organizational Grant (OGP program) and the National Foundation for the Arts. He has also worked for East L.A. Classic Theatre, Los Angeles Performance Academy, Latino Theatre Company, and Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in the capacity of grant writer and program development specialist

Sachiko Willis (Theatre - San Francisco) is the Managing Director of ShadowLight Productions where she has worked since 2007. A native of Japan, she has acquired a wide range of production and administrative experiences in the Performing Arts in the US.  Most recently she was the General Manager of Ping Chong & Company in New York City (1999-2006). She has also worked with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Acting Company (NYC), The Public Theatre (NYC) and with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC).    

Ellen Oppenheimer (Visual Arts - Oakland) has been working as a studio artist with textiles and quilts for over 30 years. She is also a community artist and artist-in-residence at Peralta Elementary School.  Additionally, she has developed and runs nutrition and cooking programs at Peralta. For many years, Ms. Oppenheimer was funded as an individual artist in the Artists-in-Residence Program. This will be her first time as a panelist for the program.

For more information, contact Wayne Cook, Arts Programs Specialist at or at 916/322-6344. 

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