Arts For The Schools is 501 (c)3 non-profit that fundamentally believes that access and exposure to the arts is essential for all. Arts For The Schools mission is to inspire, teach and build our rural communities through equitable access to the arts and arts education. Arts For The Schools serves as the primary provider of arts education for schools in our service area and builds awareness about the importance of the arts, through advocacy, rich programming and community partnerships.
Founded in 1984, Arts For The Schools sought to address the decline in arts programming in schools - one of the unintended consequences of the 1978 ratification of California's Proposition 13, which drastically reduced educational funding statewide. As a result, schools in the region now rely on Arts For The Schools to provide arts education programming for over 10,000 regional students each year.
For 36 years Arts For The Schools has filled the gaps in visual and performing arts education for 10,000 children annually at K-12 schools and promotes cultural learning and access to artistic excellence for the public.
Arts For The Schools operates five programs, three for schools and two for the public.
The Visual Arts program teaches visual arts courses for K-12 grades, as well as integrates math, science and reading.
The Performing Arts program provides performances and classes with critically-acclaimed, cultural performing artists for students and schools to promote cultural learning.
The Community School program provides in-depth training in music, visual arts and career-training for juvenile justice system youth and at-risk youth.
onSTAGE Live presents acclaimed performing artists in music, dance, theater and other progressive art forms to provide equitable access to artistic excellence, community building and cultural learning.
arTRAIN provides free arts integration trainings for classroom teachers and public schools, taught by the highest-quality trainers.
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