Funding supports arts organizations in rural and under-served communities
SACRAMENTO – The California Arts Council announces that the Calaveras County Arts Council will receive a 2011-12 Creating Public Value grant of $8,500. The Calaveras County Arts Council, located in San Andreas, was one of 77 organizations that submitted the strongest proposals to enrich their local communities through music, theater, visual arts, dance and other arts.
The Calaveras County Arts Council will expand the "Ovations Performing Arts Series" so that artists booked for public performances can visit 10 local schools. These educational presentations will reach an estimated 3,000 K-12 students who would not otherwise have access to quality performing arts because of the isolated nature of the area and school cuts.
“The Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program aims to assist arts organizations located in rural and underserved communities in our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Geographic and economic constraints can hamper arts programming in rural areas and in urban communities where there is limited access to the arts. These organizations improve the quality of life and economic progress in these neighborhoods by providing arts programming for all ages.”
The Creating Public Value Program's intent is to promote partnerships, lifelong learning, and the social and economic impact of the arts. Grantees demonstrated how they will support new and expanded programs to benefit the communities they serve through any of the following goals: supporting safe and creative opportunities for youth; fostering attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities; providing greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities; and/or encouraging economic and community development.
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 www.artsplate.org.)
For more information about the Calaveras County Arts Council, please visit www.calaverasarts.org. For more information about the Creating Public Value program, contact the California Arts Council's Information Officer Mary Beth Barber at (916) 322-6588or email@example.com. Additional information may be found on the California Arts Council’s website at www.arts.ca.gov.