Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation awarded $18,000 grant
Funds support no-cost art & drama program after school & allow for new experiences with working-artist mentors for local youth
–The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $18,000 to Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation as part of its Artists in Schools – Extension program. As an offshoot of the council’s signature arts education grant program, one of the agency’s longest running, the new Artists in Schools – Extension program offering supports arts education programs for K-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of this program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts that align to National Core Arts, California Visual and Performing Arts, Common Core, and/or Expanded Learning Standards of education.
Funding from the California Arts Council directly supports Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s Art and Drama program after school, for students ages 5-18, at all levels in 2017/18. An innovative Art and Drama Intensive Program will also be offered for the first time, to students 12-18 years old. These special courses are 2 quarters long and designed to allow advanced students to delve deeper into their artistic journeys. Drama and art intensives will hold auditions & interviews on Monday, July 31 from 1-3 p.m. Drama students should bring a working resume, a headshot and prepare a 30 second to 1-minute monologue. Art students interviewing should provide 3-5 work samples in different mediums. Questions about drama intensive auditions can be emailed to drama teacher Claire Fundaro at: email@example.com. Art Intensive interview questions can be sent to art teacher, Emily French at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation is proud to receive this first ever California Arts Council grant for our Visual & Performing Arts Program. We are excited to offer something new for our students with the new intensive series, which serves our mission and remains at no-cost to local families. For our art and drama teens from across the county, this will be a life-changing experience. Students will work closely with PRYAF’s teaching artists on every aspect of their projects!” said Emily Jagger, Director of Development at PRYAF.
Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation is one of 136 grantees chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 168 organizations statewide. The news of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
“We know the benefits of arts education—to improve test performance, reduce dropout rates and increase participation in higher learning,” said Donn K. Harris, California Arts Council Chair. “ Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation’s Art and Drama Program, through Artists in Schools – Extension, allows students real-life arts immersion beyond the standard school day. Opportunities like this help support the growth and success of California’s students by fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration through the arts.”
To view a complete listing of all Artists in Schools – Extension grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/CAC_AIS_Extension_Grantees_2016-17_FINAL.pdf.
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