California Arts Council

State of California

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December 23, 2008Mary Beth Barber

Artists in Schools Grant Program open -- online application, Cultural Data Project profile

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 2009-10 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 -- including a California Cultural Data Project (California CDP) profile -- are due on March 6, 2009.

"The California Arts Council is proud to support professional artists in the classroom through the Artists in Schools program," said Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council. "The intent of the program is to provide California children access to professional artists and support schools' implementation of the visual and performing arts curriculum content standards in music, theater, dance and the visual arts."

The Artists in Schools program provides funding for the integration of community arts resources--artists and professional arts 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.

New This Year! The application for the 2009-10 Artists in Schools program is completely on line, and applicants are required to fill out a profile through the California Cultural Data Project and submit supplementary material along with the application. The California CDP is an online, statewide data collection effort for arts and culture designed to provide an easier application process for potential grantees through the development of a standardized form for organizational data that will accompany grant requests to the partnering funders.

Applicants will only need to complete the California CDP form once each year. Once the California CDP profile is complete, an arts organization can easily run a financial and/or data report as requested by each funder, instead of compiling individual reports for each grant application. Organization administrators can find the information for the California CDP at, as well as the number and hours of the help desk.

Deadline for applications for the Artists in Schools program is March 6, 2009, and applications can be found at Interested applicants may contact Wayne Cook, "Artists in Schools" Arts Specialist, at 916-322-6344 or; or John Seto, "Artists in Schools" Arts Specialist, at 916-322-6395 or Members of the press should contact Mary Beth Barber, Communications Director, 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, Eunice David, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton, Susan Steinhauser and William Turner.

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