The arts councils of the Mother Lode all add to our lives in so many ways as the people who work for them add their creativity to the mix, developing programs and events people thoroughly enjoy. But they also must come up with ways that the arts can be supported in the area so everyone continues to enjoy what the arts do for us.
With funding secured by the California Arts Council, the San Rafael-based nonprofit is planning to expand its prison arts program in the upcoming year to Folsom State Prison, the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy and the California Health Care Facility in Stockton.
As we approached the thirty-fourth anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the Folk and Traditional Arts staff at the National Endowment for the Arts began to review and ponder the ways that we could deepen our recognition of these extraordinary artists. A question that kept coming up was-what kind of physical award might we produce that would truly celebrate our fellows with artwork and design worthy of their accomplishments? We took note that our fellows are often recognized not only for the exemplary artistic skills and passion that they bring to their work but also for their commitment to passing along their skills and knowledge to future generations.
When 64 students at Oak Grove Elementary tried-out for the 30 positions available in the Drama Club, mentor teacher Hector Marquez knew something had to be done to incorporate more arts programs at Burton School District.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the center of attention in most US public schools today. But training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. This info-graphic shows the benefits of both.