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The Armory Receives California Arts Council “Artists in Schools” Grant

Armory Center for the Arts is among 119 arts education organizations funded statewide

The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $10,080 to the Armory as part of its Artists in Schools program. This award will support arts education programs in Milagro Chater School

Artists in Schools is the California Arts Council's largest core grant program, supporting professional teaching artists in classroom and after-school settings. The 2014-15 Artists in Schools program will provide funding for 119 arts organizations to help bring instruction in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and other art forms to children statewide during the school year.

The Armory, in partnership with Milagro Charter School provides 12 weeks of visual arts instruction to grades K-5 through Artist Residencies. Art curriculum integrates social studies and language arts. Located in NE Los Angeles, Milagro’s student population is economically disadvantaged with 90% of students qualifying for federally subsidized meals. The year culminates with the highly attended Milagro Art Night featuring student artwork.

"The Milagro Charter School artist residency furthers the Armory’s efforts to deepen public participation in the arts and broader support for the arts in education through strong community partnerships and exemplary programs," said Scott Ward, Executive Director of the Armory. "The program builds upon over two decades of Armory partnerships with public schools (8 years with Milagro) to provide essential visual arts education for students, the vast majority of whom are economically disadvantaged."

“Arts education leads to higher graduation rates, increased creativity, and greater aspirations,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Through our Artist in Schools program, the California Arts Council strives to improve K-12 education for thousands of our state's young people – many of whom might not have access to arts education without the high-quality teaching artist residencies made possible by these grants.”

The Armory is among the organizations that will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists for in-school and after-school programs. These arts education experiences will provide a creative space and learning environment where K-12 students will be able to foster their own creativity and work together as innovative thinkers. The total amount awarded through the 2014-15 Artists in Schools program is $1,055,688.

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. The Arts Plate generates approximately $3 million per year for arts programs benefiting children and communities throughout California. More information is available at http://www.artsplate.org/.

Arts organizations or school administrators interested in information about the Artists in Schools program, including details and application deadlines, may contact California Arts Council Program Officers Wayne Cook at 916-322-6344 and [email protected] or Shelly Gilbride at 916-324-0075 and [email protected].

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