This year, the California Arts Council awarded $15 million dollars in grants to a record number of nonprofit arts organizations state-wide, supporting quality programs benefiting California's students, veterans, arts educators, at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, under-served populations, and communities at large.
We are honored to announce that five of those record number of grants—totaling $78,700—were awarded to the Armory in support our exhibition field trips for children, professional development training for public school teachers, and a host of free Armory art education programs at community centers, partner organizations, and juvenile detention centers throughout LA County. Support highlights include:
- a multidisciplinary residency with Slanguage, the artist team of Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz, at the Armory’s La Casita, a vibrant art and social service center in the low income neighborhood of Northwest Pasadena.
- intensive, sustained, and strategic arts integration training for public school teachers. Our Artful Connections with Math professional development model gives public school teachers in-class program modeling and coaching.
- field trips to the Armory’s contemporary art exhibitions, followed by a hands-on art making experience, serving all 5th grade students in the Pasadena Unified School District.
- arts opportunities for incarcerated teens at Challenger Memorial Youth Center and Nidorf Juvenile Hall. The program builds upon Armory partnerships with LA County Probation and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network to eliminate recidivism, build resiliency, and cultivate pro-social behavior. Armory Teaching Artists will provide high quality arts instruction, mentoring, and collaborative art projects.
- 12 after school artist residencies in East Pasadena and Boyle Heights, in partnership with Learning Works Charter School and Homeboy Industries. These residencies build upon the transformative power of arts education to re-engage in-crisis teens with their education, their peers, their families, and their community. Armory artist-in-residents will work closely with teens who are dropouts, expelled, on probation, pregnant, or are already teen moms.
Image: Slanguage Studio, first day in-residence at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica (2015). Courtesy of the artists.