State grant providing arts education in New Cuyama

State grant providing arts education in New Cuyama

Staff report

The California Arts Council has awarded $4,500 to Explore Ecology as part of its Artists in Schools Extension program.

With support from this grant, Explore Ecology’s Art From Scrap program will provide arts and environmental education to youth from 6 to 12 years old in New Cuyama.

Those students in the far northeast corner of Santa Barbara County will learn a multimedia approach to artwork with the use of recycled materials. Free art workshops, open to the entire community, will include screen printing, collage, assemblage, and fabric dyeing with native plants.

An offshoot of the state council’s signature arts education grant program, the new Artists in Schools Extension program supports arts education for Pre-K to 12th grade students 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, theatre, and visual arts that align with state and national educational standards.

Explore Ecology is one of 136 grant recipients chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 168 organizations statewide.

“We know the benefits of arts education — to improve test performance, reduce dropout rates and increase participation in higher learning,” said Chairman Donn K. Harris of the California Arts Council.

“Opportunities like this help support the growth and success of California’s students by fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration through the arts,” he added.

To view a complete listing of the grant recipients, visit