A young Latina girl painting a figurine yellow. Text reads: Arts Education Grant Program

The Issue

We believe that everyone deserves a full, vibrant creative life and that access to a high-quality arts education for young people builds the foundation necessary to foster such a life. Unfortunately, access to arts education is not always equitable. Our Arts Education Grants Program seeks to change this.

Overview

Community Foundation Sonoma County is committed to addressing issues of disparity in order to build an equitable community. Our Arts Education Grant Program is dedicated to supporting non-profits that provide a high-quality arts education for underserved students.

Arts education curricula should be delivered by Sonoma County visual, performing, or literary arts organizations working in collaboration with classroom teachers to deliver instruction directly to elementary and/or secondary school students. Applications with arts education experiences limited to a single visit, performance, or assembly will not be accepted.

To qualify, the program must align with the following criteria:

  • High-quality curriculum delivered by Sonoma County visual, performing, or literary arts organizations
  • Direct experience creating a work of art within the visual or performing arts
  • Opportunity to share the art that they have created through informal presentations or performances
  • Multiple opportunities for learning (no single visits)

Timeline

The Arts Education Grant Program takes place in the spring with grant awards announced in early summer.

2021 Arts Education Grants

OrganizationGrant Purpose
Art Escapefor general operating support
Art Escapefor advising and support for the Sonoma Valley Fund Cohort
Artstart (START SoCo)for general operating support
California Indian Museum & Cultural Centerto support arts education programs for youth
California Poets in the Schoolsto support arts education programs for youth in Sonoma County
Children's Museum of Sonoma Countyfor general operating support
Cinnabar Arts Corporationto support arts education programs for youth
Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Incto support arts education programs for youth
Healdsburg Museum & Historical Societyto support arts education programs for From Diggers Bend to River Rock: History and People of Dry Creek Rancheria in collaboration with the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
Knights of Indulgence Theatre United Statesto support arts education programs for youth
Luther Burbank Memorial Foundationto support arts education programs for youth
Museum of Sonoma Countyto support arts education programs for youth
Santa Rosa Players dba Sixth Street Playhouseto support arts education programs for youth
Santa Rosa Symphonyto support arts education programs for youth
Sonoma State Universityto support Green Music Center arts education programs for youth; to support Green Music Center’s arts education programs for youth
Sonoma Valley Museum of Artto support arts education programs for youth
ViVO Youth Orchestrasfor general operating support
Young Actors Studio and Left Edge Theatrefor general operating support
This grant program is by invitation only. For more information, please contact:
Ariana Diaz De Leon

Ariana Díaz de León

Senior Community Impact Officer
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