*Calaveras Elementary School students stand in front of their new school mural, led by teaching artist Venecia Prudencio as part of the 2021 Summer Mural Program.
5-4-3-2-1…And we’re off!
We are proud to announce the launch of our 2021-2022 Arts in Education Program during the week of October 4th, bringing weekly classes in the visual and performing arts to over 2,800 students throughout San Benito County.
Now in its 11th year, our Arts in Education Program is built on the belief that every child deserves equitable access to the arts, and places professional teaching artists in local classrooms to teach students drawing, painting, ceramics, multi-media, ukulele, singing and more.
This year’s program kicks off with 111 art classes per week at 12 local elementary schools, serving over 2,800 students in grades TK-7th grade. Our Arts Council’s Director of Arts Education, Amanda Chiado, states, “When I calculated the number of classes per week, and saw the number 111, I was moved and motivated. It takes tremendous dedication, time, energy, advocacy, belief, collaboration, communication and talent to make this good work happen! I feel honored and grateful to be a part of our incredible shared success, and am steadfast in continuing to work toward arts equity for all students in San Benito County.”
Twelve Arts Council teaching artists, all of whom taught in our Arts Council’s Summer School Mural Program with the Hollister School District, spent the end of summer analyzing last year’s survey data, attending trainings, exploring and creating new curriculum, developing strategic plans for addressing social-emotional learning, organizing art supplies, and connecting with art teachers across the region. These teaching artists will be deployed at 8 sites within the Hollister School District, teaching visual art to grades 3-7, starting the first week of October. Teaching Artist, Clay Peer, who taught virtually during the 2020-2021 school year and is slated to teach at the Hollister Dual Language Academy and Rancho Santana for 2021-2022 stated, “I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the students in person again, and I am also excited to see what our new teaching artists bring to the program.”
We are also excited to partner with the California Academy of Novel and Traditional Arts (CANTA), based in downtown Hollister, who will be the lead teaching artists in the 3rd Grade Ukulele Program and 2nd Grade Voice Program, with the Aromas-San Juan School District, as well as Terra Cultura who will be the lead teaching artists in the 3rd-5th Grade Visual Art Program at Aromas and San Juan schools. All students in this program will receive a free ukulele, which arrived in a variety of colors. “The students’ excitement when they receive their own musical instrument or a bag of new and colorful art supplies is palpable. It’s like Christmas!” says Arts Council Executive Director, Jennifer Laine. “We could not be prouder of all the dedicated people and partners that make this program possible. It’s like preparing for an art invasion – we have our artists, our partners, our students, our art supplies and plans- let’s go!”
The San Benito County Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program is made possible through partnerships with the San Benito County Office of Education, Hollister, Aromas-San Juan and Tres Pinos school districts, as well as with funding support from the Community Foundation for San Benito County, United Way, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and California Arts Council.
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