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Belmont, CA 94002
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Previous Grants Awarded

12 Organizations Receive Peninsula Arts Council Grants

 

 

Twelve San Mateo County arts organizations have been awarded grants in the ARTshare 2005 Regranting Program. Funds for the grants have been made available to ARTshare by the San Francisco Foundation.

 

The two largest grants, $2,000.00 each, were awarded to:

 

              Art in Action - in support of its arts education programs in county schools and  

 

            ●  Zohar Dance Company - for its IndepenDANCE and Juvie Jazz outreach programs.

 

Art in Action, based in Menlo Park, provides arts programs to 18,000 students in 50 schools during the regular school year and to 5,000 children in summer art camps. With a professional approach, Art in Action fills in a vacuum where the arts have been disappearing from the curriculum. To engage the community at large as well as the children, student work is displayed at public library art shows. One such exhibit will be on view at the Willow Oaks and 49er Academy at the East Palo Alto Public Library from March 3 to March 31.

 

Zohar Dance Company seeks to make dance accessible, inclusive, vibrant, relevant and integral to its community. IndepenDANCE is an outreach program for at-risk and special education children and Juvie Jazz serves incarcerated youth. They have garnered national and international recognition as model arts education programs.

 

Three grants of $1,000 each were awarded to:

 

              The Atherton Arts Committee - for its mural project at Selby Lane School,

                 which serves a population of which 70 percent are English language learners

 

              City Arts of San Mateo - for its High School Visual Arts and Literary Arts

                 Recognition Program

 

              The Djerassi Resident Artists Program - to support artist residencies.

 

 Seven grants of $500.00 each were awarded:

 

              The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula - to support the Modern Painting

                 Project for at-risk youth

 

              East Palo Alto Commitment to Performing Arts - to help launch the new

                 organization

 

              Kainos Home and Training Center - in support a hands-on arts program, led

                 by a professional artist, for individuals with developmental disabilities

 

              Peninsula Cantare - for operational expenses

 

              The Peninsula Museum of Art - for a copier and printing supplies for its

                 library and docents

 

              The San Mateo Dance Association - to support choreography for its annual

                 dance performances

 

              The West Coast Songwriters Association - to support website development.

 

The distinguished grant selection panel included Gerald Brett, a writer, art collector, and Founder/Director of Language Pacifica, and currently Vice Chair of the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Peter Foley, an internationally recognized artist and writer working in Palo Alto; San Francisco multi-media artist and arts educator Deanne Morizono Meyers, currently an Artist/Facilitator for Community Works California; William Moreno, Executive Director of The Mexican Museum in San Francisco and formerly on the boards of San Franciscoís Galeria de la Raza, Business Volunteers for the Arts and the Oakland Youth Chorus; and Oakland dancer/choreographer Regina Thompson, a human resources professional.

 

The panel was impressed with the breadth and quality of arts programs on the Peninsula, the varied forms of outreach, the sensitivity to bringing together diverse communities, and the creative energy in new and developing organizations.

 

 

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