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State funds support community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects
INYO COUNTY, CA – Earlier this month, the California Arts Council announced a grant award to Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) as part of its Youth Arts Action program, allowing ICA to continue funding its after school arts programming throughout Inyo County.
Youth Arts Action supports projects for youth that operate outside of school time in artistic venues, community settings, and on school sites. This program encourages relevant, dynamic, and innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects.
Building on the success of the After School Classes program ICA implemented in 2018, teaching artists from across Inyo County will continue to provide free, comprehensive, culturally and linguistically responsive fine arts units for Inyo County students. We are excited to again partner with the Inyo County Probation Department for this grant program. These countywide after school programs will teach fine art skills and mentor student artists to develop their own personal style and sense of artistic expression. Learn more about this up and coming program at inyo.org/youthartsaction.
Inyo Council for the Arts is one of 244 grantees chosen for the Youth Arts Action program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.
“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of these organizations and their passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”
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Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts. Inyo Council for the Arts works to provide an environment in which the arts thrive by bringing quality programs and events to our community.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.