This award will support our Shadow Theatre Arts Education programs at four partner schools in and around the San Francisco Unified School District during the 2014/2015 school year. ShadowLight's teaching artists will continue their multi-week shadow theatre residencies at four partner schools, all of which will culminate in original shadow theatre projects created and performed by participating students. The residencies are part of the partnering schools' arts integration efforts and tailor-designed in collaboration with school faculty.
Artists in Schools is the California Arts Council's largest core grant program, supporting professional teaching artists in classroom and after-school settings. The 2014-15 Artists in Schools program will provide funding for 119 arts organizations to help bring instruction in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and other art forms to children statewide during the school year.
“Arts education leads to higher graduation rates, increased creativity, and greater aspirations,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “Through our Artist in Schools program, the California Arts Council strives to improve K-12 education for thousands of our state's young people – many of whom might not have access to arts education without the high-quality teaching artist residencies made possible by these grants.”
ShadowLight is among the organizations that will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists for in-school and after-school programs. These arts education experiences will provide a creative space and learning environment where K-12 students will be able to foster their own creativity and work together as innovative thinkers. The total amount awarded through the 2014-15 Artists in Schools program is $1,055,688.
Funding for this program comes in part from the sale of the Arts Plate, the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. The Arts Plate generates approximately $3 million per year for arts programs benefiting children and communities throughout California. More information is available at http://www.artsplate.org/.