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MCF Strategic Plan:

Arts Education

Arts education proponents and advocates believe that understanding and appreciating the arts and cultural experiences are vital components of every young person's education and development. Without opportunities for progressive skill building in and through the arts across age and grade levels, Marin's students will not be fully prepared for healthy and productive participation in their adult lives and in their communities.

Accomplishing this requires informed leadership among multiple stakeholders, professional development for school administrators and teachers, technical assistance and program evaluation to develop curricula, and advocacy to create and sustain effective arts education for all Marin students. MCF also recognizes that a full education in the arts takes place not only within the classroom during the school day, but also in various out-of-school settings, through community arts activities and organizations.

Strategy 1: Conduct a demonstration project that meets state arts education standards

MCF believes the most effective way to advance the systemic changes necessary to reintroduce a comprehensive, standards-based arts education is through carefully developed demonstration projects. Educators taking part in these efforts are developing comprehensive arts education plans, assessing student achievement, and evaluating the lessons learned.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 1 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Larkspur School District To support participation in the Arts Education Demonstration Project for the first year of implementation. $408,000.00
Larkspur School District To support planning and pre-development activities as part of the Demonstration Project Strategy of the Arts Education Goal. $68,000.00
Larkspur-Corte Madera School District To support the Arts Demonstration project in the Larkspur School District. $306,000.00
Larkspur School District To support the arts demonstration project. $306,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance and consulting services in support of the Arts Education Demonstration Project. $156,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance and support the arts summer institute. $196,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance for implementation of the Audience Development strategy. $23,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance to arts education grantees. $146,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consultant work for the arts. $28,250.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consultant work for the arts. $56,700.00
Marin Community Foundation To support technical assistance for select school districts and nonprofit providers to craft arts education plans. $32,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the 2009 Arts Education Demonstration Project Art Teachers Training Institute. $47,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the Arts Demonstration Project Arts Institute. $29,175.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the development and refinement of the Engagement in the Arts and Arts Education Community Goal areas. $8,500.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support development and implementation of the Arts Education Demonstration Project in the Sausalito Marin City School District. $303,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support interim design and development of an Arts Education Plan as part of participation in the Marin Community Foundation's Arts Education Demonstration Project $51,000.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support the Arts Demonstration project in the Sausalito Marin City School District. $188,700.00
Sausalito Marin City School District To support the arts demonstration project. $248,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. $30,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support planning, professional development, and interim instruction as part of Marin Community Foundation's Arts Education Demonstration Project. $37,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 1: $2,668,325.00
 

Strategy 2: Support innovative arts programs for underserved Marin students

Public schools across Marin face enormous challenges in providing arts education for their students. In addition, many students do not have access to out-of-school arts education and enrichment opportunities. Support is being given to in-school programs as well as out-of-school arts enrichment programs that reach underserved students.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 2 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Ali Akbar College of Music To support performances, lectures, and classroom music education in Marin public schools. $15,000.00
Ali Akbar College of Music To support performances, lectures, and classroom music education in Marin public schools. $15,000.00
Baulines Crafts Guild To provide experiences in fine craft to educators and youth in Marin. $10,000.00
Baulines Crafts Guild To support Craft, Creativity, and Youth. $20,000.00
California Poets in the Schools To support in-school literary arts education programs. $15,000.00
California Poets in the Schools To support Marin Poets in the Schools. $20,000.00
California Poets in the Schools To support poet residencies and literary arts instruction in Marin public schools. $25,000.00
California Poets in the Schools To support poet residencies and literary arts instruction in multiple Marin public schools. $25,000.00
Dominican University of California To support the "Cultivate, Create, Connect" art education project. $12,000.00
Enriching Lives Through Music To support strategic planning. $20,000.00
Falkirk Cultural Center To support a visual arts education program for elementary schools in Marin. $25,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support arts programming. $40,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consultant work for the arts. $30,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support refinement of the Arts Education Community Grants goal area. $25,000.00
Marin Museum of the American Indian To support Coast Miwok Outreach. $10,000.00
Marin Museum of the American Indian To support cultural education concerning native peoples for Marin school children, and develop interdisciplinary curricula involving the arts and natural resources. $10,000.00
Marin Shakespeare Company To support "Play Power" in-schools drama programs in K-8 public schools. $30,000.00
MarinMOCA To support the MarinMOCA Summer Arts Program. $15,000.00
New Century Chamber Orchestra To support music education programming in Marin public elementary schools. $15,000.00
Performing Arts Workshop To support artist residencies in underserved Marin public schools and communty locations. $7,500.00
Performing Arts Workshop To support the Artists-in-Schools Program. $10,000.00
Performing Stars of Marin To provide arts opportunities and community-based arts activities for low-income youth. $30,000.00
Performing Stars of Marin To provide arts opportunities and community-based arts activities for low-income youth. $30,000.00
Performing Stars of Marin To provide arts opportunities for low-income youth and community-based arts activities. $50,000.00
Performing Stars of Marin To support arts education outreach activities and programs for low-income and underserved youth in Marin County. $30,000.00
SingersMarin To support the choral program for diverse elementary school students. $10,000.00
Small Press Distribution, Inc. To support literary arts education and experiences for young adults in community settings. $10,000.00
Young Imaginations mulitcultural music and dance in Marin public schools $40,000.00
Young Imaginations To support multiculutural music and dance education in Marin public schools. $40,000.00
Young Imaginations To support Project 20 to provide music and dance education in underserved Marin public schools. $25,000.00
Young Imaginations To support Project 20, provides weekly arts education classes at twenty K-8 public schools. $35,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support Artists in Schools. $30,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support arts education programming for youth with learning challenges in Marin public schools. $15,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support dance education in Marin public schools. $15,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support residencies by teaching artists in Marin public schools and provide other arts education related programs and activities. $50,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support teaching artists in Marin public schools and provide other arts education related programs and activities. $50,000.00
The Z Space Studio/Word for Word Performing Arts Company To provide theatre arts education programs in underserved elementary schools in Marin County. $15,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 2: $869,500.00
Total Arts Education Grants: $3,537,825.00