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Marin Shakespeare Company receives artists-in-schools grant

by Marinscope Community Newspapers

The California Arts Council selected the Marin Shakespeare Company to receive an Artists in Schools grant for the 2011-12 school and fiscal year. The state program is designed to help bring music, theater, dance, visual arts and related arts to children statewide during the 2011-12 school year.

The Marin Shakespeare Company will provide in-school sequential, standards-based performing arts instruction for K-5 students at Lynwood Elementary School in Novato and San Pedro Elementary School in San Rafael. The organization received $8,400 in funding.

“The arts are crucial to a student’s educational development and especially enhance the essential life and career skills of creativity and imagination,” said Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council. “Our agency supports standards-based arts education through the Artists in Schools program so professional teaching artists can enhance the imagination and creativity of our state’s school-age children.”

Music, theater, dance and the visual arts are at the core of these standards-based teaching artists residencies that will engage students from different socio-economic backgrounds in positive artistic expression. Examples of residencies vary from robust music programs to public-art projects that involve students and members of the community to theater training and public performances.

The organizations receiving funding are in two categories: teaching-artists residency activity and planning grants. There are 129 organizations that will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists to in-school and after-school settings, and six organizations will receive California Arts Council planning grants designed to assist the arts organization and school partner to plan a course of action and strategies to incorporate arts into the classroom and community. The total amount allocated for the 2011-12 Artists in Schools program is just under $2 million.

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