12 Organizations Receive ARTshare Grants
CA—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
in support of its arts education programs in county schools and to
Zohar Dance Company
for its IndepenDANCE and Juvie Jazz outreach programs.
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.
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.
of $1,000 were awarded:
was awarded $1,000.00 for its mural project at Selby Lane School,
which serves a population of which 70 percent are English language
City Arts of
has received a $1,000.00 grant for its High School Visual Arts and
Literary Arts Recognition Program.
Resident Artists Program,
based in Woodside, was awarded $1,000.00 to support artist
of $500.00 each were awarded:
Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
was awarded $500.00 to support the Modern Painting Project for at-risk
Alto Commitment to Performing Arts
was awarded $500.00 to help launch the new organization.
and Training Center
was awarded $500.00 in support a hands-on arts program, led by a
professional artist, for individuals with developmental disabilities.
was awarded $500.00 for operational expenses.
Peninsula Museum of Art
was awarded $500.00 for a copier and printing supplies for its library
Mateo Dance Association
was awarded $500.00 to support choreography for its annual dance
Coast Songwriters Association
was awarded $500.00 to support website development.
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
Francisco’s 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
ARTshare is a
non-profit organization serving San Mateo County with an expansive
website at www.artshare.org, the Diamond Awards recognizing valuable
contributions to the arts in San Mateo County, exhibits showcasing
county artists at ARTshare 25 and the County Government Center
Gallery, and other activities advocating on behalf of the arts and
linking artists, arts organizations, and the communities in which they