The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund Awards $66,000 to Eight School Districts

Press Relese From Pat Wayne,Arts Orange County Deputy Director Dated April 6, 2012

The Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund-a collaboration between the Orange County Community Foundation and Arts Orange County-recently presented grants totaling $66,000 to 8 Orange County School Districts. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 were made possible by funding from The Boeing Company and the Orange County Community Foundation.

The primary purpose of the Orange County Arts Education Collaborative Fund is to support Orange County school districts that have adopted a formal arts education plan for implementation, are a member of Orange County Department of Education's Arts Advantage program and have the support of their community through an active Local Arts Network (LAN) education alliance.

An arts education plan is defined as one that addressed the areas of standards-based, sequential curriculum for all grade levels, professional for teachers, district leadership and coordination, materials, facilities, and community partnerships. "Learning in the arts has taken on increased importance as arts education is widely believed to be key in developing 21st century work skills and creative thinking", said Sarah Murr, community investor for Boeing. "Collaborative funds of this nature assist districts in addressing creativity and innovation through arts education, and ultimately benefit our community and companies like Boeing by developing a creative workforce".

Grant recipients included: Anaheim Union High School District, Huntington Beach City School District, Irvine Unified, Newport-Mesa Unified, Oceanview, Saddleback Union, Santa Ana Unified and Westminster School District