The VC Arts Council is pleased to provide fiscal sponsorship to the following organizations:
California Poets In The Schools (CPITS) Ventura chapter
CPITS is a community-based poetry education program comprised of published poets who are professionally trained to bring their craft into the classroom. We believe that each student brings a unique perspective and our instructors are eager to teach them and to hear what they have to say. We are committed to working with students from all socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds, including at-risk youth and those with special needs. Our goal is to ignite imaginations and inspire a passion for language.
Contact: Fernando Salinas, Ventura County Area Coordinator and poet teacher Doorway2themind@yahoo.com
Dancing With Our Local Schools (DWOLS)
DWOLS provides children an outlet for self-expression and creativity through the understanding and practice of ballroom dance, promoting positive social interaction and increased self-confidence. DWOLS was founded in 2010 by Maria Durant, as a not-for-profit, educational offshoot of her business, Dance 4 Wellness, in Thousand Oaks, CA. In six years of operation, DWOLS has brought dance instruction to almost 6,000 children in over 15 schools.
DWOLS employs three dance instructors and currently works with five schools. The program consists of two 12 week sessions over 24 weeks and culminating in Spring Showcase at La Reina High School where the performance space becomes an elegant ballroom, complete with red carpets, balloons and decorations. The purpose of this program is to expose students to different cultures through dance, teach them the importance of healthy interaction with the opposite gender so they can learn to work together toward a common goal. DWOLS teaches students a variety of dance steps and musical styles such as Salsa, Cha-cha, Merengue, Swing, Tango, Waltz and Foxtrot.
Knitting In Recovery (KIR)
Knitting In Recovery helps women suffering from mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and those traumatized by domestic violence or sexual assault. Lise Solvang founded KIR in 2006. What began as a personal mission on her own path toward recovery gradually grew into a successful program offered at treatment centers and other facilities in Ventura County that provide services for people who have suffered or may be suffering from mental illness, drug addition, domestic violence, and homelessness. Years of teaching in group settings has given her a keen understanding of the group dynamic as it relates to therapy and healing. Ms. Solvang is an experienced needle-work artist and her knitting circles are safe and supportive environments that teach participants a valuable skill.
KIR offers knitting and crochet classes, service work and community integration. Blending arts instruction with workforce development and incorporating the traditional recovery tenet that teaches the value of being of service to others is what sets this program apart. Offered together, these experiences help participants with a re-integration into society as they develop self-esteem, learn to be teachers, and apply their newfound skill by donating and selling pieces they made at fundraising events and in retail settings.
KIR currently provides services at ten different facilities located in Ventura County– New Visions Center and the Oxnard Club House, both part of Turning Point Foundation, Prototypes, Project Understanding, Ribbons of Life, Evolve, the Ojai Valley Alano Club, Sulphur Mountain Sober Living, and 4 Kids 2 Kids.
Knitting In Recovery
316 N. Rice Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
The Oxnard Music Advocacy Group (OMAG)
OMAG is dedicated to bringing quality music education to every child in the Oxnard Unified School District. OMAG consists of a diverse group of community members who share time and resources in the belief that music enriches and enhances quality of life and promotes positive attributes in the lives of youth. We welcome volunteers: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Oxnard Music Advocacy Group
c/o Oxnard School District Educational Foundation
OMAG/ OSDEF P.O. Box 623
Oxnard, CA 93032
WAV (Working Artists Ventura)
The WAV is a state-of-the-art community, designed for artists and creative businesses and located in downtown Ventura, California. WAV offers affordable living and work space for all types of artists. We have a Community Room for performances, films, art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and classes. We also offer our venue for public use. The WAV complex was designed and built to the highest standards of green technology and is LEED™ Certified, which includes recycled building materials, car sharing, water and energy conservation, with renewable solar power.
Working Artists Ventura
175 S, Ventura Ave.
Ventura, CA 93001