JUMP StArts is a grant program from the California Arts Council.

JUMP StArts supports quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs for at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. Activities may take place in classroom, after school, social services or incarceration settings throughout many diverse communities in California.

VCAC received a Jump StArts grant in 2015 to support a program we designed for the Recovery Classroom at Gateway school in Camarillo.

The Recovery Classroom was for juveniles with recurring addiction issues. Teens found guilty of minor drug offenses can attend this school as an alternative to being sent to juvenile detention. The grant funded two artist educators.

Kim Maxwell taught drama and writing. She runs the Kim Maxwell studio in Ojai.

JumpStArts VC Arts CouncilStudents read Macbeth. They read Our Lady of 121st Street and Den of Thieves by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The class went on a field trip to LA to see Richard Cabral, actor on ABC’s American Crime, perform his one man play, Fighting Shadows.

A chap book of their poetry was published: R Poets. Students recited their poems and music producer/composer Kenny Dread edited in beats underneath. Students also interviewed each other about their writing as part of a podcast lesson.

VCAC received another JUMP StArts grant in 2016 for which funds were matched.

VCAC’s existing arts program at Providence school will be expanded. There have been classes in drawing, music, dance, poetry and theater. We will expand with bead making, drumming and crochet.

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