Ventura County Arts Council has several programs that integrate arts in the schools:

Artists in the Classroom:  Eight-week residency program. Teaching artists contracted by K-8 county schools come into the classroom and teach art. We have educators in most artistic disciplines available. VCAC seeks teaching artists for this program. Contact VCAC for more information.

Poetry Out Loud: A poetry recitation contest for high school students sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The California Arts Council is the state facilitator. VCAC organizes the contest locally. Short-term poetry coaching jobs available for teaching artists with performance and poetry experience.

Arts & Juvenile Justice: A program in partnership with the Ventura County Probation Department and the Ventura County Office of Education. Teaching artists work with students at Providence High School in the county’s juvenile detention center. Teaching jobs are available for interested artists.

VCAC currently has two programs where we offer grant funds to artists and art organizations:

  1. Elementary School Mini Grants: ESMG is a program that provides support to elementary schools in partnership with local artists and arts organizations to bring standards-based arts education into classrooms. The Ventura County Arts Council issues requests for proposals through our website.
  2. Artists in Community Partnership: ACP grants fund projects developed between artists and community organizations, businesses and other non-arts providers. This program is on hold, awaiting notification of an NEA Grant, and will resume in 2017. RFP’s appear online.

Additional Arts Council programs:

Poet Laureate:
VCAC established the position of Poet Laureate for Ventura County as a two year post.

Fiscal Sponsorship:
VCAC acts as fiscal sponsor for organizations in the process of applying for non-profit status, 501(c)3.

JUMP StArts:
This program was initiated by the California Arts Council to bring arts to juveniles in the justice system.

New programs from the Ventura County Arts Council:

Arts in Recovery:
A program in partnership with artist/founder Lise Solvang who teaches knitting to people in recovery.

Workforce Development:
A program based at the Ventura County Arts Collective in the Pacific View Mall.