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:
Additional Arts Council programs:
VCAC established the position of Poet Laureate for Ventura County as a two year post.
VCAC acts as fiscal sponsor for organizations in the process of applying for non-profit status, 501(c)3.
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.
A program based at the Ventura County Arts Collective in the Pacific View Mall.