I’m very excited to announce that our project “A Drive To Create” has been selected to receive a CAC “Artists Activating Communities” grant!
This mobile art making project will be traveling to locations around Walnut Creek starting in January 2017! Info on the grant is below…
Walnut Creek, CA– The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $13,500 to Civic Arts Education to help fund “A Drive to Create” as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program.
“A Drive to Create”, is a collaboration between Bay Area artist and curator Peter Foucault, the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education (CAE) Program and selected CAE instructors. “A Drive to Create” features a custom art-making trailer towed behind a vintage 1967 Austin Healey Sprite. This set-up will serve as a visual draw to engage residents when it arrives at sites in Walnut Creek that are identified as being underserved in the arts due to a far proximity from arts facilities or are lower income locations that might not have existing art programming. The goal of this project is to directly interact with residents who often have little access to the arts and provide quality art-making activities that can inspire them to work collaboratively. These carefully designed activities and interactions will act as a catalyst to get participants thinking about the importance of art in their community.
A new pilot grant program, Artists Activating Communities supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society. Artists Activating Communities projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.
This is the first time the Artists Activating Communities program has been offered. Walnut Creeks Civic Arts Education program is one of only forty-seven grantees for this highly-competitive program, which received applications from eighty-five organizations statewide.
“California Arts Council grants support a wide range of projects that are crafted by each community to reflect their values and needs,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “It is thrilling to see what artists can accomplish when working collaboratively with their communities. An increased state investment in the arts allows us to further spark powerful growth and prosperity in our communities, such as the outstanding work that will result from the deep arts engagement provided by Civic Arts Education and Peter Foucault’s Artists Activating Communities project.”
To view a complete listing of all Artists Activating Communities grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/CAC-AAC-2015-16Grantees.pdf.
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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.