SPECTRA connects schools with Teaching Artists and funding for arts education.

SPECTRA Matching Grants


Applications for 2016-17 will launch on Tuesday, May 2nd, and close Friday, September 2. Read the guidelines here.

Link to application portal

Keeping the arts alive in schools across the county by providing funds to schools across Santa Cruz County for workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA Teaching Artists.

Public schools are eligible to apply for 1:1 matching grants, up to $2,000. SPECTRA Matching Grant applications are available in May and due in September.

Interested in becoming a SPECTRA Teaching Artist? Complete an application: Word  //  PDF. Submit to Sarah Brothers, Arts Education Manager: sarah@artscouncilsc.org.


Artist Teacher Partnership

Bringing dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to classrooms by pairing classroom teachers with SPECTRA Teaching Artists. Together, they work to integrate the arts into subjects such as ELD, math, science, and history.

Find out more about ATP.


The Arts Council partners with government agencies and foundation grants to respond to community need for arts education:

Family Arts Nights

fan-drums5“A shot in the arm of awesome!” – 2014 Family Arts Night participant

Through Family Arts Nights, parents, grandparents, and children spend an evening dancing, singing, creating, and story-telling together under the guidance of SPECTRA Teaching Artists. Family Arts Nights inspire, delight, and create a lively hands-on way for families to experience the arts together.

CollaborationsWe collaborate with the County Office of Education, Museum of Art and History, Tannery Art Center, and other community organizations to explore program and funding partnerships.

Teaching Artist Directory

The Directory is a roster of highly qualified professional Teaching Artists in the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts. SPECTRA Teaching Artists are selected through a panel review process and their work is promoted to schools throughout Santa Cruz County. Use the Directory Here.