Arts Education

Sparking Imaginations in Classrooms

Get the resources you need to make Santa Cruz County’s classrooms a more creative, igniting educational space. Every year, we work to bridge the arts education gap for 18,000 students from North to South County.

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For Schools

Add some creativity to your classroom while developing your students’ critical thinking skills. We’ve got all your resources covered– from SPECTRA arts education grants to our Teaching Artist Directory and Mariposa Arts after school arts program– and can help you take your school’s arts education to the next level.

Connect with financial support, teaching artists, and after school programs

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For Teaching Artists

Use your skills to make a difference in our community’s learning spaces. Join dozens of other Santa Cruz County artists and bring your artistic talents to teachers, core subject classes, and after school programs.

Share your skills with students

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For Arts Education Advocates

If you believe– like we do– that every student should have arts education in their day, connect with others who feel the same. The Arts Now Community brings together parents, educational leaders, and school stakeholders twice a year to facilitate important dialogue about the state of arts education in our community. Our vision is arts education for every student, in every classroom, every day. Last year, we served over 18,000 students, employed 71 Teaching Artists, and allocated 80% of our arts education resources to historically underserved populations. Help us make our vision a reality as part of our Arts Now advocacy group.

Get involved and support Arts Ed in Santa Cruz County.

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Special thanks to our Arts Education Sponsor Scharf Investments for supporting learning in the arts!