For Schools


The SPECTRA grant program provides schools across Santa Cruz County with financial resources to support learning opportunities to students through arts workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA artists. These Matching Grants ensure that children have access to high‐quality arts education. Public schools are eligible to apply for 1:1 matching grants, up to $1,500. All it takes is a simple, single-page grant application be submitted by the school. We provide a quick turn-around on all applications. Our staff is happy to assist schools to match SPECTRA artists with their curricular needs.

The application period for 2019-20 SPECTRA Matching Grants launches May 1, and closes Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Download the guidelines here: English / Español

Link to application portal

Teaching Artist Directory

The Directory is a roster of highly qualified professional Teaching Artists in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts, maintained and updated annually. Teaching Artists are selected through a panel review process and their work is promoted to schools throughout Santa Cruz County. The Directory provides details about SPECTRA Teaching Artist performances, workshops and residency programs for schools. We are currently developing it into a comprehensive, interactive, on-line publication to connect those who want to learn an art form with Teaching Artists and arts organizations throughout the community. Get the Directory here.

Mariposa’s Art

Founded in 1998, Mariposa’s Art serves more than 2,000 students annually. During after-school arts and music and drama programs, youths learn to express themselves, creatively problem-solve, make healthy choices, and positively affect their communities.

For more information on how to get Mariposa’s Arts programs into your school contact Sarah Brothers, our Arts Education Manager at (831) 475-9600 x18

More Arts Education Information

Here are some great online sources for in-depth thought on arts education.

The Wallace Foundation and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero released the study Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, in 2009.
Download the pdf

You can read the California Alliance for Arts Education’s April 2013 policy paper on the status of arts education in California schools on their website. This is the first statewide study done since 2004.
Go to the blog post or download the pdf.