For Schools


SPECTRA Matching grants are provided to assist Santa Cruz County K-12 public schools and community organizations to enhance their arts education programs by bringing SPECTRA Teaching Artists into classrooms for visual, performing, or literary arts workshops, residencies, and performances. Matching grants are awarded, based on funding availability, up to $2,000.

We prioritize our funding based on equity and where we can make the greatest sustainable impact. Our number one priority goes to schools where high percentages (60-100% unduplicated) students are students of color, English Language Learners, on free and reduced meal plans, and are foster youth.The application period for 2020-21 SPECTRA Matching Grants launches May 1, and closes Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5 pm.

Download the guidelines here: Engl20-21 SPECTRA Guidelines – English / 20-21 Guia de Asistencia Tecnica para beca SPECTRA

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.