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SPECTRA Matching Grants


SPECTRA is a program that keeps the arts alive in schools across the county by providing funds  for workshops, residencies, and performances. Public schools are eligible to apply for 1:1 matching grants, up to $1,500. 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

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

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.

Collaborations We 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.