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SPECTRA Matching Grants


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 2021-22 SPECTRA Matching Grants launches May 1. Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 10, 2021 at 4:59 pm.

Download the guidelines here: 21-22 SPECTRA Guidelines (English) (English) /20-21 Guía de Asistencia Técnica para beca SPECTRA (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.