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Summer Arts Youth Program Grants Announced

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Summer Arts Youth Program Grants Announced
$100,000 awarded to Sonoma Arts Organizations

The Board of Supervisors announced that 15 grants were awarded for summer arts youth program across the County. Arts programs will take place between now and September 15 at art centers, schools and community centers. This is the second year of funding from the County for this program, which reached nearly 1500 youth with close to 1500 hours of arts programming last summer. The grant program was administrated by Creative Sonoma, a countywide arts initiative through the County’s Economic Development Board.

Projects that were funded will serve students in age ranges from 5 to 18, and include programs that teach young people arts skills in music, theater, dance, writing, film and more. Workshops also include training in the business skillls necessary to have a career in a creative field, and life skills such as communication, teamwork and creative problem solving.

“Studies confirm that the arts help develop students’ critical thinking and collaboration skills, among many other positive benefits,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Efren Carrillo. “Summer arts programs can also help students avoid the learning loss that can occur over the break from school.”

This allocation of $100,000 recognizes the ongoing efforts of Sonoma County’s nonprofit arts organizations to bring arts exploration to young people.

For more information on Creative Sonoma and the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants, please contact Kristen Madsen at kristen.madsen@sonoma-county.org.