SACRAMENTO- The California Arts Council announces that Lux Art Institute has received an "Artists in Schools" grant for the 2011-2012 school and fiscal year. The "Artists in Schools" program from the state's arts agency is designed to support professional teaching artists in residency activities in classrooms and after school programs.
Lux Art Institute in Encinitas will support an in-school visual art program at Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts for students in grades second, fourth, and sixth. The 18-week program will be taught by teaching artists and will feature projects using painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed-media that will allow students to explore and discuss museum-quality art in their classrooms. The organization received $9,600 in funding. There are 135 arts organizations that received “Artists in Schools” grants to help bring music, theater, dance, visual arts and related arts to children statewide during the 2011-2012 school year.
"The arts are crucial to a student's educational development and especially enhance the essential life and career skills of creativity and imagination," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "Our agency supports standards-based arts education through the Artists in Schools program so professional teaching artists can enhance the imagination and creativity of our state's school-age children."
Music, theater, dance, and the visual arts are at the core of these standards-based teaching artists residencies that will engage students from different socio-economic backgrounds in positive artistic expression. Examples of residencies vary from robust music programs to public-art projects that involve students and members of the community to theater training and public performances.
The organizations receiving funding are in two categories: teaching-artists residency activity, or planning grants. There are 129 organizations which will receive funding to bring professional teaching artists to in-school and after-school settings, and six organizations will receive planning grants designed to assist the arts organization and school partner to plan a course of action and strategies to incorporate arts into the classroom and community. The total amount allocated for the 2011-12 Artists in Schools program is $1,099,995.
For more information about Lux Art Institute, please visit www.luxartinstitue.org.
Reporters interested in the “Artists in Schools” program may contact Mary Beth Barber, Information Officer, a, or (916) 322-6588. Arts organizations or school administrators interested in information about the “Artists in Schools” program may contact Wayne Cook, Arts Education Administrator and Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (916) 322-6344.
Lux Art Institute, located in Encinitas, Calif., is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site, while producing a commissioned work of art – start to finish. This one-of-a-kind institution welcomes visitors to not only “see art,” but also to “see art happen.”
Throughout each year, Lux hosts several significant regional, national and international artists who participate in its residency program. Visitors from across the country are able to participate in exclusive liaison-led tours, providing intimate access to the artist-in-residence, the artist’s exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection of indoor and outdoor art. Lux also offers a wide range of innovative programming for all ages.
The recipient of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s top design award, the Grand Orchid, and the first art museum in California awarded LEED certification for new construction, Lux is located alongside one of Southern California’s few remaining coastal wetlands. The five-acre site also overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon and is surrounded by a wildlife preserve that stretches to the Pacific Ocean.
Through its Phase II Capital Campaign, Lux plans to add more than 25,000 square feet of galleries and classrooms. Once completed, the new building will also feature a hilltop plaza and a series of gardens climbing between the galleries and the Artist Pavilion.
Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas, Calif. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and cost is $10 for two visits. For more information about donations, memberships, volunteer opportunities and more, visit http://www.luxartinstitute.org or call 760-436-6611.