Sharing the arts is priceless

Arts Outreach is proud to be supported by not only our students and families, but also through events, concerts and charitable donations.

We need your help!

Did you know that last year it cost Arts Outreach only $2 per student per day to put an art, dance, drama or music workshop in a classroom for six weeks or $10 per student per year through our Artist in Residence program? Surely this is a small price to pay for exposure to the arts. Arts and music are important and are always the first things to be cut from school budgets.

With so much emphasis in our schools on state tested subjects it is sometimes hard to discern what arts-deprived kids are missing. A recent article, “How the Arts Help Children to Create Healthy Social Scripts” by Liane Brouillette of the University of California, Irvine, explores this and the argument is made that for children to become successful adults, they need to know more than just how to read, write and multiply. They need to learn fundamental social skills, such as the ability to “persist in goal-oriented activity, to seek help when needed, and to participate in and benefit from relationships.”

The arts are an invaluable teaching tool in this regard, in that they “naturally and frequently involve group tasks,” Brouillette notes. “Activities such as dramatic play or dancing in unison provide a venue for learning collaboration and cooperation.”

Please help us to keep art alive in our local schools, by making a donation today! Your money will have an impact on the lives of local students.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff of Arts Outreach, thank you for your generous support.


Having a robust volunteer team is critical to our ability to succeed in our mission to provide access to the arts to the children and seniors of the Santa Ynez Valley. With such a wide variety of volunteer activities available, there is certain to be something of interest for everyone.  Please look over our list of volunteer opportunities and let us know where you would like to help. Don’t be shy – mark as many areas as you like!

We look forward to working with you and helping bring more arts opportunities to our local community.

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