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. This year the cuts are coming harder and deeper than ever before as the schools struggle to make their budgets balance. Two of our local schools have already had to remove art from their budgets and with your help – we can put it back!

All of our teachers are artists who can teach! They bring a passion for their subject to the classroom and their students. Their classes provide an opportunity for students to shine and be creative, whether the subject is dance, drama, ceramics or visual arts.

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. We would like to raise $10,000 to put art back into the schools where it has already been cut.

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


Many of our events and workshops require extra hands from volunteers in our community. If you would like to be a volunteer for our arts workshops, to be a docent in our gallery, or for one of our events, please give us a call:
(805) 688-9533

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