The California Arts Council, a state agency, awarded one of only two Artists in Schools Planning grants of $2,500 to Music at the Mission plus $2,900 as part of its Professional Development Consulting program. These are the first California Arts Council grants awarded to Music at the Mission.
The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California's students. This year, the California Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program will allow 144 arts organizations to hire 580 teaching artists that will serve a total of more than 43,000 students in 323 schools across California.
The Artists in Schools grant supports collaborative development of a plan to create an artist residency that brings teaching artists into a public school in a future academic year. Music at the Mission partners with Fremont Unified School District to create a plan that forges new connections between the District, schools and teaching artists. The Plan will hopefully lead to California Arts Council funding of the artist residency.
Fremont Unified School District Director of Secondary Education James Maxwell says, “We are eager to partner with Music at the Mission, which has brought many ensembles to our elementary, junior high and high schools over the past 10 years. This special opportunity to plan for an artist residency will deepen and broaden our relationship for the benefit of our music students.”
With support from the Professional Development Consulting grant, Music at the Mission will undertake a critical project to vastly improve database management. DonorPerfect Advisory Services will assess the current data management practices, make recommendations, and assist and train volunteers to integrate four databases into a master system.
Music at the Mission President Carmela Waugh is optimistic about the project; “My hope is to get everyone’s support and dedication in using DonorPerfect to its full capabilities.”
The news of Music at the Mission’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state. This was an historic year of state arts support. More than $8.5 million funded 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.
The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17.
Music at the Mission presents classical and contemporary chamber performances that are enriching, engaging, provocative and bold. The organization’s goal is to build greater access and understanding of classical music through live performances, educational and community outreach programs, and a summer chamber music festival (ChamberFest) for students. Founded in 2005, Music at the Mission is a 501(c)3 with an office in Fremont, California.