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August 25, 2011
California Arts Council gives $10,000 grant to YoloArts

By Dante Geoffrey
dgeoffrey@sacbee.com
glassblower_05.jpgLocal art will receive a boost in Yolo County, thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded by the California Arts Council.

YoloArts received the 2010-11 Creating Public Value grant for demonstrating a strong commitment to enrich the Yolo County community through the arts.

The nonprofit organization, based in Woodland, offers artist workshops, public lectures and performance art. A calendar of YoloArts' events can be found here.

YoloArts was one of 87 organizations statewide selected to receive a grant. It received the largest of eight local grants. Others are:

Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento, which received $9,500 to provide free classes in Mexican dance, music and culture for young children and to create a parent networking group.

La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento, which received $8,900 to expand programming including a Dia de los Muertos event and produce "Tradiciones Musicales de Mexico," and outdoor music concert.

Music in the Mountains in Nevada City, which plans to increase student enrollment in its Young Composers Program by designing new lesson plans. It receives $8,900.

Public Education Enrichment Fund in Nevada City, which received $7,313 to work on new partnerships with Nevada County artists and their audiences.

Siskiyou Arts Council of Mount Shasta, which secured $6,510 to create an Arts Ambassador Program to develop relationships between the council and rural communities.

Susanville Symphony Society, which won $8,000 to expand the symphony's Academy of Music.

Tahoe Arts Project, based in South Lake Tahoe, which received $7,500 to expand participation in performing arts programs for K-12 students and public performances for residents and tourists.

Funding for the grants is made possible in part by the sale of Arts License Plates, a specialty license plate designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. For more information about the plates visit this site.

For more information about the Creating Public Value program, call (916) 322-6588 and speak with Mary Beth Barber at the California Arts Council or visit their website.

Call The Bee's Dante Geoffrey, (916) 321-1198.

Photo courtesy, YoloArts: Artist Rene Steinke demonstrates how to blow glass at a YoloArts event.

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