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Ventura County Arts Council

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies

Mission: The organization supports and strengthens the arts throughout ventura county by stimulating greater accessibility and public involvement in the arts; providing a clearinghouse of information and resources; expanding funding, promoting dialogue and mutual support among arts organizations and artists; and serving as a liason and advocates for its local constituencies at a regional, state and national level

Programs: The organization sponsors the visual and performing arts residency program in county juvenile facility "providence school. " the residency program for visual and performing arts for the incarcerated youth in the county's year-round court run school. The organization's rentry through the arts -contracting with an experienced local instructor to teach knitting to formerly incarcerated women taking part in the county probation agengy's steps program, managed by the county the county human services agency. The instructor will teach a 2-hour class every week in which participants will also learn to teach knitting and have an opportunity to sell their work in a retail environment where y can also receive job training.

the organization's artists in the community partnership grants program partners qualified, accomplished artists from all disciplines with non-arts county agencies or organizations to address important community issues. The organization's artists activating communities -strengthening the public square atmosphere existing at the pacific view-ventura regional mall by sponsoring workshops residency that will include hands-on art marking and deep interaction with the heavily latino neighborhood culminating in a dia de los muertos community celebration. The organization works in partnership with county board of supervisors and administrative staff to exhibit art within the hall of administration and in conjuction with local sculptors to exhibit large out-door on the grounds of the county government center.

the organization's "national arts program" is a visual arts exhibit of all mediums for current employees of of ventura county and their immediate family members in accordance with national guidelines. The organization's facilitates in ventura county the "poetry out loud. " a national recitation program initiated by the natural endowment of the arts, sponsored in california the california arts council. The organization's "elementary school arts mini-grant program" provides support to elementary schools that partner with local artists and arts organizations to bring standards-based arts education into classrooms.

the organization visual arts grant program is funded by donations, reconizes the dedication and contribution of visual arts artists living and working in ventura county. The organization facilitates display panels to artist and arts organizations in ventura county

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