Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Awarded Three California Arts Council Grants

Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 2:43 pm
State funds support Education and Engagement Efforts

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 7, 2020) – The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the recipient of three California Arts Council grant awards for a total of $55,564. Three exemplary outreach programs were recognized in the categories of Art Education, Veterans in the Arts and Youth Art Action.

“Education and engagement has long been a core mission of our organization. With this support from the California Art Council, MCASD will be able to continue our outreach programs that bring quality arts programming to youth and veterans. We are proud of these initiatives that help diversify and expand our outreach and arts-based learning efforts,” said Kathryn Kanjo, the David C. Copley Director and CEO.

Programs Receiving Grants:

ArtOASIS is a comprehensive art-based program supporting the recovery of active duty armed forces members from combat related stress. MCASDwill continue to bring high quality arts programming to approximately 75 veterans enrolled in a residential treatment program at that Veteran's Village of San Diego through weekly museum visits and hands-on art making workshops. Museum staff will also mentor a select group of veterans through the curatorial process to present a culminating public exhibition, serving 3,000, to celebrate the work created in the program.

The Teen Advisory Council (TAG) brings diverse high school students from across San Diego County together for education and investigation of a social issue through the lens of contemporary art. The in-depth program includes exploration of exhibitions, cross-cultural engagement, hands-on creation, and a culminating showcase.

Extended School Partnership (ESP) is a high-quality, arts integration program for grades 6-12. Classrooms participate over a full semester and through multiple levels of engagement, including teacher professional development, visits to the Museum, in-class activities, and a public showcase of student artwork hosted at the Museum. MCASD will continue to deliver ESP Programs to 10 schools and over 1,300 students in San Diego.

MCASD was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council of more than 1,500 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state for their work in support of the agency’s mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. The investment of nearly $30 million marks a more than $5 million increase over the previous fiscal year, and the largest in California Arts Council history. Organizations were awarded grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement; and directly benefiting our state's communities, with youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California's historically marginalized communities key among them. Successful projects aligned closely with the agency's vision of a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Arts Council recognizes that some grantees may need to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities supported by CAC funds, due to state and local public health guidelines. The state arts agency is prioritizing flexibility in addressing these changes and supporting appropriate solutions for grantees.

"Creativity sits at the very heart of our identity as Californians and as a people. In this unprecedented moment, the need to understand, endure, and transcend our lived experiences through arts and culture is all the more relevant for each of us,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD)
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. http://www.mcasd.org

The CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts. The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit http://arts.ca.gov/aboutus/language.php.