State funds support outreach and education programs for 300 Santa Ana students.

LAGUNA BEACH, CA (May 6, 2020) — Today the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $13,036 to Laguna Art Museum as part of its Arts Education Exposure program.

With support from the CAC, Laguna Art Museum will bring third and fourth grade students from Santa Ana for tours of the museum’s exhibitions, followed by related art-making activities, and supported by materials provided in advance of the visits. With this far-reaching program, the museum will expose at least 300 students to art, art history, art techniques, and museums, ensuring that they receive high quality arts education. Laguna Art Museum has engaged in outreach projects in Santa Ana since 2016. In collaboration with Santa Ana teachers, the program in 2020-21 will continue to inspire children to engage with art by learning the fundamentals in a fun and hands-on environment.

“We are delighted to be able to continue expanding our audience in Santa Ana,” said Marinta Skupin, Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Education.“The museum’s 2016 PST LA/LA exhibition, California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930, provided us with the perfect opportunity to launch education outreach efforts and to establish formal relationships with our Santa Ana neighbors. As Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art, we are proud to continue to reach out to all of California’s citizens and particularly to the growing Latino community.”

Laguna Art Museum 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. “The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, at a time when our communities’ need is perhaps greater than ever before. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”

About Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field. 

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who fostered a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
General admission: $7.00
Students (18+) and Seniors (60+): $5.00
Visitors aged 17 and under: FREE
Museum members: FREE
Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |

About California Arts Council
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.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more

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