Santa Cruz Education Foundation funds arts programs; joins Arts Alliance

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation has always made arts education a priority in advocacy and funding. That work was on display last June with the successful renewal of Measure J, the parcel tax that helps to fund our visual arts and music programs in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

This week, the Foundation is proud to announce contributions to our high school and middle school visual arts programs and the continuation of a partnership with the Cultural Council and the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission to fund display of student art at City Hall.

Nearly $5,000 in gifts were made this week to support visual arts education in our schools:

  • Harbor High School: $1,000
  • Santa Cruz High School: $1,000
  • Soquel High School: $1,000
  • Branciforte Middle School: $500
  • Mission Hill Middle School: $500
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz: $700

These grants were made possible through our donors and our partnership with the organizers of fashionART Santa Cruz.

The Foundation is also helping to lead a countywide initiative to advocate for the importance of arts education. The Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education launched in September with a gathering that included the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) and was hosted by Neal Coonerty, County of Santa Cruz Supervisor, Michael C. Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, and Ann Morhauser, Designer and CEO of Annieglass. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation joins the effort as a member of the Alliance Leadership Team.