Oceanside, CA (JULY, 2019) Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) was awarded $5,877 from the California Arts Council as part of its Youth Arts Action program.
As part of the grant, BGCO will offer 60 youth, three weeks of art education including photography, pastel drawing and other art mediums. The summer classes will culminate in a community-wide event, where the participants’ art work will be displayed.
“We are so grateful to the California Arts Council for helping us increase access to art for youth in Oceanside. With this support, we are able to provide a range of art classes to youth, helping them stay engaged in arts education during the summer. These classes are so important because they provide youth with exposure to different forms of art that they might not receive otherwise.” Jodi Diamond, CEO.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is one of 244 grantees chosen for the Youth Arts Action program and the only Boys & Girls Club to have received this award. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.
Youth Arts Action supports projects for youth from infancy through age 24 that operate outside of school time, in artistic venues and community settings as well as on school sites. This program encourages relevant, dynamic, and innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects.
“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”
You can view a complete listing of all Youth Arts Action grantees.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) is a youth development organization that is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and enriching environment for youth to spend time during non-school hours.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is a local, independent organization affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. BGCO raises 100% of the funds that support our life changing programs through individual giving, events and grants. 100% of those funds stay right here in North County to serve youth in our local communities.
We continue to uphold our mission: To inspire, develop and enrich young people to reach their fullest potential as confident, responsible, caring members of society.
About California Arts Council
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.