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Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Awarded California Arts Council ‘Youth Arts Action’ Grant

State funds support community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects

Oceanside CA— 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.”

To view a complete listing of all Youth Arts Action grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1819/CurrentGrantees/FY18-19_Project_Descriptions_YAA.pdf.