CREATE CA to Receive $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact Grant

DATE: December 13, 2016
CONTACT: Patricia Wayne

CREATE CA to Receive $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact Grant

SacramentoNational Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $100,000 to Create CA for collective impact efforts to provide arts education to ALL students in the state of California. The Art Works category focuses on artistic excellence and artistic merit, however, collective impact projects require a significant degree of commitment among diverse participants to work together. Project partners must break through the silos that traditionally separate professions to reach mutual goals that benefit a community. The NEA recently adopted collective impact as a distinct project type available for funding at larger grant amounts and this is the second award that Create CA has been awarded.

“We are honored with the news that CREATE CA will be a recipient of this grant funding and look forward to next steps in working together with our partners to realize the goals of the grant to make a lasting impact in California” said CREATE CA Chair and Director of the Arcata Arts Institute, Anne Bown-Crawford. “On behalf of our CREATE CA Leadership Council and all involved in this coalition effort to benefit over 6 million California students, we are grateful for this amazing opportunity.”

“The first NEA collective impact grant was directed towards successfully launching the Arts Ed Data Project. Now we will be able to build on those efforts”, said Pat Wayne, Program Director.

NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson said, “These projects, like the one led by CREATE CA are changing the possibilities for arts education by moving from many and isolated conversations about specific programs to a shared conversation about how to fundamentally transform an entire school district or an entire community by ensuring all students have access to an arts education.”

The mission of Create Ca is to ensure ALL students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st century workforce.CREATE CA represents a coalition of five organizations including the California Department of Education (CDE), the California Arts Council (CAC), the California PTA, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), as well as ten elected members from the field.

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